From social activism, to local politics, to arts and culture, “In the Hive” explores the issues and ideas that tie Utah together. Hosted and produced by KCPW’s Emily Means, each episode of this award-winning current affairs program explores a different theme–such as public transportation, homelessness and air quality–and features conversations with experts in their fields as well as members of the public who have a stake in the show’s topic.

Tune into KCPW Thursday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at noon to hear how these topics impact people in Utah.

KCPW producer and host Emily Means started college with plans to be a doctor, but an ill-fated organic chemistry class and a successful classic rock show on K-UTE Radio changed her path for the better. A Salt Lake City transplant from Layton, before joining KCPW Emily produced the daily news program “Trib Talk” at The Salt Lake Tribune and covered music and art for the features desk. She also produced “RadioActive,” KRCL’s nightly current affairs program, addressing topics ranging from homelessness to tomato gardens. Along with “In the Hive,” Emily produces “Both Sides of the Aisle,” “Behind the Headlines” and “Jazz Time with Steve Williams” on KCPW. Emily holds a B.A. in communication from the University of Utah, speaks un po d’italiano and loves to talk politics, podcasts and locally roasted coffee. Contact her at

Project Homeless Connect and tai chi on Library Square

In the Hive — (Original air date: October 12, 2017): Today’s show looks at two programs helping connect people experiencing homelessness with the resources and services they need — and with each other. Mike Akerlow, deputy director of community and neighborhoods with Salt Lake City, talks about Project Homeless Connect, the one-day convening of homeless service […]

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Salt Lake City streets and moving about town

In the Hive — Today on the show: Salt Lake City has 600 miles of roads, and about 2/3 of them are in poor or worse condition. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski discusses the $87 million bond for street reconstruction on voters’ ballots, a funding option to repair the worst of the roads; Director […]

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Being progressive in conservative Utah

Today on the show: The midterm elections are coming up, and with progressive candidates across the nation winning primaries against Democratic incumbents, what’s the state of the left side of the political aisle in Utah? Utah Democratic Party Chair Daisy Thomas talks about engaging more voters in the big tent party on the issues they care […]

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The Poor People’s Campaign in Utah

(Original air date: July 19, 2018) Today on the show: How are poor people faring in Utah? Rev. Monica Hall of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ogden talks about the Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement against poverty on moral grounds; Tracy Gruber, senior adviser for Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty Initiative, gives us the numbers on Utah’s families experiencing […]

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Free speech on college campuses

(Original air date: October 5, 2017) Today on the show: a look at the campus-wide conversation surrounding free speech at college campuses, specifically at the University of Utah. An appearance by conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, hosted by the Young Americans for Freedom at the University of Utah, prompted protests by Black Lives Matter, MEChA and Students for a Democratic […]

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