From local politics, to arts and culture, to history, the environment and beyond, “In the Hive” explores the issues and ideas that tie Utah together. Hosted and produced by KCPW’s Roger McDonough, 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 Roger McDonough is a practiced freelance print and radio journalist. A Salt Lake City native, Roger provides local news weekday mornings and also hosts Behind the Headlines – a weekly recap of local news with reporters from The Salt Lake Tribune. He previously contributed to KCPW with an award-winning local history segment that was developed in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library, where he worked for nine years. He has an M.A. in Public Policy and Development Management from Georgetown University, a parallel degree from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina), and a B.A. in English from the University of Utah. E-mail him in English or Spanish at

Vaccination remains key in fight against increasingly prevalent Delta variant

Earlier this week, medical researchers and doctors from the University of Utah held a press conference to talk about an uptick in coronavirus infections in Utah, and to draw attention to the arrival in the state of the more-contagious Delta variant of the virus. The variant, first identified in India, was recently classified as a […]

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Advocates (still) hope to save historic Salt Lake City theater as luxury apartment deal looms

Last week, a preservation-minded activist chained himself to the doors of a building on Salt Lake City’s Main Street. Michael Valentine wants to see the 103-year-old Pantages Theatre saved from demolition after the city inked a deal with real estate giant Hines and the Utah-based Lasalle Group to replace the aging structure with a luxury apartment […]

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Utah DNR head Brian Steed on drought conditions, and Sweet Streets SLC says ’20 is Plenty’

On this episode of “In the Hive,” we continue the conversation we started last week about drought in Utah. Today, we speak with Brian Steed, head of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, an agency that has a great deal of control over water in the state. Steed says that we can do a lot […]

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Persistent drought concerning to Utah water and fire managers

Scientists say a swath of the western United States is in the midst of a persistent, decades-long ‘megadrought.’ Utah is far drier today than it was one year ago at the start of the record-breaking 2020 fire season. Researchers with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service say that water managers in the state “should prepare […]

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A tribute to Steve Williams – longtime anchor of Utah’s jazz scene

After a 42-year career in broadcasting, local jazz music host Steve Williams has retired. Again. Williams was a beloved jazz DJ in Utah long before he landed at KCPW back in October of 2015. He first worked as a jazzman at KRCL in 1979 and then spent several decades at KUER before landing at KCPW […]

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