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 rmcdonough@kcpw.org.

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Stop the presses. Utah’s two oldest and largest newspapers to print once a week

“Stop the presses” is a phrase from the heyday of newspaper journalism that referred to a temporary pause on printing for a big, breaking story. The phrase is taking on a more permanent meaning this week after Utah’s two oldest and largest daily newspapers announced they’ll move to a weekly format in 2021. And the printing […]

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The Lincoln Project’s Stuart Stevens on the 2020 election and the future of the GOP

Today on “In the Hive,” we’re joined by a longtime Republican strategist who early on in the last presidential election cycle decided that Donald Trump wasn’t the right candidate for his party, or the right president for his country.  Stuart Stevens is a political operative who worked on both of George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns and […]

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The Candidates: Utah’s Republican Attorney General seeks reelection

On “In the Hive,” we’re continuing our conversations with candidates for statewide office. Today it’s incumbent Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. He responds to some questions raised last week by his Democratic opponent, attorney Greg Skordas, and makes his pitch for reelection. Later in the show, Utah Elections Director Justin Lee talks about the ins […]

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Candidates for statewide office: the Democrats

This week, and next, on “In the Hive,” we feature conversations with candidates for statewide office. Today it’s the Democratic candidates for Governor and Attorney General of Utah. Attorney and law professor Chris Peterson finds fault in the pandemic response led by his opponent in the gubernatorial contest, Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Among other things, […]

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Former GOP lawmaker’s new project? Starting a mushroom-based religion

On this episode of “In the Hive,” we have a conversation with former GOP state lawmaker Steve Urquhart, who served 16 years in the Utah legislature. Urquhart had a falling out with his party, and with his church, over the stance both took when it came to equal protections for LGBTQ people. After finally getting a […]

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