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.

SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall on winter shelter, infectious disease specialist talks Omicron

This week on In the Hive, the continuation of last week’s conversation about homelessness in northern Utah. Host Roger McDonough sits down with Salt Lake City mayor Erin Mendenhall to get her thoughts on the outsized role Utah’s capitol city plays in providing services for those who find themselves without shelter. Plus, an infectious disease […]

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With overflow shelter site secured for this winter, what’s the long-term plan on homelessness?

Last week, Salt Lake City leaders reluctantly agreed to host a temporary winter overflow shelter at what was previously a Ramada Inn on North Temple and Redwood Road. The announcement came after the Salt Lake Valley Coalition to End Homelessness said that they considered locations in other cities, but each option ended up being unworkable. […]

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Gondola, wider lanes, or none of the above for Little Cottonwood Canyon?

Today on “In the Hive,” we look at where things stand in the planning process that aims to change how transportation is done in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Utah Department of Transportation released a draft Environmental Impact Statement earlier this year and identified two preferred alternatives to relieve congestion in the canyon: an enhanced bus […]

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Redistricting post-mortem: Utah lawmakers ignore work of independent commission

During a special session of the legislature, Utah lawmakers gave the green light to electoral maps that critics say represent textbook gerrymandering. Today on the program, we examine the recent history of redistricting in Utah and ask why lawmakers ignored the maps created through a painstaking and transparent process by the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission. […]

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The sordid tale of early Utah grave robber Jean Baptiste

Two years ago, the late, great western historian Will Bagley helped KCPW relate what is perhaps the quintessential Utah Halloween story — the sordid tale of grave robber Jean Baptiste. In 1862, pioneer Salt Lake City was up in arms over the revelation that the grave digger at the city cemetery had been unearthing corpses […]

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