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The Takeaway

Mormon Church Confronts Its Uncomfortable Past

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the first time, the Mormon Church has officially acknowledged the full extent of prophet Joseph Smith’s polygamy. Is the church being forthcoming or is this just a cynical PR move? 

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PRI's The World

Mormon women are flocking to the mission, but inequalities remain

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Mormon Church is well-known for its worldwide proselytizing force. Now large numbers of young women are joining up thanks a change in policy that lowered the minimum age for female missionaries to 19. But gender gaps remain between men and women.

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WQXR Blog

Utah Symphony Barnstorms Five National Parks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Salt Lake City, UT: Updating Tradition

Friday, June 06, 2014

When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has hit the pause button on same-sex marriage in Utah. Federal Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in December, but yesterday the Supreme Court issued a stay on the decision. Suzanne Goldberg, a professor at Columbia Law School, considers whether this latest move is an indication that the Supreme Court is heavily focused on states rights issues.

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The Takeaway

Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Travelers: A Wallace Stegner Tribute

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A traveling salesman lost in a snow storm finds himself, and a farm family dreams of an excursion to town in two stories by this American master.

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The Takeaway

Money: Silver's Worth, Gadhafi and Goldman Sachs

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Utah has the first law on the books encouraging residents to use gold or silver coins made by the Mint as cash. The legislation is called the Legal Tender Act of 2011. The law was inspired by Tea Party supporters who believe the dollar should be backed by gold or silver and worry that a currency collapse looms in our country's future.

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The Takeaway

Privatizing Pensions: Solution to States' Financial Woes?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

We’ve talked a lot about states’ budget crises on The Takeaway. Yesterday we discussed legislation that would allow states to declare bankruptcy. Many state policymakers blame their financial woes on public employees and their expensive pension plans. Utah was in the same boat — until the state legislature enacted sweeping reforms, changing public pensions to private 401(k)s. Will this become law in other states? How will privatizing pensions affect state employees and taxpayers? 

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The Takeaway

So Long to Affirmative Action in Utah?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

For this week's segment on the workplace, we look at the battle over affirmative action. Arizona just passed anti-affirmative action legislation earlier this month, and soon, Utah could follow suit.  An anti-affirmative action bill could be reintroduced for a vote in the Utah House of Representatives early next year. With a new crop of Republicans taking over for ousted Democrats after the mid-term elections, the bill looks more and more likely to pass.

For details on this bill and its implications, we speak with KCPW reporter Elizabeth Zeigler, in Utah.

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The Takeaway

An Exit Interview with Utah's Sen Bob Bennett

Monday, November 22, 2010

This past election season was dominated by coverage of the Tea Party — and many outgoing politicians were ousted by Tea Party-backed candidates. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was among the first and most surprising of these casualties, losing to Tea Party-supported Mike Lee in Utah's Republican convention, back in May.

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The Takeaway

Leaked List Targets Utah's Undocumented Latinos

Thursday, July 15, 2010

An anonymous group in Utah sent a list of 1,300 names to immigration offices and media outlets yesterday. It included detailed information, including Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and even names of children and family members. Almost all of the people on the list are Latinos. The group also penned a letter, demanding that the undocumented persons on the list be deported immediately. State officials say they are investigating how the information was leaked - but Latinos in Utah are scared.

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The Takeaway

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise

Monday, June 21, 2010

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 980,000 people in the U.S. are addicted to some type of opiates: a sharp uptick in recent years. The number of emergency room visits linked to non-medical use of prescription pain relievers has more than doubled in recent years. The prescription painkillers being abused include oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. And in six states—Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah and Vermont—accidental drug deaths due to use of anxiety medications increased 64 percent between 2004 and 2007.

 

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New Sounds

"Found" Sounds

Sunday, June 13, 2010

From the New Sounds Live concerts at Merkin Hall, The Curiously Strong Winds play two works by composer/politician Phillip Bimstein .

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The Takeaway

Join the Team! Obama Sends GOP Governor to China

Monday, May 18, 2009

President Obama has appointed Utah's Republican Governor Jon Huntsman as his Ambassador to China. Many say it’s a politically savvy move that will ensure the moderate Republican Huntsman,a Mormon who co-chaired John McCain's campaign, is out of the running as a candidate for the 2012 presidential election. The Takeaway talks to Alexander Burns, a reporter for Politico.

Here's the President announcing his choice of Jon Huntsman:

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On Being

Robert Millet — Inside Mormon Faith [remix]

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the church's history. We'll avoid well-trodden gr

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On Being

[Unedited] Robert Millet With Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the church's history. We'll avoid well-trodden gr

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Studio 360

Sun Tunnels

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Going west has always meant reinventing yourself, and building something new.  In the 1960s, a group of New York sculptors decided they'd build their work right into and out of the deserts and mountains of the West. It can be hard to go see these Earthwork sculptures — tucked away ...

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Studio 360

Spiral Jetty

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork the Spiral Jetty usually lies beneath ten feet of water in the Great Salt Lake. Last summer, a drought in Utah lowered water levels in the lake, and the jetty reemerged for the first time since the mid-nineties. Eric Fredericksen looks ...

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Studio 360

The Spiral Jetty Reemerges

Saturday, December 07, 2002

Robert Smithson’s monumental earthwork the Spiral Jetty usually lies beneath ten feet of water in the Great Salt Lake. This summer, a drought in Utah lowered water levels in the lake, and the jetty reemerged for the first time since the mid-nineties. Producer Eric Fredericksen looks into the history ...

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