Today a conversation with Sen. Brent Hill about civil discourse. Brent Hill is the Next Generation Program Director for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. He’ll be talking with Neil Abercrombie, USU Vice President for Government Relations, in an event at the David B. Haight Center on the USU campus on Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Fred Murphy

The events of the past several months, and even years suggest that anger is a driving force in American politics. Are politicians stoking the flames and making their supporters angry? A new study looks at just that. We'll be talking to a politcal scientist whose research focuses on the role of emtion in politics. 

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In his new book, Last Best Hope, award-winning author and staff writer at The Atlantic George Packer explores the four narratives that now dominate American life and describe our divides: Free America, which imagines a nation of separate individuals and serves the interests of corporations and the wealthy; Smart America, the world view of Silicon Valley and the professional elite; Real America, the white Christian nationalism of the heartland; and Just America, which sees citizens as members of identity groups that inflict or suffer oppression. 

Undisciplined: Women And Wikipedia

Jul 29, 2021

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, is one of the first sources Google provides for many different searches. From notable figures to new technology, historical events to horror films, Wikipedia is the initial place countless people look to get quick information. Despite the extensive numbers of articles Wikipedia provides, there is a large gap in gender when it comes to notable figures. Articles about notable women are far more likely to be flagged for deletion regardless of accomplishment, despite many editors’ best efforts.

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To better engage with Utah students, the state’s House Majority Caucus recently  launched a new civic engagement program where groups of fourth and fifth graders will visit the State Capitol each month.  


COVID cases and hospitalizations in Utah are continuing to increase. According to Gov. Spencer Cox, as of Wednesday, there were 574 active COVID-19 cases in Utah, which is the highest number of reported cases since early March. 

Gov. Cox and over 30 Utah city mayors, council members and other local leaders asked Utahns to attend public celebrations sponsored by Utah communities this July, instead of using personal fireworks.


A recent study from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget examined the pay differences between executive branch state employees. The goal was to identify the existence of pay gaps specifically tied to gender and minority status.

James St. John

Drought was the topic of discussion for Gov. Spencer Cox’s town hall on Tuesday.

Alex Proimos

As the number of Utahns receiving vaccines continues to decrease and temperatures in the state continue to hit record highs, Gov. Spencer Cox used his monthly news conference to focus on the success of vaccines and the importance of not lighting fireworks this year.

Greg Willis

The newly proposed federal MAPLand Act would provide resources to digitize map records as part of an effort to improve access to public lands.

Linda Tanner

The Bear River Heritage Study Act was introduced last month by Utah Congressman Blake Moore (R) and Idaho representative Mike Simpson (R). If passed, the legislation would require the Secretary of the Interior to study the sustainability of establishing a national heritage area for the land on either side of the Utah-Idaho border where the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains meet.

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Candice Pierucci, the founding board chair for the Republican Women Lead Political Action Committee said it is important to have republican female voices represented in the state legislature. 

Utah's Canyon Country

Utah's members of Congress ask to meet with President Biden before he takes action on national monuments. Senate hopeful Becky Edwards charts a moderate path, and slams Mike Lee as too 'strident.' And the high cost of housing is pushing many renters in Utah to a financial breaking point. 

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In Thursday’s weekly COVID-19 briefing, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson said businesses are encouraged to provide incentives for getting the vaccine to their employees.

You may be seeing less green grass around as Gov. Cox askes Utahns to cut back on their watering habits in a press conference on Tuesday. This all comes after Cox announced he has issued a third executive order declaring a statewide drought emergency.

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Governor Spencer Cox pleaded with Utahns to get vaccinated as soon as they can at his weekly COVID-19 briefing. 

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Although hospitalization rates are decreasing and vaccination rates are increasing, ICU use in Utah is still considered high. 


During the last week of the school year, masks will no longer be required for students in Utah’s K-12 schools. 

Gov. Cox, along with 18 other Republican governors, signed a joint letter to President Biden requesting for him to  control the “crisis on the southern border.”

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

During his Thursday COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Spencer Cox announced Utah has met the metrics of bill H.B. 294 which terminates many of the restrictions the state implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Today we’ll talk with Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, the first Asian American woman and the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Her new memoir "Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story" is an inspiring account of one woman coming into her personal and political power, a heartwarming homage to the women who raised her, and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most fraught moments of the Trump administration.


Rick Bowmer


With over a quarter of Utahns now vaccinated, Gov. Cox continues to urge people who have not recieved the vaccine to sign up.

Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and several other lawmakers met in Salt Lake City on Tuesday to cerimonelly sign six bills aimed at equity. The bills are aimed at issues like hunger, homelessness, housing affordability and immigration.

Vaccine Equity Efforts See Success In Utah

Apr 15, 2021
Memorial Medical Center

As more and more vaccines are distributed in Utah, vaccine equity continues to be an important part of the effort.

Secretary Deb Haaland Visits Utah Monuments

Apr 10, 2021
View of Indian Creek in Bear's Ears National Monument, Utah
US Bureau of Land Management

Newly-confirmed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland made her first official trip in her new role this week, and she came to Utah to visit the controversial Bear’s Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National monuments.

“I'm here to listen, I'm here to learn. I know that decisions about public lands are incredibly impactful to the people who live nearby,” Haaland said in a press conference Thursday.


By the time he turned nineteen, Derek Black was regarded as the "the leading light" of the white nationalist movement. While at college he started to question his worldview. Then he decided to confront the damage he had done. In the book, Rising Out of Hatred,” the author, Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Eli Saslow, asks what Derek Black's story can tell us about America's increasingly divided nature.

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Gov. Spencer Cox announced at his weekly briefing that financial help for funeral expenses will be available to families who lost loved ones due to COVID-19. 

Vaccine Open To All Utahns 16 And Older On Wednesday

Mar 19, 2021
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Gov. Spencer Cox announced at his Thursday news conference that all Utah residents age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine on Wednesday. The Pfizer vaccine will also be available for those ages 16-18. This is earlier than the previously planned April 1st date. 


Donald Trump has forged a unique relationship with American exceptionalism, parting ways with how American politicians have long communicated this idea to the American public.