Walking the Wild Side with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

September 14, 2017

County Mayor Ben McAdams wants to restart his community’s compassion for the homeless. Last spring, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was groping to understand Salt Lake’s homelessness crisis. He had all the statistics to make a controversial decision on a new homeless shelter—but something was missing. McAdams put on a jeans and a hoodie, left his ID and money behind and walked into the Rio Grande district to get a more intimate idea of it meant to be homeless. He would be scared, cold and witness drug use. But McAdams returned convinced that a long-term solution to homelessness—beyond law-enforcement sweeps—has to be found.

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Utah’s Medical Cannabis Debate

September 5, 2017

While several states have already voted to legalize recreational marijuana, the conversation in Utah is in a much different place. Christine Stenquist, director of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, is bringing this conversation to the forefront of Utah’s political stage.

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Axe Throwing Sets Up Shop in Utah

August 24, 2017

The relatively unknown sport of axe throwing is starting to sweep the US with over 20 locations nationwide. But how did this Viking pastime infiltrate the mainstream? You can thank Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa.

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Utah Mommy Blogging: Ali Hynek of Nena & Co

August 17, 2017

Ali Hynek found her way into Mommy blogging, or ‘influencing’ as she prefers, after her triplets were born two years ago. Hynek had already developed a face and following through her fashion company, Nena & Co., so the transition into mommy specific blogging was easy. For Hynek, the instagram account began as a digital scrapbook for keeping pictures of her sweet PEAs, (Penelope, Ethan & Alejandra), but eventually it has grown to be one of Utah’s top mommy influencing accounts. Hynek discusses how she grew her company and her personal account, how she manages products and branding and how to balance what is seen on social media and the reality of motherhood. 

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Utah’s fascination with Romance Novels

August 11, 2017

Utah's fascination with pure romance. Most people have an idea of what a romance novel is: raunchy, lowbrow and made for lonely women. But the numbers paint quite a different picture. New York Times Bestselling author and local Utahn, RaeAnne Thayne, joins Salt Lake Speaks to discuss the subject. 

 

 

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Facing Utah’s Hate Groups

August 4, 2017

Many consider Utah safe from the kind of aggressive hate group activity often associated with the South, but that is not the case. Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, assistant professor of Sociology at Arkansas State University whose research specializes in the rhetoric and logic of hate groups, explains why there has been an extreme increase in hate group activity and visibility in the last eight years. 

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John Dehlin: Mormon Excommunication and Shunning (Part 2)

July 13, 2017

John Dehlin talks about excommunication, cult vengeance, shunning and rebuilding his spiritual life. PART TWO 

John Dehlin, a psychologist best-known for his global podcasts “Mormon Stories,” was excommunicated by the LDS Church as an apostate more than a year ago. He spoke frankly with Salt Lake magazine Managing Editor Glen Warchol about the price of speaking out—being shunned by his Mormon community, having his children harassed and finally being forced to leave Logan for Salt Lake City. 

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John Dehlin: Mormon Excommunication and Shunning

July 7, 2017

John Dehlin talks about excommunication, cult vengeance, shunning and rebuilding his spiritual life. PART ONE OF TWO. 

John Dehlin, a psychologist best-known for his global podcasts “Mormon Stories,” was excommunicated by the LDS Church as an apostate more than a year ago. He spoke frankly with Salt Lake magazine Managing Editor Glen Warchol about the price of speaking out—being shunned by his Mormon community, having his children harassed and finally being forced to leave Logan for Salt Lake City.

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Wonder Woman - The Gender Battle Continues

July 7, 2017

Wonder Woman, It was seen as DC‘s attempt to make up for its under-performing Batman v. Superman, but most significantly, it was touted as Warner Brother’s first woman-centered superhero movie. Women—actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins—hold the lead roles in front of and behind the camera. Still, an argument can be made that Gadot’s Wonder Woman is just another flawlessly beautiful woman running around in a structured swimsuit. 

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The Undoing of Bears Ears National Monument

July 7, 2017

President Trump is calling for rescinding of Bears Ears’ protections as a national monument. But can he do it? University of Utah legal expert John Ruple is betting against it.

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