Inside Sources

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson brings a one-of-a-kind insider perspective to Utah and national politics. 

Episodes

  • September 28, 2022

    Utah Tech President Richard Williams on Silicon Slopes, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

    Utah Tech University President Richard Williams will be part of the Silicon Slopes Summit where Inside Sources will be broadcasting from tomorrow. He joins Boyd to discuss the summit, its alignment with Utah Tech's polytechnic mission. Plus, President Williams shares a few highlights from the university's rebranding campaign and how it has transformed the school.

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  • September 28, 2022

    Countries Should Welcome Russians Fleeing Conscription

    More than 180,000 Russians have fled their homeland since Vladimir Putin announced a military mobilization. But several countries neighboring Russia have announced they will not accept any Russian civilians fleeing the draft. But by not welcoming them into their lands... are they helping Putin? Fiona Harrigan from Reason says that welcoming Russians would hurt Putin's ability to mobilize and would protect dissidents. 

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  • September 28, 2022

    President Biden's Midterm Balancing Act

    President Biden has stayed noticeably away from the campaign trail this election cycle. But he's still raising money and speaking about Democrats' priorities.. albeit from a distance. Christopher Cadelago from POLITICO explains all midterm factors the President is trying to balance so he doesn't drag candidates, especially those in swing states, down. 

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  • September 28, 2022

    Senate Kicks Reform Down the Road While Stabbing Senator Manchin in the Back

    The Senate has reached a deal to fund the government and avoid a shutdown... without Senator Joe Manchin's permitting reform that Democrats promised would be included in the bill. Boyd looks at why Senator Joe Manchin backed down and where we go from here. 

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  • September 28, 2022

    What is Putin's Endgame?

    Throughout the entire Ukraine Crisis, Putin has listened to one person - himself. But now, he's facing a lot of setbacks and challenges: Ukraine's patriotism, the West's readiness, and his own military's lack of prowess. So, what's his endgame? David Von Drehle from the Washington Post explains what Russia might do to end the war and breaks down the tough decisions the West will have to make. 

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  • September 28, 2022

    Quiet Quitting: What is the Cause, and What is the Solution?

    Employers around the nation are seeing their employees mentally check out of their jobs. The crisis has been referred to as quiet quitting.  So, what's driving this phenomenon? Erica Schroder from the R Street Institute explains how workplace cultures are leaving employees feeling drained and how employers can motivate and inspire their workers. 

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  • September 28, 2022

    Has the Time Come for Tax Exempt Universities to End?

    America's top universities --Yale, Harvard, and other Ivy league schools-- currently enjoy the centuries old benefit of being tax exempt. An exemption granted to them due to their immensely important task of elevating the public through education. But with over $53 billion in the bank, are these elite institutions still elevating their students? Evan Mandery from John Jay College explains what needs to change at these colleges to help lift people out of poverty and give them the tools they need to contribute to society. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    The Total Impact of Religious Freedom and Religious Communities

    Recently, Elder Quentin L. Cook from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints led the NYC interfaith commission on a tour of Church headquarters. Boyd looks at what he and members of the commission had to say about religious freedom and explains how that freedom allows faith-based organization to make a positive difference in the world. Plus, Elder Ulisses Soares of the Church of Jesus Christ met with religious leaders, including Pope Francis, in Kazakhstan. Boyd looks at what he had to say about how religion fills the world's need for human connection and religious tolerance. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    Be Ready Utah - Preparing for Bad Weather

    The weather is perfect right now - not too hot, not too cold - but that's not going to last. Winter weather will be upon us soon, so how can we prepare now for the chilly days ahead? Wade Mathews from the Utah Division of Emergency Management joins Inside Sources to discuss how to protect ourselves when the weather turns bad. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    The Courage of the Iranian Women and the Tepid US Response to Iran

    Protests are breaking out across Iran after a woman was killed by the country's morality police for failing to cover her hair. Amos Guiora from the University of Utah explains how the US is responding, what this means for the US' hopes of re-entering the Iran Nuclear Deal, and what we can learn from the women of Iran about courage. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    The Unseen Costs of Student Loan Forgiveness

    The Congressional Budget Office has scored the Biden Administration's student debt relief program, and the price tag for American taxpayers is hefty: Roughly $400 Billion. Preston Cooper from The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity discusses the unseen costs of student debt forgiveness that the CBO missed and how can we reform higher education so we don't have to cancel debt like this in the future.

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  • September 27, 2022

    Biden Administration Prepares Refugee Sponsorship Program

    From Ukraine to Afghanistan, the US has welcomed tens of thousands of refugees to its shores. But the White House is still falling short of its goals. So, the Biden Administration plans to launch a private refugee sponsorship program to help resettle more refugees. Caroline Simon from Roll Call breaks down how the program would work and how it might protect refugees from the whims of future presidential administrations. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    Government Negotiates to Prevent Shutdown

    The Democrats have released the details of a short-term spending bill ahead of a looming government shutdown. But Democrats are divided over Senator Manchin's permitting reform, which Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to include. What challenges lie ahead for the bill? And can lawmakers prevent a shutdown? Faith Abubey from ABC News joins the show to discuss what comes next. 

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  • September 27, 2022

    VP Harris' Trip to Asia Showcases Power of the Vice President

    Through the years... vice presidents have complained about being powerless.. or as John Adams said, the most insignificant office ever. But is that true? This week, Vice President Kamala Harris is on a diplomatic mission to Asia. Olivier Knox from the Washington Post explains that this trip shows how the role of the VP is an important one but has evolved. Olivier also breaks down the details of the trip. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    The Senate is the Cooling Saucer

    Senator Kyrsten Sinema spoke during an event at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville in Kentucky over the weekend. She expressed her support for the 60-vote threshold, the filibuster rule that lawmakers on the right and left often toss aside. Boyd looks at her argument and explains why he agrees with her. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Should the Senate Restore the 60-Vote Filibuster Rule?

    Senator Kyrsten Sinema is making waves after saying she wants the Senate to go back to requiring 60 votes to pass legislation. James Wallner from the R Street Institute explains how the 60-vote threshold would slow government down and require more compromise. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Utah Receives Federal Funds to Address Overdose Crisis

    Last Friday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new funding to address the very real and very prevalent Opioid epidemic in the United States. Utah got a solid chunk from that budget, totaling almost $11 million dollars. VaRonica Little from the Utah Department of Health and Human services gives an update on the opioid crisis in Utah and explains how the federal money will be used. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Voters Divided on Abortion, Crime, Inflation, Climate and More

    We are now 43 days away from the midterm elections... and the battle for control of Congress is closer than ever. A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows that 46 percent of voters support Democrats, and 47 percent support Republicans. But where do voters stand on the biggest issues of the day? Scott Clement from the Washington Post takes us behind the numbers and explains why voters are so divided. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Is Division Good for Government?

    The midterm elections are 6 weeks away... and Republicans are expected to take the House, while Democrats are expected to retain the Senate. If that happens, we'll have a divided government. Many see this as a bad thing, a roadblock to passing legislation. Boyd breaks down how this could actually be good for the government and compromise and explains how our system was built for this. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Education Voters are the New Swing Voters

    The headlines say inflation, abortion, crime, and climate change are the big issues of the day. And while that may be true, they may not be the issues that will decide the fate of this fall's elections. So, what will? Or the better question is, who will? Nina Rees, president of the Charter Schools Action Fund, says there's a new swing voter in town.. and it's the education voter.

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  • September 26, 2022

    We Need More Immigrants, Not Less

    When it comes to immigration... so many DC politicians and talking heads are focused on where migrants are being relocated or why the southern border is open.  But the question that Americans are asking is... why shouldn't we let them in? Veronique de Rugy from the Mercatus Center explains how immigration would help fill jobs and why DC lawmakers aren't doing anything about it. 

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  • September 26, 2022

    Russia's Inner Circle of 1 and the US Response

    President Vladimir Putin is mobilizing more troops. Russian men are fleeing the country. And Ukraine is bracing itself for continued fighting in the face of Putin's nuclear threats and plans to annex the country. Boyd looks at what the Biden administration and President Zelenskyy said over the weekend about the situation and what it means about what's next. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    A Divided Government is Normal

    Division is often seen as a bad thing.. in politics, in DC, and among Americans. But could a divided government actually be good for the country? Especially as all signs in the polls are pointing towards a Republican House and a Democratic Senate? Podcaster and author Michael Medved explains why a divided government is normal and places much needed checks and balances on the 3 branches. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Ganel-Lyn Condie on The Stewardship Principle

    We're often told that if we want to succeed in life, we have to take ownership of our life. But in her new book, author and motivational speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie introduces the principle of stewardship. She joins the show to discuss what that means and how it can help us live a life with greater joy and peace. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Making Highly Reliable Teams

    What makes a great team, whether in politics or business? More than just the sum of its parts, a successful team seems to have a "special something" beyond the talented individuals who make it up. Professor Scott Hammond shares what he learned from his experience with search and rescue teams. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Meet Cassie Easley, New Candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District

    On October 14th Boyd will be moderating the debate for Utah's second congressional district. On the stage will be Democrat Nick Mitchell and incumbent Christ Stewart. And now, a third candidate has qualified for the debate: Cassie Easley of the Constitution party. Cassie joins Boyd to discuss her campaign and why she's running for office. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Congress Moves Forward with Electoral Count Act

    Yesterday, the House passed a bill that would help prevent another January 6th... the Electoral Count Act. Now the Senate is weighing its own version of the bill. Jonathan Bydlak from the R Street Institute explains what the House bill does, how the Senate bill is connected, and how both of these will clear up some of the confusion with the electoral count. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    House GOP Rolls Out 2023 Agenda for Midterms

    We are now 45 days away until the midterm elections.  Republican voters have been anxiously waiting for something more than criticism of the Biden administration, and now they have it. House Republicans have finally announced their agenda for 2023. Representative Blake Moore breaks down what their priorities will be. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Fed's Interest Rake Hike Adds Trillions to National Debt

    $2 trillion. That's how much the government will add to the national debt after the Fed hiked interest rates this week. And for a long time, the left and the right have put the deficit on the back burner, believing we could pay it off because of low interest rates. But were they wrong? Eric Boehm from Reason explains how the government is on a destructive course, no matter how low or high interest rates are.

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  • September 23, 2022

    Faith is Diversity

    Boyd recaps the Faith and Media initiative and talks about an organization he worked with that recognizes faith and religion as diversity. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Recap of the Governor Cox's Trade Mission to Israel and UAE

    Earlier this month, Governor Spencer Cox led a trade mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The goal? To help Utah businesses forge connections with our friends overseas. Jake Glenn from World Trade Center Utah joins Boyd to discuss the success that some of Utah's businesses had at building economic bridges across the pond. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Lao Community Celebrates New Buddhist Temple During Event at State Capitol

    A newly constructed Buddhist temple now sits in West Valley, Utah. To celebrate and discuss the importance of religious freedom, Utah lawmakers welcomed the Lao-American Buddhist Monks Council to the State Capitol today. Lena Pham who works with the Lao community and volunteers at the new temple discusses the temple, the events at the Capitol, and her appreciation for the Lao culture. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Bridging the Gap Between Faith and the Media

    Religion in the public square is almost nonexistent these days... especially in the media. But should it be more present? Brooke Zaugg from The Faith and Media Initiative at Radiant Foundation joins Boyd to discuss the value of covering religious events and initiatives in the news and how we can bridge the divide between media and faith. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Lessons from Emancipation Proclamation 160 Years Later

    160 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. But a century and a half later... what lessons can we learn from this document and apply to our lives today? Boyd explains how the path to a more perfect union is sometimes taken by small, measured steps. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Getting Energy Permitting Reform Right

    Next week, the Senate will vote on Joe Manchin's bill which would reform permitting for energy projects. It faces a tough uphill battle against progressive Democrats and GOP members. But, would these lawmakers be making a mistake by voting against it? Phil Rossetti from the R Street Institute explains why we need permitting reform in the US and how it needs to be done with the right incentives to encourage innovation and investment. 

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  • September 23, 2022

    Showdown at the UN Security Council

    The UN Security Council gathered in New York City today. Secretary Blinken and his counterparts in Russia and China had some interesting things to say about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Was it all just useless dialogue? Will anything come out of this meeting? Boyd looks at what some of these world leaders had to say and what it all means for Ukraine. 

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  • September 21, 2022

    World Renown Oud Player Ramy Adly on His Career and Thriving Business

    As America and the world were shutting down due to the pandemic, this Utah entrepreneur found an audience for his unique sound: the oud. An oud is a middle eastern stringed instrument, and Ramy Adly, world renown oud player from Egypt, joins Boyd to discuss his music career and business and play some peaceful tunes.  

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  • September 21, 2022

    Russia’s Escalation and Putin’s Isolation

    Ukraine has had a lot of success lately in pushing back against Russia's invasion. But now,  after some serious setbacks, Russia is taking things to the next level and escalating the war with military mobilization and threats of nuclear weapons. Mary Ilyushina from the Washington Post breaks down what's going on and what this tells us about Putin's isolation. 

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  • September 21, 2022

    The Fed Hikes Interest Rates Again. What Does it Mean for You?

    The Fed increased interest rates by 75 basis points yet again this morning in an effort to combat high inflation. Representative Robert Spendlove from Zions Bank explains how this will impact Utahns.

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  • September 21, 2022

    Be Ready Utah - Strengthening Mental Health and Creating Connections Ahead of Winter

    Fall is in the air.. which means winter is coming... and with it, the seasonal blues. Dr. Kawika Allen, professor of counseling psychology at BYU explains what we can do to take care of our mental health now so when the days get shorter and the nights get longer we're prepared mentally. 

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  • September 21, 2022

    Questions You Should Be Asking When Reading the Midterm Polls

    During the 2020 election, polls overestimated Joe Biden's strength in several states. Now, as midterms approach, some analysts are concerned the polls will be wrong again. But when looking at the polls, are they asking the wrong questions? Stephen Clermont from Change Research discusses the factors at play in this year's midterms and shares tips for reading the polls. 

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  • September 21, 2022

    With Immigration, Media Focuses on Wrong Place, Wrong Policies

    After 50 migrants arrived in Martha's Vineyard, the media flew to Massachusetts to cover the crisis. But is the media focused on the wrong place and the wrong conversation? Boyd spoke with former Vice President Mike Pence yesterday about a merit-based immigration system. Boyd looks at how this might work and explains what needs to happen for Congress to fix our broken system. 

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  • September 21, 2022

    President Biden Speaks at the UN

    This morning, President Biden addressed the UN General Assembly. The President addressed a number of topics, with the war in Ukraine being a major talking point.  Was the President able to galvanize members of the UN? And what did he say about the US and our role on the global stage moving forward? Boyd looks at what he had to say about Russia, Ukraine, Taiwan, the climate, and more. 

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  • September 20, 2022

    President Astrid Tuminez on VP Mike Pence and the future of Utah Valley University

    Former Vice President Mike Pence was at UVU today. UVU President Astrid Tuminez joins Boyd to discuss the former VP's speech and the exciting things happening at Utah Valley University. 

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  • September 20, 2022

    Highlights from Former VP Mike Pence's Speech at UVU

    Highlights from Former Vice President Mike Pence's UVU Speech. 

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  • September 20, 2022

    Why It's a Good Thing to Hire the Formerly Incarcerated

    The United States incarcerates more people per capita than any other country. But what happens to those people after they're released? Billy Binnion from Reason explains why it's a good thing to hire the formerly incarcerated, for them and for society.  

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  • September 20, 2022

    Mia Love on VP Mike Pence and President Biden's United We Stand Summit

    Former Congresswoman Mia Love breaks down what stood out to her during former Vice President Mike Pence's speech today, President Biden's United We Stand Summit, and what we should be thinking about going into the midterm elections.  

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  • September 20, 2022

    StoryCorps comes to Utah, with Teriyana Morton

    Story Corps is in Salt Lake City to record the history and stories of Utahns and send them off to the Library of Congress. Teriyana Morton is the Mobile Tour Site Manager for StoryCorps in Salt Lake City and she joins the show to discuss their mission and why they're in Utah.  

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  • September 20, 2022

    UVU's Herbert Institute Interns React to Former VP Pence's Speech

    Former Vice President spoke at UVU today as part of an event for the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy. Boyd is joined by 3 interns from the Herbert Institute, McKenna Briggs, Mike Erickson, and McKay Brooks who shared their reactions to the speech. 

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  • September 20, 2022

    Former Vice President Mike Pence Visits Utah Valley University

    Utah Valley University welcomed a very special guest to their campus today... former Vice President Mike Pence. Pence delivered a speech for the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy on his vision for America. Boyd sat down with the former Vice President to discuss everything from immigration to religious freedom to disagreeing better. 

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  • September 19, 2022

    Final Farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

    Today, Queen Elizabeth today was laid to rest in Windsor Castle. Boyd discusses lessons from her life. 

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  • September 19, 2022

    Democrats May Be Too Confident About Midterms

    This summer Democrats were confident that they would keep the majority in Congress after the midterms. But recent inflation numbers as well as persistent polling inaccuracies may reveal a more tenuous situation for Democrats come November. Carly Cooperman... CEO of Schoen Cooperman Research... breaks down why their optimism may be misguided. 

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  • September 19, 2022

    Tiny Home Village for Homeless Nears Final Steps

    The Other Side Village is nearing the final steps to make its planned tiny home community for the homeless a reality..  beginning with a Salt Lake City Council hearing tomorrow.  Boyd to discusses what's next and what challenges lie ahead

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  • September 19, 2022

    What the Left and the Right are Missing about Immigration

    There's been a lot of talk about the migrants flown from border states to places like Martha's Vineyard. The left claims it's a political stunt. The right praises Republican governors for highlighting the border issue. But are both sides missing the point? Boyd says we should be talking about solutions instead. 

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  • September 19, 2022

    President Biden Goes on 60 Minutes

    President Joe Biden ended his interview drought by going on CBS 60 Minutes over the weekend. Boyd breaks down what he had to say about Taiwan, inflation, the pandemic and the 2024 presidential election... as well as what the President got right and wrong with his messaging.  

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  • September 19, 2022

    The Power of Queen Elizabeth's Character

    Queen Elizabeth the II was laid to rest today at Windsor Castle. Leaders from all over the world came to pay their respects and hundreds of thousands of people mourned her death in the streets. Roger Porter from Harvard University and former assistant to the President explains what it was about Queen Elizabeth that people admired so much and that had the entire world mourning her death. 

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  • September 19, 2022

    Breaking Down Utah's Candidates and Debates for the 2022 Election Season

    The Utah Debate Commission announced the candidates for this year's midterm elections and the schedule for the congressional debates. Executive Director of the Utah Debate Commission Erik Nielsen breaks down the polling, the candidates, and what to expect at the debates.  

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  • September 16, 2022

    Boyd's Constitution Challenge

    Tomorrow is Constitution Day! Boyd challenges everyone to read through the Constitution to better understand what our government should and shouldn't be doing. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    How Government Bullies Social Media Companies

    Over the last few years lawmakers have been threatening social media companies with antitrust legislation and the repeal of Section 230 if they refuse to moderate their content. A new report from the Cato Institute calls it "Jawboning." Will Duffield from the Cato Institute breaks down how government bullies social media companies into censoring content, why it's a problem, and what can be done. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    America's Public Worker Shortage

    Across the country basic government functions like collecting trash are falling through the cracks. Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post breaks down the nation's public worker shortage and the driving forces behind it. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    A Tale of Two Speeches

    It's a tale of two speeches... one of division and one of unity. Shortly after giving his speech on the soul of the nation where he called MAGA Republicans a threat to democracy, President Biden called for unity yesterday and an end to hate-filled violence. Boyd looks at the similarities and contradictions in President Biden's messaging. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    Rep. Blake Moore on the Connecting Forever Families Act

    Congress is back in full swing and bustling with lawmakers back from August recess. Congressman Blake Moore has introduced a new bill to help better America's child welfare system and he joins Boyd to discuss the details. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    Dr. Nicholas Cole on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Disagreeing Better

    In honor of Constitution day tomorrow, UVU held a conference focused on the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. Dr. Nicholas Cole from the Quill Project and Oxford University joins Inside Sources to discuss these important amendments, the Quill project, and lessons from the Constitutional Convention. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    Lessons on Bipartisanship from Senator Orrin Hatch

    The left and the right can't agree on much these days... except for last year's infrastructure bill. But when it comes to solving the big issues of the day.. there may be some important lessons from the life of one of Utah's former senators. Author and TV producer William Doyle joins Boyd to discuss his new book coming out next week about Senator Orrin Hatch and his bipartisan leadership. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    Republicans Need a Plan

    We are now 52 days away from the midterm elections. And while it's pretty clear what Democrats would do if they keep control of the majority.. it's not so clear what the GOP would do if they win. But by failing to plan, are they planning to fail? Boyd looks at the fight between Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rick Scott over having a positive agenda and argues that Republicans should run on what they're for, not against, if they want to win. 

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  • September 16, 2022

    Finding Better Solutions to the Student Debt Crisis

    It's been three weeks since Biden signed an executive order for student loan forgiveness up to $20,000. Frederick Hess shares why he thinks it will backfire on Democrats in the midterms and gives some better options for dealing with the student debt crisis besides pulling from taxpayer's pockets.

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  • September 15, 2022

    President Biden Speaks on Hate-Filled Violence

    Today President Biden delivered a speech on hate-filled violence. Boyd looks at what he had to say. 

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  • September 15, 2022

    Governor Gary Herbert on Former VP Mike Pence Visiting Utah

    The Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy at UVU is kicking off next week with a prestigious guest: former Vice President Mike Pence. Former Utah Governor Gary Herbert joins Boyd to discuss the Institute and why it's got former US leaders visiting Utah.

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  • September 15, 2022

    The IRS Audits Itself Plus Americans Pay More in Taxes than Anything Else

    This week the Biden administration has been celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act... which will hire 87,000 more IRS agents. But this week we learned that IRS agents haven't been paying their taxes and regular Americans are paying more in taxes than anything else. Eliabeth Nolan Brown from Reason breaks down the latest spending data and the problems with the IRS. 

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  • September 15, 2022

    How Effective will the IRA's Green Tax Credits Really Be?

    This week President Biden hosted a White House celebration of the Inflation Reduction Act... aka the climate and healthcare spending bill. A big part of the bill is the green energy tax credits. Alex Muresianu from the Tax Foundation breaks down these credits and says they may not be as effective at reducing emissions and spurring technology innovation as you think. 

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  • September 15, 2022

    Senator Heidi Heitkamp on Rethinking Antitrust Legislation in High Tech Race with China

    Various pieces of antitrust legislation are being pushed by Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress. But in our high-tech race with China... would they put us ahead or behind? Former Senator of North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp joins Boyd to discuss what we should be thinking about when it comes to technology and innovation, so the US tech industry has the upper hand. 

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  • September 15, 2022

    Left and Right Come Together on Authoritarianism

    Both political parties... Republican and Democrat... are leaning more and more towards the extremes. But by moving farther to the left and farther to the right... are they actually moving closer together? Stephanie Slade from Reason explains how both parties are converging on authoritarianism, especially when it comes to free markets and free speech. 

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  • September 15, 2022

    President Xi and President Putin Meet in Central Asia

    All eyes are on central Asia where President Xi and President Putin met for the first time in person since Russia invaded Ukraine. But what does the meeting mean? Is it just a symbol of China and Russia's partnership to counter the West? Lily Kuo says from the Washington Post says there's more going on beneath the surface. She joins the show from China to explain the dynamics surrounding this meeting.  

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  • September 14, 2022

    Carol Mikita on the Legacy of Bishop Scott Hayashi

    Bishop Scott Hayashi, 11th Bishop of Utah's Episcopal Diocese of Utah has officially retired. KSL's Carol Mikita has been following this story and she joins us Boyd to discuss his work as Bishop and his legacy. 

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  • September 14, 2022

    Noah Feldman on Lincoln, Slavery, and the Constitution

    Constitution day is coming up on Saturday. Harvard Professor and award winning-author Noah Feldman is in Utah today for BYU's Constitution Day Events and joins Boyd to discuss Abraham Lincoln, slavery, the Constitution, and restoring trust in each other and our institutions.  

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  • September 14, 2022

    The Way We Respond to Disappointment Matters

    A couple of parents got into a brawl at their kids' football game in Herriman over the weekend. Jay Evensen from the Deseret News joins the show to discuss how this behavior can have long-lasting effects on kids and why the way we respond to disappointment, whether in politics or sports, matters. 

     

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  • September 14, 2022

    Senator Mike Lee on Negotiations to Bring Lt. Ridge Alkonis Home

    Last year, Lt. Ridge Alkonis lost consciousness while driving in Japan and killed two Japanese citizens. Senator Mike Lee has been in Japan negotiating the release of the US serviceman from prison, and he joins Boyd with the latest updates. 

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  • September 14, 2022

    Senator Joe Manchin's Permitting Deal Causes Trouble for Democrats

    Senator Chuck Schumer agreed to include Senator Joe Manchin's permitting reforms in a bill to fund the government in exchange for Senator Manchin's vote for the Inflation Reduction Act. Now it's September, and Democrats are voicing their opposition to the deal. James Broughel from the Mercatus Center explains what Joe Manchin's asking for and whether or not it has a chance of passing. 

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  • September 14, 2022

    Looming Rail Strike Threatens US Economy Ahead of Midterms

    The White House and Congress are preparing for a potential railroad worker strike that would be devastating to the US economy. Can it be averted? And if not... what will happen to an already stressed economy? Alex Dougherty from POLITICO breaks down what's at stake and what's going on behind the scenes politically. 

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  • September 14, 2022

    World Food Program USA President Barron Segar on the Church of Jesus Christ's Historic Donation to Fight Hunger

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today that it will donate $32 million to World Food Program USA to help with the global food crisis. Baron Seger, president and CEO of World Food Program USA joins Boyd to discuss this historic donation and how it will help 1.6 million people in 9 countries dealing with hunger. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Being Present in Times of Grief

    A lot of people have passed away over the past few weeks including world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Queen Elizabeth. But as we deal with loss and grief how can we be more present? 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Be Ready Utah - Water Storage

    We often talk about storing food and non-perishables in case of emergency, but what about storing water? Jeff Johnson from the Utah Division of Emergency Management shares some important tips on water storage. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Inflation Rises by 0.1%. But We're not Out of the Woods Yet

    Inflation rose another 0.1% in August, but gas prices are falling. Does that mean we're out of the woods? Jeff Cox from CNBC joins the show to discuss the state of the economy and what we can expect from the Federal Reserve as they prepare to meet this month. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Democrats Meddle in Another Republican Primary

    All eyes are on New Hampshire as it hosts the final primary election of the year. But who will have the biggest influence on Republican voters? Republicans? Or Democrats? Olivier Knox from the Washington Post discusses how Democrats have spent about $53 million in 9 states to boost far right Republican candidates. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Is the War Tide Turning in Favor of Ukraine?

    Ukraine is making major gains in taking back formerly Russian-occupied lands. So, is this a turning point in the war? Shane Harris from the Washington Post joins Boyd to discuss why the Russians might be in trouble and why the Ukrainians have been so successful. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Queen Elizabeth's Faith and Religion in the Public Square

    Queen Elizabeth was known not only for being a master diplomat and a gracious monarch... but she was also known for having a strong Christian faith. But how did she balance her personal faith while also being a global leader and Supreme Governor of the Church of England? Author Dudley Delffs explains how the Queen was able to be both faithful and tolerant.  

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  • September 13, 2022

    Chief Justice John Roberts on the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court

    Over the past year, the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has been called into question... particularly after the court handed down the Dobbs decision. But are these criticisms warranted? Boyd looks at what Chief Justice John Roberts had to say at an event in Colorado about why it's ok to disagree with the court without losing confidence in its legitimacy. 

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  • September 13, 2022

    Continuing Resolutions Risk our National Security

    Congress is kicking the can down the road again. Instead of passing an appropriations bill.. lawmakers are looking to pass another round of continuing resolutions by the end of the month. But this isn't just bad spending. It's also putting our national security at risk. Elaine McCusker from the American Enterprise Institute breaks down how CR's combined with inflation is hurting America's military competitiveness. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    The Morning After 9-11

    It's September 12th, the day after the anniversary of one of the most tragic events in  US history. Boyd looks at why the morning after is just as, if not more, important than the day of. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    President Biden Speaks on "Cancer Moonshot" in Nod to JFK

    On the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's "Moonshot" speech... President Biden is delivering his own remarks on his "Cancer Moonshot" initiative. Boyd looks at what the President had to say as well as what we can learn about pursuing the impossible from JFK's remarks in 1962. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    Budget Gimmicks and Increased Debt in the Inflation Reduction Act

    It looks like the Inflation Reduction Act won't be reducing inflation any time soon. Brian Riedl from the Manhattan Institute breaks down the latest CBO score and explains how it will add to the federal debt for the first 5 years and reduce the deficit through budget gimmicks after that. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    Former Reagan Advisor Stephen Studdert on Queen Elizabeth and Mikhail Gorbachev

    Queen Elizabeth's death came shortly after the passing of another world leader: Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Stephen Studdert... former advisor to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan... shares some of his personal experiences with these leaders and explains how their lives were interconnected and what we can learn from their leadership. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    Gas-Powered Car Bans Could make the US Dependent on China

    California - ever the squeaky wheel - has moved to ban gas-powered vehicle sales in the state after 2035. Many other states are following its lead, including some of Utah's neighbors. But could the move leave us at the mercy of China? Jay Evensen from the Deseret News describes some of the unintended consequences and China's EV strategy. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    President Russell M. Nelson Turns 98

    President Nelson turned 98 on Friday -- just two years older than the late Queen Elizabeth -- and became the oldest president in Church history. Sarah Weaver from Church News joins Boyd to discuss his life and legacy. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    The Value of a Life

    What is the value of a life? In the days following the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center... Kenneth Feinberg was tasked with assigning a monetary value to the life of each life lost that day. Boyd looks back at what Kenneth told him about his experience administering the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and lessons learned about the value of human life. 

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  • September 12, 2022

    The Glue in the US-UK Special Relationship: Queen Elizabeth II

    When it comes to the special relationship between the US and the UK... there was one person who understood it better than anyone... she was a master diplomat and the glue that held it all together: Queen Elizabeth II. Oliver Wiseman from The Spectator World explains what made the Queen a bridge-builder and what we can expect from King Charles III as he fills the role of monarch. 

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  • September 9, 2022

    Remembering Queen Elizabeth II in Her Own Words

    Scott and Cate look back at some of the late Queen Elizabeth's most memorable speeches. 

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  • September 9, 2022

    Why Polls by Senator Lee and Candidate McMullin Tell Different Stories

    Internal polls released by Senate candidate Evan McMullin and Senator Mike Lee tell completely different stories about who's ahead with voters. Cate and Scott look at the flaws of internal polling. 

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  • September 9, 2022

    What Americans REALLY Think about Big Tech

    Should Big Tech be moderated? broken up? regulated? The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University asked Americans what they think. Senior Fellow at CGO breaks down the results. 

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  • September 9, 2022

    Queen Elizabeth's Special Relationship with Congress

    During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II was no stranger to the United States Congress... visiting many times during her 70-year reign. Nancy Vu from POLITICO joins the show to discuss this special relationship and some of the Queen's most memorable moments with US lawmakers. 

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