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Episode One

Utah's New Normal After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting effects on Utahns’ wallets — from furloughed workers struggling to pay rent to small business owners fighting to keep doors open. And for those who do get sick, what happens after the hospital bill arrives? Community experts give us a rundown of the resources available for Utahns who have experienced negative economic impacts due to the coronavirus.

[Watch Clip | From Spirits to Sanitizer]

Panelists:

Kate Rubalcava - CEO of Utah Non Profits Association

Ryan Starks - Managing Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Zee Min Xiao - Director of the Mayor’s Office for New Americans, Salt Lake County Office of Economic Development

Original Air Date: May 15, 2020
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Episode Two

Reducing Utah’s Suicide Epidemic

Utah’s suicide rate consistently ranks above the national average. What factors contribute to this high rate, why do rural counties struggle more than metropolitan ones, and how has the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to Utahns’ anxiety and stress levels? Learn about agencies in your area that provide support and “postvention", and other ways local agencies are working to save lives.

[Watch Clip | Surviving Suicide and COVID-19]

Panelists:

Melanie Davis - Founder & Clinical Director of Empath Healing

Dr. Doug Gray - Suicidologist and Psychiatrist, University of Utah School of Medicine

Taryn Aiken Hiatt - Area Director (Utah & Nevada), American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

Original Air Date: May 22, 2020
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Episode Three

How Teachers Teach Without Classrooms

Utah ranks last in the nation for per-pupil education spending. Utah's teachers are paid far below the national average, resulting in a consistent shortage of qualified educators. Learn about Utah teachers fight for higher pay, more funding for students, and smaller classroom sizes, and how education has changed in the wake of COVID-19. Plus, solutions for educators and parents.

[Watch Clip | COVID-19 Era Lessons from Home]

Panelists:

Kathryn Kay Coquemont, Ph.D. - Associate Vice President for Student Success, Salt Lake Community College

Heidi Matthews - President, Utah Education Association

Dr. Patty Norman -Deputy of Student Achievement, Utah State Board of Education

Original Air Date: May 29, 2020
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Episode Four

Preparing for the Unexpected

How is Utah prepared to respond to natural disasters and pandemics? Experts discuss state and local preparation measures for earthquakes, wildfires, severe storms, and pandemics — plus ways Utah families can be prepared for when the worst happens. And in the wake of COVID-19, what lessons have we learned?

[Watch Clip | The Peace of Preparedness]

Panelists:

Karen Blackwood - Director, Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness

Jason Curry - Public Information Officer, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands

Wade Matthews - Manager, Be Ready Utah

Original Air Date: June 5, 2020
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Episode Five

Solutions for the Silver Tsunami

Utah has the seventh most rapidly increasing population of residents 65 and older, according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census. How will this impact resources for Utah seniors that are already stretched thin? Local experts share their experiences, how Utah is responding to meet the needs of its growing senior population, and the impacts of COVID-19 on this at-risk group.

[Watch Clip | Helping the Elders]

Panelists:
Rob Ence - Executive Director, Utah Commission on Aging

Teresa Garrett, DNP RN PHNA-BC - Assistant Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing

Paul Leggett - Division Director, Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services

Original Air Date:June 12, 2020
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Episode Six

How Diversity Shapes State Dynamics

Utah becomes more ethnically diverse each year. We unpack the history of diversity in Utah and the changing face of the population today, and look through the scope of race, sex, religion, and transplants to explore the influence that diversity has had in state — from representation in leadership roles and how outsiders are making Utah home, to the fears and concerns this can evoke.

[Watch Clip | Helping Westside Teens]
[Special | Extended Rural Utah Project Interview]

Panelists:

Mayra Cedano - Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas / Communities United

James Jackson, III, Executive Director, Utah Black Chamber

Ermina Mustafić - Director of Sponsorships and Outreach, The Emerald Project

Original Air Date:June 19, 2020
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Episode Seven

Silicon Slopes Shapes Tech Economy

Some say the tech boom in Utah was made possible by the state’s pioneer spirit. We’ll take a look at how Utah’s history helped pave the way for Silicon Slopes, and address the issues that came along with it — such as education & training, loss of jobs in rural communities, the gender pay gap, and supporting women in tech — as well where we go from here. Plus, how did COVID-19 change remote work?

[Watch Clip | Rural Online Initiative Brings Urban Jobs to Rural Utah]

Panelists:

Val Hale - Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

Kimmy Paluch - Managing Partner, BETA BOOM 

Cameron Williams - Director of Diversity Engagement and Principal Sales Architect, Domo, Inc.

Original Air Date: June 26, 2020
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Episode Eight

Clearing the Air

Utahns rank air quality as one of the most important issues to address for the state’s future. Studies have shown that poor air quality can reduce life expectancy, contribute to poor education outcomes, and cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. We’ll talk to those on the frontlines about the issue, find out what’s being done to reduce pollution, and share how people at home can make a difference.

[Watch Clip | Caring About Our Air]

Panelists:

Bryce Bird - Director, Utah Division of Air Quality

Dr. Kerry Kelly - Associate Director, Air Quality, Health and Society Program

Dr. Daniel Mendoza - Research Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Utah

Original Air Date: July 3, 2020
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Episode 9

Helping Utah's Homeless

As Utah’s population grows, so too does the number of people struggling to find a place to live. This episode on homelessness examines the shortage of affordable housing, service gaps and lack of space in homeless shelters, homeless youth, what healthcare resources are available, and what rural communities are doing to help their neighbors who may be experiencing homelessness.

[Watch Clip | Youth Futures provides resources for Utah's at-risk youth]

Panelists:

Kevin Nguyen -Community Advocate, Healthy West Valley Coalition

Jeff Ojeda - Education Specialist, Utah State Board Of Education

Bill Tibbitts -  Associate Director, Crossroads Urban Center

Original Air Date: July 10, 2020
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Episode 10

Female Legislators Rise Up

Utah lags behind the nation in female representation in the state legislature, and no women currently represent the state in the U.S. Congress. How have political priorities differed between men and women on a local level, and what impact does this difference in representation have on policy decisions? We hear from local women leaders already serving, and those trying to shift the imbalance.

[Watch Cip | Leading Women Legislators]

Panelists:

Sophia DiCaro - Women’s Leadership Institute, Former Utah State House Representative

Cate Klundt - Chair & Executive Director, Emerging Leaders of Utah

Dr. Susan R. Madsen - Founder and Director, Utah Women & Leadership Project

Original Air Date: July 17, 2020
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Episode 11

High Cost of Affordable Housing

With a shortage of affordable housing units, housing costs rising faster than people’s incomes, and many homes on the market selling for above listing price, how does the average Utahn afford a place a live today? In this episode, we examine population growth and home vacancy rates to see how we got here, and take a look at some of the state and local solutions in the works to help more people secure affordable homes.

Panelists:
Robyn Buckwalter
- Realtor, Utah Key Real Estate

Cameron Diehl - Executive Director, Utah League of Cities and Towns

Claudia O’Grady - Vice President Multifamily Finance, Utah Housing Corporation

Original Air Date: July 24, 2020
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