RadioACTive 10.19.21

  • October 19, 2021
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SL Tribune Reporter Paighten Harkins on why police don't shoot to kill and whether that could change. Better Utah's Katie Matheson on drawing maps for the people, not politicians. The Shush says goodbye to the Smith Branch of The County Library with some fresh, homegrown music and Gruber!

Tonight's show featured the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community! 

Katie Matheson, deputy director of Alliance for a Better Utah, on a variety of voting issues, including redistricting, ranked-choice voting, and returning your mail-in ballots! Plus, the Utah Legislature's Judiciary Interim Committee meets tomorrow to talk about election integrity. Matheson shared her take on the politics of fear and misinformation in Utah. 

Utah Independent Redistricting Commission meetings/dates:

  • October 21: Public hearing at Herriman City Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 5355 W. Main St. "Join us to talk with commissioners in Herriman, explore drafted maps and give the UIRC your comments on the redistricting process."

  • October 23: Public hearing at West Valley City Hall, 11a-2p at 3600 S. Constitution Blvd. "Join us to talk with commissioners, explore drafted maps and give the UIRC your comments on the redistricting process.

  • October 29: The Independent Commission submits maps to the Legislative Redistricting Committee by midnight.

  • November 1: Joint meeting of the Independent Commission and Legislative Committee, 2:00 p.m. 30 House Building at the Utah Capitol to present maps and hear from the public.

  • November 8: The Legislative Redistricting Committee meets (tentative).

  • November 9-19: The Legislature holds a special session to discuss redistricting and likely votes to adopt maps.

Utah Legislative Redistricting Committee meetings/dates:

Paighten Harkins, police reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, on her latest story, "Shooting not to kill. This Utah case fuels a debate that frustrates police."

  • Oct. 26: FRONTLINE: Shots Fired, 8:00 p.m. on PBS Utah. "Amid record police shootings in Utah, an investigation into the use of deadly force in the state. With local journalism partner The Salt Lake Tribune, FRONTLINE examines police training, tactics and accountability, as well as racial disparities in the way force is used."

  • Oct. 28: FRONTLINE virtual event, 1:00 p.m. FRONTLINE and The Salt Lake Tribune invite you to join a conversation with the Emmy- and Peabody-nominated filmmaker Abby Ellis (Flint’s Deadly Water) to discuss her latest FRONTLINE documentary, Shots Fired. This virtual conversation will examine police training, tactics, accountability and racial disparities in the way force is used with Ellis and Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer. This is a free virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom. You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link, which will be included in your email confirmation. If you have questions for the filmmakers, please send them to

The Shush — Vern, Tim and Gruber — a band that will be performing live at the Smith Branch of The County Library on Saturday. After 65 years, the library is moving a few blocks to the west, but not before The Shush and friends — like Owlexander, the library's mascot — have some fun. During the month of October, celebrate the history of the Calvin Smith branch, 810 E. 3300 S., SLC, and find out more about the Granite location, opening Spring of 2022.

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Tonight's show was produced and hosted by Lara Jones.