RadioACTive: November 10, 2020

  • November 10, 2020
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#RoundtableTuesday gets to the history and future of the Electoral College and whether Utah should change the way it allots its six votes Panelists: The Salt Lake Tribune’s Robert Gehrke and Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Morgan Lyon Cotti. Plus, BYU Poli-Sci Prof. Adam Brown’s history lesson and SLCPL’s #3QuickPicks.

Tonight's lineup:

#3QuickPicks with Azra Basic, adult services librarian at the Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library. Check out (literally) Basic's picks on the Electoral College and U.S. government:

  1. Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, David Litt. Poking into forgotten corners of history, translating political science into plain English, and traveling the country to meet experts and activists, the author of this book and former Obama's speechwriter explains how the world’s greatest experiment in democracy went wrong.

  2. Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together, Van Jones. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another's shoes and disagree constructively. He urges both sides to abandon the politics of accusation and focus on real solutions. Calling us to a deeper patriotism, he shows us how to get down to the vital business of solving, together, some of our toughest problems.

  3. For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters, Jeff Foster. Now more than ever, it's so important for everyone to understand our government: where it came from, and how it works. By using infographics, charts, maps, political caricatures, and other engaging visual elements that are fun and easy for kids to understand, this book is a comprehensive and entertaining guide that answers questions: What is the Constitution? What are the branches of the government? What is the Electoral College?

Adam Brown, associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University; a faculty scholar with BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy; and the 2018-2021 Mollie and Karl Butler Young Scholar at the Redd Center for Western Studies. His research leverages differences among the American states to draw broader inferences about governance, while he teaches courses on state politics, public lands, Utah government and American politics generally. Brown is the author of two digital guides and one book on Utah politics, including:

  1. Guide to the Utah Legislature 

  2. Guide to the Utah Constitution

  3. Utah Politics and Government: American Democracy among a Unique Electorate (Politics and Governments of the American States)

#RoundtableTuesday's essential question: Nebraska and Maine do it. Should Utah? Tonight's panel talked about the Electoral College, whether Utah should change the way it awards its 6 votes, and other election reforms to better reflect the electorate. Panelists: 

  • Robert Gehrkepolitical columnist at The Salt Lake Tribune. Gehrke has spent more than 20 years primarily covering government and politics in Utah and the West, including seven years in Washington, D.C. His work on the Crandall Canyon coal mine collapse in 2007 was praised by a U.S. Senate committee investigating the disaster and he collaborated on an investigation into corruption in the Utah Attorney General’s office in 2012-14 that forced the attorney general to resign.

  • Morgan Lyon Cotti of the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Lyon Cotti serves as the associate director of the Hinckley and manages the local and legislative internships. She also contributes to Hinckley’s political analysis and research. She is a former Hinckley intern and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University.

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, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Community Host: #Roundtable Tuesday’s Risshan Leak, Tamrika Khvtisiashvili
  • Exec. Producer, Host:  Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer