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Boyd Matheson brings a one-of-a-kind insider perspective to Utah and national politics. Boyd is the former chief-of-staff to Senator Mike Lee, former head of the conservative Sutherland Institute and is current Opinion Editor at the Deseret News.

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    What to Look for When Voting in Municipal Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 9:09

    In her closing monologue, guest host Maura Carabello looks at the qualities people should be seeking out in city council and school board candidates. (Hint: Political party membership should be low on the list, if at all.) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Gun Rights and Abortion Rights Groups Team Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:38

    Guest host Maura Carabello looks at the reasons gun groups are joining abortion rights groups to oppose the Texas abortion law before The Supreme Court right now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Bias Can Be Hard To Spot

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 7:30

    A new Department of Justice report shows Black and Asian-American students in the Davis School District were subjected to serious and widespread racial harassment in recent years, in several cases with adults looking the other way. Guest host Maura Carabello looks at the report and explores why it's hard for people to recognize and confront bias in their communities.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    What Is Your College Degree Actually Worth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 10:42

    What is the return on investment for your bachelor's degree? The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity's Preston Cooper crunched the numbers and launched a new online tool to help you figure it out. He joined guest host Maura Carabello to talk about it and whether there is value in getting a degree with a lower ROI. (And for those wondering, you can search your degree here: https://freopp.org/we-calculated-return-on-investment-for-30-000-bachelors-degrees-find-yours-1f2f3c5e6dac) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    David Ibarra on Rising Crime and Homelessness in SLC and Why Non-Salt Lakers Should Care

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 16:16

    Salt Lake City is facing rising violent crime and homelessness. Community leader David Ibarra gives his thoughts on what we can do better and why those outside the capitol city should want to solve the problem. Guest Host: Maura Carabello See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Update on Boosters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 10:16

    Both the CDC and Intermountain Healthcare gave updates on booster shots today. Guest host Maura Carabello talks about the latest news and encourages those who have questions to talk with their doctors. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Unused Vaccines Can't Be Shipped Overseas (Even if Cities and Healthcare Providers Want To)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:39

    Many Americans are vaccinated, but there are still some folks who do not want the COVID-19 jab. What happens when those vaccines go unused? Cities and healthcare providers across the country are being blocked by the Biden Administration from sending those vials overseas. The Washington Post's Dan Diamond talks about why that is and those trying to change the President's mind. Guest Host: Maura Carabello See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Write Now, Write for the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 9:41


    President Biden and Vice President Harris visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. today to mark its 10th anniversary. It got Boyd to thinking about one of his favorite topics: When looking at historical figures, it's usually better to ignore the flaws, stop "canceling" them, and write for a better future instead.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    When Trust Is Lost

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 8:36

    New numbers from Gallup show that Americans do not trust anyone anymore...including ourselves. What does this mean for the future of the country, and how can we solve this problem? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Take this Job and Shove It...What's Behind the "Great Resignation", and How You Can Be a Success at Your Next Job

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 7:16

    Boyd looks at why millions of people across the United States have been quitting their jobs and what that means for the economy. He also gives some advice for those looking for their next career move.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Debt Ceiling Isn't The Problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 8:58

    There's a lot of arguing over the debt ceiling every few months. But Jonathan Bydlak from The R Street Institute believes that this is not the real problem. The USA has a big issue with spending. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    What Senator Sinema Really Wants

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 9:44

    Many Democrats have been angry with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) because of her insistence on cuts to President Biden's social spending bill. But The Washington Post's Amber Phillips joined Boyd to talk about her new piece showing that the Senator and her critics have very similar priorities.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Puppies and Ice Cream Aren't in the Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 7:31


    Politicians love to pass bills with names like The Support Kittens and Clean Air Act...and then load it up with pork that has nothing to do with kittens or clean air. It leads Boyd to ask: How much do you know about what's in the multi-trillion dollar social spending package? David Ditch from The Heritage Foundation found some interesting things tucked into it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Compromising and Not Compromising are Both Bad

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 9:45

    In his monologue, Boyd shares his experience as a former Senate chief of staff to look at the downsides of both compromising and not compromising on an issue. He also answers the question of what real compromise looks like. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Joe Manchin, Independent?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 8:54

    Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is strongly denying a report that he is thinking about leaving the Democratic Party. Boyd revisits some wise words from former Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) looks at how rediscovering centrism might be the path forward for the infighting Democrats are experiencing.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The IRS Wants to Monitor More Bank Accounts...Maybe Even Yours

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 10:37

    Many Democrats are in support of a plan to have banks hand over accountholders' information if they do $10,000 a year in transactions. The policy is designed to catch tax cheats. But Utah Congressman Blake Moore is coming out strongly against the plan. He talks with Boyd about his concerns for regular Americans' privacy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Analyzing the Supply Chain Response from Washington, D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 6:16

    Wrapping up Inside Sources' special coverage on the supply chain crisis, Boyd looks at what the Biden Administration has said about the problem. What do their responses reveal about how this issue is viewed by those in Washington? And is there a disconnect between the president and the public? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Supply Chain Shock - World Trade Center Utah's Miles Hansen on the Global Supply Problem and How to Fix It

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 9:04

    Rounding out the hour, World Trade Center Utah's Miles Hansen looks at the problems in the global supply chain crisis and talks about what we need to do in the US to help break the logjam. Inside Sources hosted a special hour on the supply chain crisis. Supply Chain Shock is brought to you by Volkswagen SouthTowne.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Supply Chain Shock - Eric Boehm on the Ineffective Federal Government Response to the Supply Chain Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 9:30

    Many people are asking the federal government to fix the supply chain crisis, and President Biden has proposed some solutions. But Reason Magazine's Eric Boehm discovered that these ideas probably won't move the needle at all. Inside Sources hosted a special hour on the supply chain crisis. Supply Chain Shock is brought to you by Volkswagen SouthTowne.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Supply Chain Shock - Art Raymond on How Businesses are Finding Workarounds to Shortages

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 8:37

    The supply chain crisis has been a challenge for most companies, but they are not sitting idly by as the problem continues. The Deseret News' Art Raymond profiled one Utah business who is getting around some of the supply chain issues ahead of the Christmas rush. Inside Sources hosted a special hour on the supply chain crisis. Supply Chain Shock is brought to you by Volkswagen SouthTowne.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Supply Chain Shock - Rep. Robert Spendlove on What's Happening to Our Supply Chain and Why We'll Be Paying More for Goods

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 9:49

    Why are store shelves going empty and boats parked off the coast of California? Utah State Representative and Zions Bank Senior Vice President Robert Spendlove gave us a bird's eye view on what's causing the supply chain crisis and what that means for consumers. Inside Sources hosted a special hour on the supply chain crisis. Supply Chain Shock is brought to you by Volkswagen SouthTowne.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Empires of the Mind and the Importance of Soft Skills

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:20


    Boyd's monologue looks at some wise words from Winston Churchill decades ago and how that relates to the importance of having soft skills in the job market today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    KSL TV's Mike Anderson on the 150-Year-Old Rail Town Uncovered in Utah

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 8:12


    KSL TV's Mike Anderson joins Boyd to discuss the amazing archeological find in Utah that is helping families, especially those of Chinese immigrants, connect to their ancestors.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Could this Bill Make Online Shopping More Expensive for You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 8:13

    There is a new bill in Washington, D.C. aiming to increase competition in the tech industry. But the R Street Institute's Jeff Westling says it could have the unintended consequence of hurting consumers shopping for cheaper products and services. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Harvard University Professor Roger Porter Remembers Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 8:09


    Harvard University Professor Roger Porter presented an award to Colin Powell a couple of months before he died. Professor Porter talks with Boyd about his friend and what we can learn from his example. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Veterans Worried about their Access to Healthcare

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 9:21

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a change to the way vets access their doctors. Darin Selnick from Concerned Veterans for America, and a former senior advisor at the VA, joins Boyd to talk about why veterans are worried and what we should be doing instead to ensure our heroes get the best medical care possible. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    There are Lots of Jobs...But Where are the Workers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 9:50

    There are millions of job openings, but millions of people are also not getting hired. Why? Brent Orrell from the American Enterprise Institute joined Boyd to talk about his research showing that there are a variety of reasons for this. But one key thing many people are missing is the soft skills needed to be a success. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    A Job Is Better Than A Handout

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:16

    President Biden's social spending proposals are aimed at helping those left behind in the economy get a hand up. But many of the people those programs are targeted for do not want the help. Boyd looks at a piece in Politico that may provide an answer for Democrats, who want to sell blue collar workers on their vision for the future. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Five Key Areas Where President Biden is Missing the Mark with Voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 8:53

    A recent poll from Scott Rasmussen showed five key areas where President Biden is losing support among voters. Boyd looks at why that is and what that says about the messaging behind the president's proposals. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    When Boyd Met Secretary Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:30


    Trailblazer. Statesman. Author. Genuinely Nice Person. In his monologue, Boyd tells the story of how he met Secretary of State Colin Powell and talks about the lessons we can all learn from his life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Ambassador Price Remembers Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:06


    Ambassador John Price knew Secretary of State Colin Powell. He sat down with Boyd to reminisce about his former colleague and how two men with very similar backgrounds climbed the ladder of political success in America.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Should We Change How We Vote In Local Elections?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 8:19

    Elections for school board and city council don't often draw the biggest crowds, even though they are very important offices. The Manhattan Institute's Michael Harney chatted with Boyd about his new research, which shows that moving those races to midterm or presidential election years would do more to up voter turnout than any other incentive. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Senator Bernie Sanders vs. Senator Joe Manchin

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:47


    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wrote a scathing editorial in a West Virginian newspaper attacking Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) over his position on spending. That has escalated a war of words between the two. Boyd looks at the tactics of Senator Sanders and why taking his colleague to task will backfire and destroy any chance of implementing his legislative agenda. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Vaccine Lotteries Didn't Work

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:21

    It was supposed to be a game changer...instead, it fell flat. A new study says vaccine lotteries in 19 states didn't do anything to up the United States' total vaccination rate. Boyd looks at why that is and how misplaced incentives don't move the needle on projects. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Fallen Utah Police Officers Remembered in Washington, D.C.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 9:11

    Ogden Police Chief Eric Young was one of dozens of Utahns who attended a ceremony in Washington, D.C. over the weekend honoring fallen officers. He talks with Boyd about why he felt the need to be there, the memory of Ogden Police Officer Nate Lyday, as well as an update on police reform efforts. Boyd and Chief Young also talk about what President Biden said at the event in support of those who wear the badge. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. on His Friend, Secretary Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 17:35


    The United States and the world lost former Secretary of State Colin Powell today, who died from complications of COVID-19. Powell was known as a trailblazer, and respected for his military success and intelligence, among other admirable qualities. Former Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. talked with Boyd about his friend and neighbor, and shared some surprising insights into the life of Secretary Powell.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Party Bosses Don't Always Know Best

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 8:35

    A new report in The Hill says Democratic Party leaders are upset with "longshot", outsider candidates raising lots of money when there are several seats in more winnable races to protect. But Boyd argues that this happens on the Republican side, too...and that party bosses picking and choosing the candidates is not a good idea. (Comments originally broadcast at the Utah Gives Back event at Highland Junior High School in Ogden.) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Geopolitics of the US-UK-Australia Submarine Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 9:38


    President Biden recently made a nuclear submarine deal with the UK and Australia to counter China's military influence in the Pacific. But what does that mean for future trade deals that could counter the communist country's economic influence? Ian Johnson with the Council on Foreign Relations chatted with Boyd about what the US has to balance to be in the best position possible. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Rep. Ryan Wilcox on the Importance of Education and Using Money Wisely

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 7:40

    State Rep. Ryan Wilcox joined Boyd during the Utah Gives Back event at Highland Junior High in Ogden yesterday, where he talked about the importance of education and gave his thoughts on how to best manage resources for schools. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Elder Rasband on Faith and the G20

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 9:14

    Elder Ronald A. Rasband of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had an interesting opinion piece in The Hill. Boyud looks at what he said about faith, economics, and more ahead of the upcoming G20 summit.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Governments are Getting into Bitcoin

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 9:02

    Would you like to get paid in Bitcoin? Some workers are saying yes, and governments both large and small are getting into the cryptocurrency game. Natalie Brunell, host of the Coin Stories podcast, talked with Boyd about what's going on and the future of crypto. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Do Americans Want Bigger Government?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 7:17

    Many parts of President Biden's agenda are broadly popular...but new poll numbers show a big drop in support for the $3.5 Trillion social spending legislation currently in Congress. The Washington Post's Catherine Rampell looked into why that is and offers some thoughts on what Democrats could be doing better to get more programs enacted. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Lessons from the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 7:40

    The Limits of Political Parties

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 10:05

    How do you make laws in such a polarized era? University of Utah Professor James Curry has a new book and a new piece in The New York Times discussing the limits of operating within political parties. What could Democrats be doing better to get their agenda items passed? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Different Points-of-View Are Needed When Making Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 9:17

    The Biden Administration is asking oil companies to cut prices...while making their product greener...all during a global supply chain crisis. Boyd shows how the oil crunch we find ourselves in probably happened because there was no one in the room with a different opinion when earlier policies were being made.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Are Changes Coming to The Supreme Court?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 9:14

    President Biden's Supreme Court commission released its first recommendations today, which may not please progressives who want to completely remake the court. But The R Street Institute's Anthony Marcum argues any changes may have negative unintended consequences and ultimately make the court extremely political. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Shatner in Space and the Power of Awe

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 8:04


    Captain Kirk went to space! What can William Shatner's experience and his words afterwards teach us about the power of awe? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


    Heart of Utah - Meet the Chaplain from Utah Helping Afghan Evacuees

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:03

    Air Force Chaplain Jonathan Dawson felt the call to help Afghan evacuees well before the military came knocking. He chatted with Boyd from Qatar about the amazing effort he coordinated to get everything from basic supplies to toys as thousands of people escaped The Taliban. His experience teaches us about the role religion can play in helping those in the toughest of situations. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Who is Really Winning the Spending Battle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 8:58

    President Biden's $3.5 Trillion spending package looks like it will get trimmed down. But could all of the haggling in Washington turn out to be a victory for progressives? The R Street Institute's James Wallner joins Boyd to break down the politics of it all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    President Biden's Blind Side?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 14:58

    What is really behind President Biden's sagging poll numbers? Politico's Christopher Cadelago did a deep dive on the differences between what the White House sees as important and what regular Americans do. How does this affect policy right now, and what are the lessons for politicians going forward? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    The Silicon Slopes Tech Summit Brings Big Names to Utah as Big Tech Faces Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:05


    Silicon Slopes is holding their annual Tech Summit today, where Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking. Utah Senator Mike Lee, who is taking part in the chat, sat down with Boyd first to talk about why Big Tech is increasingly attracted to the Beehive State and what issues they will have to sort out in the world at large. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


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