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Boyd Matheson interviews national and Utah state thought leaders on the issues that are shaping our world.
||CleanFinding Joy - Julie B. Beck||The world is filled with challenges, insecurity and uncertainty. Many individuals struggle to find purpose, passion and joy in life. A lack of confidence in self and faith in a divine purpose leaves many straggling in the foothills and off the mountaintops of success, fulfillment and meaningful service. Could the answers be found in covenant living? Sister Julie B. Beck, author of the new book "Joy in the Covenant," shares personal insight on this week's episode of Therefore, What?||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming diseases of despair - Elder J. Devn Cornish||Diseases of despair, including depression, anxiety and suicide, seem to be destroying individuals while decimating families and communities. Social media creates constant comparisons and outsized expectations. Many ask the questions, “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” Elder Devn Cornish of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares his unique perspective on this week’s episode of “Therefore, What?”||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon Huntsman Jr. : The last diplomat||International tensions are high. Russian meddling in past, current and future elections is a serious cause for concern. Angry and divisive rhetoric, trade wars and America's place in the world are straining relationships with allies, friends and foes around the world. Many wonder if American diplomacy abroad is dead. Deseret News InDepth editor Jesse Hyde provides insight and perspective from his time in Russia with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr., who may well be the last diplomat. All on this week episode of Therefore, What?||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho will decide the election?||Midterm elections are fast approaching. Political campaigns are in full swing. Both parties are stoking anger, fear and frustration. Who will decide the election? Will this election be about the base, the independents or citizens who have simply disengaged. Has politics failed? What is the future for America? Legendary pollster Scott Rasmussen weighs in on this week's edition of Therefore, What? Guest: Scott RasmussenA best-selling author, political observer, pollster and purveyor of Scottrasmussen.com He is looking for community driven solutions through data-driven analysis.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitical polarization or cancer of contempt?||Is capitalism the cause or the solution to poverty and human suffering? Is political polarization the problem or is it the growing cancer of contempt? Leadership is sorely lacking in Washington at a time the American people are looking for inspiration and a path forward. Drawing on history, social psychology, behavioral economics, and the counsel of ancient wisdom Arthur Brooks answers these questions and shares lessons from his extraordinary American journey on this week's edition of Therefore, What? Guest: Arthur Brooks. A bestselling author, social scientist, economist and head of the American Enterprise Institute, as well as one of the most profound and brilliant minds in America and Utah's favorite Catholic.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy we hate each other and how to heal||Tribalism, fear and frustration are killing the country. Our communities are crumbling, the fabric of society is being ripped to shreds and our hyper-connected technological world has actually disconnected people from places and spaces that create culture and a sense of belonging. Has rugged individualism gone rogue? Has politics permanently splintered and isolated the American people? Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska joins us to discuss his new book, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal," on this week's edition of Therefore, What?||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHas America hit rock bottom?||Has America hit rock bottom? Is there any path to true leadership, integrity, civility and good governance? Legendary journalist George Will shares his unique perspective on the American experiment and the future of the nation on this week's edition of Therefore, What?||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen did rage become all the rage?||Rage is all the rage. Weaponizing words and the weaknesses of others is where many politicians spend their days. Social media has created an America that is no longer a melting pot but is a place where you can deploy divisive rhetoric to melt down those who disagree with you. Leaders aren't leading and are actually avoiding crucial conversations. Contempt towards others is a cancer in our communities. How do we cure the nation's contempt, unite around principles and values and, at minimum, put civil back in civil dialogue and debate. Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox weighs in on this week's edition of Therefore, What?||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan men and women ever be equal in America?||The October 2018 Time Magazine cover story asks the question, “Can American men and women ever be equal?” Answers and positive models come from an unexpected, yet not surprising place. Deseret Management Corporation Executive Vice President Sheri Dew shares her perspective on this week’s edition of Therefore, What?||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolitcized SCOTUS - who is to blame?||The battle for the Supreme Court is in full swing. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh continues to careen with political posturing, credible accusations, credible denials and nothing that the confirmation was designed to be.The Supreme Court of the United States of America has become political instead of judicial. Who is to blame and how to restore order on this week's edition of Therefore, What?||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSafeco Field expects 40,000 to listen to President Russell M. Nelson||This Saturday, the Seattle Mariners will be more than 1,000 miles away from Safeco Field playing a weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels. Yet the stadium will be bursting with an expected crowd of 40,000. That is strong attendance for any weekend event at Safeco, but Saturday’s event is of particular note as the spectators will be there to watch a 94-year-old take second base. Find out why on this week’s episode of Therefore, What? Guest: Sarah Jane Weaver is the editor of the LDS Church News. Since 1995 she has covered, among other things, LDS Welfare Services, Church Education and social issues impacting members of the Church.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuicide Prevention Week: Don't wait til it's too late||This week is suicide prevention week. How to avoid tragic endings and ensure everyone has the resources they need for better tomorrows beginning today. On this episode of, “Therefore What?”||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBringing your authentic self to work: The business of faith||Faith continues to be pushed out of the public square. Restricted on college campuses and banished from public schools — people of faith and seekers of faith wonder where to turn. This week we follow such a believer on a journey of faith that began in a place not known for its religious strength, California’s Silicon Valley. Join us for a discussion of faith as a dimension of diversity on this edition of Therefore, What? Guest: Sue Warnke is the senior director of technology content at Salesforce, the world leader in customer relationship management software. After a lifetime as an agnostic, Sue became a Christian a year and a half ago and has since helped Salesforce launch a new diversity group that is sparking conversation in the technology industry on the topic of faith diversity: Faithforce.||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs America still a beacon of hope?||Three stories — easy to overlook from 30,000 feet, impossible to ignore and individually important up close and personal. The Michigan adoption case pitting religious adoption agencies and LGBT couples longing for children. Criminal justice reform focused on how the setting of bail disproportionately hurts the poor. The number of refugees settled in the U.S. each year has gone down — is America still a beacon of hope to the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free? Guest: Gillian Friedman, investigative and in-depth reporter for the Deseret News.||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeen anxiety, depression, and suicide||Anxiety, depression and teen suicide numbers are rising at an alarming rate. The Deseret News is committed to enabling teens and empowering parents with the tools and resources to effectively deal with anxiety. Helping teens recognize and cope with stress, avoid the downward spiral of depression while maximizing their talents, opportunities and potential is a worthwhile investment in our community. Guest: Jenny Howe, Therapist||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe press, the presidency and the First Amendment.||President Donald Trump and many in the national media continue their rocky relationship. Filled with contempt, their rhetoric may be good for ratings on cable tv and may help the president gin up his base for re-election. But the lack of civility keeps us a safe distance from having the conversation we must have as a country. Such contempt also allows both ends of the political spectrum to raise billions of dollars in campaign cash, but that money won't buy us a better nation. The proper role of the press, the presidency and the First Amendment. Guest: Doug Wilks Editor of Deseret News||8/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Renaissance of Remembrance||America is in crisis. Not a crisis of government or business or the economy it is a crisis of forgetfulness. One of the greatest threats to a vibrant civil society is simple forgetfulness. What we forget our children may never know. What our children do not know our grandchildren are unlikely to possess. Real remembering includes not only the history of those who have gone before but the principles they lived by. Our communities, our nation and the world is in need of a renaissance of remembering. Artist and entrepreuner Eric Dowdle shares his vision to create a place and space where the principles of America can be remembered on this editions of Therefore what...||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe State of College Athletics||The start of the college football season is only weeks away. Highly hyped, high-stakes games are on the schedule complete corporate sponsors, television right and local as well as national media coverage. Such games should feature terrific young men, committed to their teammates and schools, with wise coaches who are equally committed to building character in their players and serving their communities. Instead we are force-fed the unsettling onslaught of stories about barroom brawls, boosters bankrolling the breaking of rules, police reports instead of history reports, DUI scores instead of ACT scores, professors ignoring academic fraud, administrators turning a blind eye to assaults and abuse and far too many thugs who get a free pass because they are talented enough to either throw or catch one. The state of college athletics and what to do about it on this edition of therefore what…||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA leopard can't change his spots. But we're talking about real people.||The criminal justice system of the United States is overburdened, understaffed and incredibly inefficient. Recidivism and a revolving door keep too many perpetually trapped in the system. Likewise, addiction rehab centers are bursting at the seams, often producing equally dismal results. Is there a better approach to changing behavior? What can be done? We explore non-government solutions with someone who was locked up and locked in that broken prison system. Dave Durocher, managing director at The Other Side Academy, provides a look into an innovative and revolutionary approach transforming criminals into contributing citizens -- on this week’s episode of "Therefore, what?"||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanI know what you are against. But what are you for?||In the halls of Congress or in press interviews, politicians go to great lengths to let us know what exactly it is that they are against. But what if we focused on what we are for?||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Allies and Building Alliances||Nato Allies have met in Brussells. President Trump visits America’s long-time ally in Great Britain and meets with Americas long-time rival Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trade wars and tariff battles continue while bad actors, dictators, and terrorists threaten world peace. For leaders today, finding allies and building alliances has never been more vital. Guest: Rich McKeown Rich McKeown co-founder of Leavitt Partners and author of "Finding Allies, Building Alliances," is our guest. McKeown served as Chief-of-Staff for Mike Leavitt at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSen. Mike Lee reacts to Brett Kavanaugh nomination||In the wake of President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats have begun their attacks and Republicans have dug their heels in defense. Will there be a Supreme Court hearing or just a partisan shouting match? Guest: Sen. Mike Lee Mike Lee is the junior United States Senator from the State of Utah.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBalancing religious liberty and other rights||Boyd Matheson interviews Deseret News reporter and religious liberty expert Kelsey Dallas about recent Supreme Court decisions, including the wedding cake ruling.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great work landing the best American columnist in the past 50 years as a guest. Fascinating commentary on politics in the era of Trump.
Important, Entertaining, Concise
Wow - I was riveted during the entire interview of the first podcast I listened to. So many podcasts are 15 minutes of idea fluffed into 45 minutes of air. This is the reverse. Matheson makes great use of my time while engaging me in some of the important questions of the day.
What a man! Boyd’s unique experience and kind approach makes politics palatable. I love listening to his stuff.