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Johnson / Weld Libertarian Rally

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It’s that time of year when we (and I’m assuming that if you read my stuff, this applies to you) all lose a few friends due to political conversations.  Choosing between the lesser of two evils is dicey stuff. Only the most loving or ambivalent of friendships withstand the test.

Good thing we have Gary Johnson & Bill Weld to save the day!

Worst case scenario, your friends will think you are overly optimistic for supporting the Libertarian candidates.  That’s an indictment I will happily live with.

Governors Johnson and Weld came to Salt Lake City on 6 Aug for a rally at the University of Utah. We had an awesome turnout, a roaring crowd of 1500 people along with coverage from every news outlet in town.  I had the privilege of photographing the event and participating in the press conference beforehand. The podcast episode attached to this post contains the audio from the press conference. Senator Mark Madsen (newly minted Libertarian, having recently left the Republican Party), joined Johnson & Weld for the media Q&A.

Gary Johnson and Bill Weld are well known for their ability to “reach across the isle”.  Their political careers provide the evidence; I’m now beginning to see the mechanism behind it. They don’t spend time talking negatively about thier opponents. They understand that words have power, and choose to focus that power on THEIR ideas, principles, and plans.  Not only that, they come to every conversation with an understanding that most of us have more in common than we realize.  When you begin a political conversation by recognizing and discussing the points you have in common, it sets the stage for a truly open minded exchange where differing points of view may be considered.  “Debate” is nearly useless as a tool for convincing people. How many times has your mind been changed because someone proved to you how wrong you are?  That’s what I thought.  😉  A couple of thoughts from the unofficial Gary Johnson / Bill Weld playbook of sharing Libertarianism:

  • Don’t waste time talking negatively about Trump or Clinton. It’s all been said. They do it to each other and themselves better than you or I could ever dream of doing.
  • Realize that most of us have A LOT in common. Begin your conversations by talking about the things you have in common. (For instance, Bernie supporters and Libertarians are both very concerned about crony capitalism and VALUE ethics in business).
  • Rather than attack other points of view, spend time sharing the positives of your own position and how it’s made a difference in your life / how you expect it to make a difference.
  • Accept that not everyone is going to agree with your conclusions. Make sure you remain friends. Friendship is more important than being “right”.

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An insiders view of the Mormon Political Machine


Justin Anderson is a self styled citizen lobbyist and political strategist. He comes on the show to tell the story of working as a political adviser  to the upper echelons of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Justin shares with us some jaw dropping perspectives on what happens when The Mormon Church grapples with issues such as LGBT rights, gay marriage, and medicinal marijuana.

I have UTMOST respect for Justin for being willing to speak the truth, and to do it from a place of love – FOR THE TRUTH.

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Since this interview was published, many of you have asked “What happened to Justin?”  I asked Justin to answer that question for you. Here is his answer:

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Hey Paul,

It’s been about six months since you invited me to sit on your show to discuss my interactions with church leaders and officials. The day I went on your show changed my life forever.

The weeks following the show I was left to evaluate my relationship with God and the Church. I was committed to stay and to work through my faith crisis. I was committed to do everything it took to “remain in the fold.”

During the weeks following the show I had to request the assistance of an attorney. Ecclesiastical leaders of mine showed hostility towards me in emails and voicemails. The Church asked that I delete all my emails from their Correlation Dept and other depts to remove all proof of discussions. I wasn’t expecting an apology, Elder Oaks made it clear that the Church does not apologize. I wasn’t expecting an apology but I was expecting any threats either, I was wrong on the latter.

The hostility that I encountered by my ward leaders added to my anxiety that already existed. Trying to find room for myself, and others with beliefs like my own, I was left with no choice but to resign through the means of an attorney. It was denied when I asked to remove my records directly to my bishop, and after further hostility, I had to move forward with an attorney.

For the past few months I’ve been faced with difficult emotions. I’m still processing my faith crisis which I’ve been struggling with for over a year. I’m trying to figure out if I’ll ever participate in another religion. Im trying to figure out what my life has in store for me. In fact, I sometimes refer to Mormons as “we” as if I’m still in the Church. A part of my heart will always remain Mormon, and I welcome and cherish that. “Do what is right and let the consequence follow” is one of the many Mormon phrases and beliefs that I will always hold close to my heart.

Closing that chapter of my life has been painful, but I welcome the new chapter with hope and excitement.

Your friend,


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Catching up with Cat Palmer

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Cat Palmer is an institution of Salt Lake City, and one of my most dear friends. We’ve done many interviews on the radio, but lets be honest. The FCC regulations prevented us from ever sharing our most interesting conversations with you.

I fixed that problem.

The Paul Duane Show is now totally independently produced!  I’ve backed away from traditional broadcast radio to focus on serving my Internet radio / podcast listeners.

On today’s show, Cat and I discuss everything from her various art projects, the history of Playboy, her grooming habits “down there”, and her very first shoot featuring men.

Check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s write up on Cat’s “Last Supper” shoot:  http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/2963981-155/salt-lake-city-photographer-sets-table




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SLC Mayoral Candidate Jackie Biskupski

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Former Utah Legislator Jackie Biskupski visited the studio today to discuss her bid for the Salt Lake City Mayor Office.  We talked transit, Mayor Becker’s handling (or lack) of the sexual harassment case in the SLC Police Department and the resulting departure of Chief Burbank, being Utah’s first openly gay elected official, and whether or not we are ready to  have nice things.

Learn more about Jackie’s campaign at www.JackieForMayor.com 



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Holst would have played heavy metal

Jarom Bischoff of Exigent Records, and founder of the CrucialFest hardcore music festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, gave a brilliant tour of heavy music for the uninitiated.  Bischoff is an articulate fan of music – of all genres – and gave a compelling and nuanced explanation of what heavy music does for the soul.


Heavy / hardcore music may feel like a new phenomenon in the history of music… but its not. Humans have always sought ways to express the bigger, darker emotions.  Take Gustav Holst, for instance, who was composing in the late 1800’s. Listen to this and imagine it performed by a metal band:

Here are some of the songs that Jarom provided during his musical tour:

Converge – Jane Doe  https://youtu.be/zLRYREmJqho

Ides of Gemini:  https://idesofgemini.bandcamp.com/album/old-world-new-wave

Author & Punisher “Terrorbird” https://youtu.be/jjlBOPLWZyw

Subrosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones https://youtu.be/Xjo-aE8PIGQ


Featured CrucialFest bands:

Goatsnake – Playing Saturday June 20th at Urban Lounge

“Elevated Man” from their new album, “Black Age Blues”



Dead Meadow – Playing Friday June 19th at Urban Lounge

“Sleepy Silver Door” from their Self Titled album

Dead Meadow – Sleepy Silver Door


Royal Thunder – Playing Thursday June 18th at Area 51

“Time Machine” from the album, “Crooked Doors, (Deluxe Version)”



Ides of Gemini – Playing Friday June 19th at Area 51, Early Show

“Black Door” from the album, “Old World New Wave”



Kowloon Walled City – Playing Saturday June 20th at Area 51, Early Show

“The Pressure Keeps Me Alive” from the album, “Container Ships”



La Verkin – Playing Thursday June 18th at Area 51, Early Show, 21+ Stage

“Trickle Down” from the album, “Judge the Judger”


CrucialFest happens June 18 – 20 in Salt Lake City.   Get tickets and info at:  CrucialFest.com


#GroupTherapyWed : Scott Carter : Sexual Predators

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It’s Group Therapy Wednesday with Scott Carter from Salt City Counselling and Consultation. Today’s topic is sexual predation. Scott is an expert in working with troubled teens, who so often are plagued by this pernicious social cancer.  Sexual abuse and conversations about it have been so hard to have in the past. We endeavor to shed some light on it and ecourage a more open dialogue about this problem that affects such a huge portion of society.  If you, or someone you love needs help dealing with the effects of sexual predation, give Scott a call for a free consultation.

Salt City Counselling and Consultation

http://saltcitycounseling.com      385.202.4174

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Mark Lawrence of Restore Our Humanity

Mark Lawrence director of Restore Our Humanity joined me on the show today to talk about recent human rights happenings in Utah.  One particular item of interest is the annual convention for The World Congress of Families that will be taking place in Salt Lake City in October.  The WCF is an organization that pedals intolerance and violence, cloaked in a pro-family guise.

A coalition has been formed to do three things:

  1. Educate the public on what the World Congress of Families is truly about
  2. Educate the public on the involvement of the LDS Church with the WCF
  3. Create a TRUE pro-family platform that will pervade the local culture, firmly establishing Salt Lake City as the most family – friendly city in America.

Restore Our Humanity is seeking people who are willing to donate a mere $5 per month for 12 months. These $5 donations will simply be automatically paid out of your credit / debit card account without you needing to worry about it. Visit  http://www.restoreourhumanity.org/donate/  to add your support to this very important cause.

On a less serious, yet related note…  One of the songs that played on the way to a break was  “Gay Agenda” by The Toros – click to listen (which happens to be a band I played bass in).  This was purely coincidental. The commercial break songs are chosen at random by a computer… yet, there could not be a more appropos song at that moment in the show!


Hypnotherapist Allison Draney

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On Group Therapy Wednesday, Hypnotherapist Allison Draney joins us from Riverton Hypnosis Center.  Listen to the recording of the show to hear about my personal experience with a hypnosis session with Allison.  Here’s my semi-spoiler alert: I’ve already noticed a marked change in my productivity in the 36 hours that have passed since my session with her.  Yelp 5 star review upheld. Listen to the show to see what I’m talking about!

For those of you who live outside of Utah, Allison also conducts sessions via Skype and phone.

You can reach Allison at:

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