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The Know podcast: SLC Mayor Mendenhall talks COVID-19, social justice, and the city’s housing future

The Know podcast: SLC Mayor Mendenhall talks COVID-19, social justice, and the city’s housing future

(Xoel Cardenas,

Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes

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SALT LAKE CITY — Today, we launch a new podcast that’s all about sitting down with Utahns from all types of life and talk about, well, anything and everything.

Welcome to’s “The Know,” Utah’s conversation podcast.

In the debut episode, Xoel Cardenas, Breaking News Editor, talks to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. A few of the topics Xoel and Mayor Mendenhall talk about include:

  • How COVID-19 impacted her plans for her first year in office
  • The fight for social justice
  • If she felt deflated after a 5.7 earthquake rattled the city during a pandemic
  • How can Salt Lake City avoid becoming like Los Angeles when it comes to housing affordability

Check out this clip from the interview in which Mayor Mendenhall answers what words come to mind when she thinks of May 30 and the events that happened in Salt Lake City that day.

We have reached a tipping point as a nation and as a local community around racism in this country and in our own neighborhoods, and we’re done.

–Mayor Erin Mendenhall

Here’s a short clip of Mayor Mendenhall talking about Salt Lake City residents having the opportunity to make changes when it comes to racial equity, injustice, supporting the arts and air quality opportunities.

This is the opportunity like we’ve never had before to be the city we want to be.

–Mayor Erin Mendenhall

Listen to the full conversation now. If you have trouble playing the embed, click here to listen.

Follow The Know podcast on Twitter: @KSLTheKnow

Follow host Xoel Cardenas on Twitter: @XoelCardenas

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podbean, Deezer and Listen Notes. Coming soon to iHeart Radio.


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