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The Loudmouth Project

Our Brother’s Keeper

In this episode, Congressman Ben McAdams talks with businessman and member of Utah’s Muslim Community Avais Ahmed, as they discuss why his family chose Utah, what it was like being one of a handful of Muslims growing up in Kaysville, Utah, and how a terrorist attack in New Zealand that targeted Muslims in two different places of worship impact the Muslim community here in Utah. They give advice on how to bridge the divide between different groups, and why the efforts may amount to something as simple as sharing a meal.   To offer us feedback or give us ideas for WashingTown, the podcast that follows former Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams as he transitions to representing Utah’s Fourth Congressional District in Washington, D.C., please email us at or visit our website at

About the author, Amy

For nearly three decades, Amy has been telling other people’s stories. As a professional journalist, she’s covered everything from crime to education, spending the last 19 years in sports. As an award-winning writer and columnist, she wrote about high school and college athletics, as well as covering six Olympic Games. Born in Utah, Amy moved to Alaska in junior high and graduated from Robert Service High School in Anchorage. She graduated from both Snow College and the University of Utah, and she has worked as a journalist in Salt Lake City since 1990. She co-hosted a high school radio show for over a decade, and she co-founded Voices of Reason podcast with her Deseret News colleague Jasen Lee. She is a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a devoted foster to animals hoping to find a home of their own.

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