KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: COVID-19 booster, federal vaccine requirement, fertilizing the dead

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – In this week’s Take 2 Podcast, host Heidi Hatch speaks to founder and resident of The Exoro Group, Maura Carabello, and former Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes.

They’ll talk about the initial rejection of the COVID-19 booster shot for all, and approval for older Americans and those at high risk.

They discuss the federal vaccine requirements announced by President Jo Biden, what that means for Utah, and attorney generals from several states threatening lawsuits against the plan.

A topic getting a lot of attention over the week was the arrival of thousands of Haitian immigrant staying under a border bridge acting as a temporary holding area in Del Rio, Texas.

Finally, Utah schools now under “Test to Stay” guidelines, Afghan refugees coming to the Beehive State, the weekend’s Justice for J6 rally in Washington, AOC at the Met Gala and fertilizing the dead.


  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

FDA approves third COVID-19 booster shot, but only for elderly and high risk – After overwhelmingly rejecting a plan to give Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, an influential federal advisory panel has approved the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. 

Utah Legislative Meeting discusses vaccine mandates:

  • Some people got nasty
  • Rep. Paul Ray blamed mismanagement for capacity problems at local hospitals.
  • AG Sean Reyes joins dozens of others threatening lawsuits against the White House over Biden’s  vaccine mandate.

Schools now starting Test to stay

  • SLC votes to keep masks for another 30 days

9,000 + migrants staying under a bridge in Del Rio TX in temporary holding – The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.

“More than 200,000 people crossed last month, bringing the total this fiscal year to more than 1.5 million.” 

Utah will welcome 765 Afghan refugees starting in October

Romney pressed Sec. Blinken on SIV applicants left behind in Afghanistan

Justice for J6 Weekend rally planned in DC (Jan 6th 2.0?)Dozens of people gathered at Union Square near the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the Justice for J6 rally Saturday afternoon.

AOC- tax the Rich – Did her Met GALA stunt work?

Fertilizing the deadThe Colorado legislature passed a bill that legalizes an alternative to burial or cremation – allowing instead for an accelerated process of biological decomposition, aka composting of human remains.