Voices of Reason

Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are speaking out and speaking up about the issues facing our community. We are engaging in conversations that seek to help us understand our differing views and opinions on complex social justice issues, and what possible common ground might guide us in our search for solutions.

Episodes

  • July 22, 2021

    Sexualization in women's sports

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson discusses the sexualization of women's sports with Sarah Herrmann, assistant professor of psychology at Weber State University; Justine Jones, mental performance coach at R.J. Performance Group; and Shay Gouldling-Muir, women’s volleyball coach at Salt Lake Community College.

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  • July 13, 2021

    Is the US Flag a symbol of hate with Lex Scott and Keimon Dixson

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen Lee are joined by Lex Scott, head of the Utah Black Lives Matter chapter and Keimon Dixson, political activist and former U.S. military member - talking about the U.S. flag and what it means to individuals, good and bad.

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  • July 2, 2021

    Bonus: Bill Cosby is released from prison

    Here's a bonus episode: It's official Bill Cosby was released from prison after a judge determined prosecutorial misconduct following his conviction of sexually assaulting multiple women over many years. Dr. LaShawn Williams, professor of Social Work at Utah Valley and Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Westminster College just us to break it down.

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  • July 2, 2021

    Critical Race Theory with LaShawn Williams, PhD and Tamara Stevenson, PhD

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen learn about critical race theory from Dr. LaShawn Williams, professor of Social Work at Utah Valley University who specializes in relational change strategy, and Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Westminster College.

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  • June 19, 2021

    The meaning of making Juneteenth a federally-recognized holiday

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is joined by author and social activist Darlene McDonald and University of Utah social psychology professor Dr. Paul White to talk about the significance of the nation's newest federal holiday - June 19th - commemorating a landmark day in American history.

     

     

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  • June 4, 2021

    Sexism in Sports Journalism with Amy D. & Co.

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson is joined by University of Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan, Deseret News NBA Reporter Sarah Todd and veteran sports reporter Michelle Bodkin to discuss sexism in the world of sports journalism.

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  • May 25, 2021

    The historical impact of redlining with Jennifer Gnagey

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Weber State University economics professor Jennifer Gnagey delves into the impact of redlining in housing and how it has shaped communities nationwide.

    The website mentioned at the very end of the discussion: https://www.neighborsfurtherfairhousing.org/

    The Facebook group is linked at the bottom of that web page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/936516223855691

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  • May 14, 2021

    The story of Black Mormon Pioneer Green Flake with Mauli Bonner

    On this episode, Amy and Jasen are joined by Mauli Bonner, a Grammy Award-winning vocal director and now filmmaker, whose first feature film His name is Green Flake chronicles the life a Black Mormon pioneer who literally paved the way for 70,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to journey west where they settled in what is today the state of Utah.

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  • May 6, 2021

    Making personal connections with the great outdoors with Forest Good

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by Forest Good, CEO and founder of Pastimes — an app that connects people who are interested in doing outdoors activities. It’s a social platform of all things outdoors.

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  • April 23, 2021

    Examining the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Verdict with Dr. Roderic Land, Ph.D

    Dr. Roderic Land, Ph.D joins Amy and Jasen on this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason. An ordained minister, he holds a Ph.D from the University of Illinois in educational policy with an emphasis in critical race theory and sociology. He's done extensive research on social justice, racial attitudes and race relations in America. He is also a previous chair of the Utah MLK Human Rights Commission.

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  • April 23, 2021

    How laughter fills the soul with comedian with Arvin Mitchell

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by comedian Arvin Mitchell to discuss how making people laugh has helped him find meaning in life.

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  • April 9, 2021

    The Second Amendment with Attorney and author Mitch Vilos

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by author and attorney Mitch Vilos to discuss Second Amendment issues, including legislation proposed by the Joseph Biden administration in the wake of a spate of deadly shootings across the country.

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  • April 1, 2021

    How to manage a COVID pet adoption

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen discuss the best way to handle adopting a new pet during a pandemic with Jackie Hansen, owner of Central Park Pet Retreat in Salt Lake City and Ashley & Ryan Wolf-Heidt, founder of Bark & Biscuit — a dog training business also in Salt Lake.

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  • March 25, 2021

    Utah Gov. Spencer Cox talks about his first days on the job in the era of COVID-19

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox joins Amy and Jasen to talk about a variety of topics he’s been tackling since taking over as the state’s top elected public servant, including the success of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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  • March 18, 2021

    Catching up with Ben McAdams

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Ben McAdams, former Congressman and founder of the Common Ground Institute, an organization focused on promoting building consensus on important public policy issues. He now work with the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business, which promotes investing in causes for the public good.

    Find Ben on Twitter @benmcadamsut and on Facebook; contact him via email: ben@cgileader.org

     

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  • March 13, 2021

    Stimulus, privilege and reparations with Dr. Paul White, PhD

    On this episode, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Dr. Paul White, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah. They discuss the potential impact of the recently passed federal stimulus package, how privilege affects public perception of the package and the case for reparations to African Americans.

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  • March 6, 2021

    Utahn Danielle Rowe talk about growing up Black in an otherwise White environment

    This episode, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by freelance photographer and storyteller Danielle Rowe, whose passion is to detail the stories of individuals and their life experiences. She recently embarked on a new project called "Black Utah" that profiles African Americans who have lived in the Beehive State for 15-20 years or more to find out what that experience has been like for them and why they now call it home.

    Check out those stories on Instagram @daniellerowephotography 

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  • February 26, 2021

    Are politics the symptom or the cure for what ails us?

    This week, Boyd Matheson, Deseret News Opinion Editor and host of Inside Sources on KSL NewsRadio joins Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee to talk about the current state of political discourse in your neighborhood and across the nation.

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  • February 19, 2021

    Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace with Sui Lang L. Panoke

    This week, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Sui Lang L. Panoke, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Utah-based Zions Bank to discuss creating diverse, welcoming spaces on the job.

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  • February 6, 2021

    Latino or Latinx with Kim Bojorquez

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, we’re joined by Kim Bojorquez, Latino communities reporter for the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau and journalist for Report for America — talking about about the use of certain language in describing people of Hispanic heritage.

     

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  • January 23, 2021

    Entering a new POTUS era with Amy and Jasen

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen discuss the beginning of a new presidential era and what to expect in the coming weeks and months from the freshly minted Joe Biden presidency.

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  • January 14, 2021

    How to get business back onboard with diversity and inclusion now that protests are over with Neelam Chand

    Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Neelam Chand, founder and CEO of Shift SLC — a diversity and inclusion consulting firm — to discuss the loss of momentum following the protests this summer to raise awareness about diversity and inclusion in the business world.

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  • January 7, 2021

    A historic moment of political turmoil in the U.S. with Jim Curry

    Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by University of Utah political science professor James Curry to discuss the historic storming of the U.S. Capitol and chaos in the final days of the Trump presidency. 

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  • January 1, 2021

    Hello 2021, and good riddance 2020

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy. Donaldson are joined by Loudmouth partner Jason Comstock to discuss what to look for in the New Year and what we won't miss about the year that was 2020.

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  • December 19, 2020

    Talking COVID-19 with Dr. Angela Dunn

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, We’re joined by Dr. Angela Dunn, Utah state epidemiologist — who’s job is to study and investigate patterns and causes of infectious diseases for the good of public health.

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  • December 12, 2020

    The looming housing affordability crisis w/ Tara Rollins

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Tara Rollins, executive director of the Utah Housing Coalition, who advocates for increased access to decent affordable housing.

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  • December 3, 2020

    Being thankful in 2020 and what Joe Biden should prioritize in 2021

    Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by colleague Jason Comstock, host of We Happy Few — a podcast about military veterans — to talk about what they're thankful for this year and what President-elect Joe Biden should put on his priority list when he takes office in January. 

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  • November 13, 2020

    Recapping Election Day 2020 with Ann Dent and Jim Curry

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason. Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by political consultant Ann Dent and Jim Curry, political science professor at the University of Utah to discuss the results of Election Day 2020.

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  • October 27, 2020

    Election Politics with Jim Curry

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Jim Curry, political science professor at the University of Utah to discuss the race for the White House, voter turnout and the potential implications of either candidate winning.

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  • October 25, 2020

    Youth Sports in an age of COVID-19

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason. we’re joined by Warren Van Schalkwyk, co-founder of the Utah Boys Volleyball Association, who is working to help kids compete safely despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • October 2, 2020

    COVID hits home in US politics

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason. Amy and Jasen are joined by friend of the show and political consultant Ann Dent to talk about the impact of the president and first lady testing positive for COVID-19, the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and whether character still matters in national politics.

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  • September 25, 2020

    Criminal justice and replacing RBG in the Supreme Court

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re joined by Edward K. Brass, SLC Defense attorney to discuss criminal justice as it relates to officer involved shootings/violence against people with mental health issues and people of color.

    We also speak with Juliet Carlisle, associate professor of political science at the University of Utah about the political implications of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing and what to expect in the coming weeks as the Trump administration looks to nominate her replacement.

     

     

     

     

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  • September 4, 2020

    Talking politics, police brutality and white supremacy with Ann Dent

    Ann Dent, political consultant and HomeSafe Coordinator for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition joins Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee on this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason. We discuss presidential politics, Jasen rants about police brutality and we chime in on white supremacy infiltrating the ranks of law enforcement nationwide.

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  • August 22, 2020

    A candidate conversation with UT GOP gubernatorial nominee Spencer Cox

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re joined by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, who is now running as the Republican candidate for Utah governor.

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  • August 16, 2020

    A candidate conversation with Utah gubernatorial hopeful Chris Peterson

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, we’re having a candidate conversation with Chris Peterson, a University of Utah law professor and democratic candidate for Utah governor.

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  • August 7, 2020

    Talking current events with fellow journalist Brittany Johnson

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re joined by Brittany Johnson, news anchor and reporter with ABC 4 News in Salt Lake City to talk about back to school in the era of COVID-19, the power of protest erupting in surburbia, a major change at one of Utah's largest news organizations and offer our thoughts about the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis.

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  • July 31, 2020

    AOC and the battle versus sexism in American politics

    Utah Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake joins Amy Donaldson and guest cohost Ann Dent, political consultant and HomeSafe Coordinator for the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition to discuss the recent controversy involving U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York and Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida and the ongoing fight against misogyny in national politics.

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  • July 25, 2020

    BYU educator Anthony Bates talks about race and U.S. civil rights history

    Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Anthony Bates, the director of the Student Connection and Leadership Center at Brigham Young University and creator of the BYU Family Home and Social Sciences Civil Rights Seminar which explores America's history regarding race and civil rights of people of color.

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  • July 10, 2020

    Special Episode: Race Relations in Utah

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee joins KSL Newsradio's Jeff Kaplan on Utah's Noon News for a discussion on Race Relations in Utah. The are joined by Chris Burbank, vice president of Law Enforcement Strategy for Center for Policing Equity; Monica Willams, assistant professor of criminal justice at Weber State University; Sara Jones, co-founder of Inclusion Pro and James Jackson III, founder of the Utah Black Chamber of Commerce.

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  • June 19, 2020

    Growing black business in Utah in a time of racial change

    With Utah and the nation in the midst of a potential racial revolution, I’m joined by Brittany Johnson, news anchor and reporter with ABC4 Utah. On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, we’ll be speaking with James Jackson III, founder the Utah Black Chamber about the growth of African American and minority businesses in the Beehive State and other issues facing communities on the issue of race.

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  • June 12, 2020

    Talking race and taking action with Paul White, PhD

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re talking with Dr. Paul White, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah about issues of race, policing ways to address social injustice. 

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  • June 3, 2020

    A conversation with Utah Black Lives Matter and SLC Police

    Black Lives Matter Utah Chapter leader and SLCPD Chief Mike Brown and Sgt. Brandon Shearer join Amy Donaldson and guest host Dr. Paul White to talk about recent local protests and what can be done to bridge the divide between law enforcement and people of color.

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  • May 28, 2020

    The challenges of being black in America

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re talking with Josh Chamberlain of Holladay, Utah, about the hazards and hardships of being African American when encountering law enforcement.

     

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  • May 22, 2020

    Erin Castro, PhD talks about bringing education to people behind bars

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason we’re talking with Erin Castro, associate professor of Higher Education at the University of Utah and co-director of the Utah Prison Education Project that supports social transformation and education equity through on-site high ed, empirical research and advocacy.

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  • May 14, 2020

    How CrossFit OUR is working to rescue children from human trafficking

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are talking with Tyson Monney and Brittney Crump with CrossFit Underground Railroad about their mission to help raise awareness about child sex trafficking through physical fitness.

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  • April 24, 2020

    Caring for patients in hospice during the coronavirus outbreak

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson talk with registered nurses Candy Kinser & Abbey Bell, along with caregiver Erin Nolte with Yarrow Hospice about caring for patients in the time of COVID-19.

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  • April 21, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Jon Huntsman Jr.

    Joining us on this episode is former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and his running mate Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi.

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  • April 11, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Greg Hughes

    This week, we’re continuing our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. Joining us on this episode is Republican former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Greg Hughes.

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  • April 11, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Thomas Wright and Rob Bishop

    We’re continuing our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. Joining us on this episode are former Utah Republican Party chairman Thomas Wright and his running mate U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT).

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  • April 11, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Deidre Henderson

    We’re continuing our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. We’re extending invitations to all the candidates for governor and their running mates for lieutenant governor to be on the podcast to discuss their policy positions and why they are the best choice to lead the state’s government.

    Joining us on this episode is Republican Utah state Senator Deidre Henderson who is the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

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  • April 11, 2020

    How small businesses are surviving the coronavirus crisis

    Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are speaking with John Saltas, founder of Salt Lake City Weekly and restauranteur Heather Santi about the impact COVID-19 is have on small business.

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  • April 8, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Jason Christensen

    This week, we’re continuing our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. We’re extending invitations to all the candidates for governor and their running mates for lieutenant governor to be on the podcast to discuss their policy positions and why they are the best choice to lead the state’s government.

    Joining us this week are Republicans Jason Christensen and his running mate Drew Chamberlain.

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  • April 8, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Jan Garbett and Dr. Joe Jarvis

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson continue our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. We’re extending invitations to all the candidates for governor and their running mates for lieutenant governor to be on the podcast to discuss their policy positions and why they are the best choice to lead the state’s government.

     

    Joining us this week are Republicans Jan Garbett, a Utah businesswoman and her running mate Dr. Joseph Jarvis, founder of the Utah Health Policy Project.

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  • April 3, 2020

    Amy D talks to a COVID-19 patient

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson speak with Salt Lake City Councilman Dan Dugan who recently tested positive for COVID-19 following trip to Washington D.C. He talks about his experience and what steps he thinks could help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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  • April 3, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Jeff Burningham & Dan McCay

    This week, we’re continuing our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s Republican gubernatorial convention coming up on April 25th. We’re extending invitations to all the candidates for governor and their running mates for lieutenant governor to be on the podcast to discuss their policy positions and why they are the best choice to lead the state’s government.

    Joining us this week are Republicans Jeff Burningham, a Utah businessman and his running mate, state Senator Dan McCay.

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  • April 3, 2020

    A Candidate Conversation with Aimee Winder Newton and John Dougall

    This week, we’re launching the first of our Candidate Conversation series for Utah’s gubernatorial GOP convention coming up on April 25th. We’re extending invitations to all the candidates and their running mates for lieutenant governor to be on the podcast and discuss their policy positions and why they are the best choice to lead the state’s government.

    Joining us this week are Republicans Salt Lake County councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton and her running mate, Utah State Auditor John Dougall.

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  • March 20, 2020

    Coronavirus and earthquakes

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking coronavirus, earthquakes and a little bit of politics.

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  • March 14, 2020

    The economic impact of coronavirus

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee welcome Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and member of the Utah Coronavirus Task Force to talk about the potential economic impact of the current global pandemic. 

    If you live in Utah and you're worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707. Outside of Utah, visit the Centers for Disease Control website or call 1-800-232-4636.

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  • March 4, 2020

    Amy and Jasen debate Dems and the next big health scare

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee debate (civilly, of course) the impending fate of the Democratic race to the nomination for President of the United States, and whether the coronavirus is the eminent threat to human existence as it's being made out to be.

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  • February 28, 2020

    Disconnecting the school to prison pipeline

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is speaking with Anthony Nocella, sociologist and Asst. Professor in the Dept. of Criminal Justice at Salt Lake Community College and director of Save the Kids - national nonprofit dedicated to ending incarnation of youth and the school to prison pipeline.

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  • February 22, 2020

    A conversation with Utah Rep. Sandra Hollins - Utah's first black woman lawmaker

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson sit down with Utah Rep. Sandra Hollins, (D-Salt Lake) — the state's first-ever black woman legislator.

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  • February 14, 2020

    How black history is quintessentially American history

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking about historical contributions of African Americans with Utah historian Rev. France Davis and Adrienne Andrews, Asst. Vice President for Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at Weber State University.

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  • February 8, 2020

    Working to stem the tide of domestic violence and suicide

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee speaks with Jennifer Oxborrow, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Carrie Butler, policy director with Action Utah — who are working on proposed legislation to prevent domestic violence and suicide in Utah.

    ***If you need you are in crisis and need resources, call 800-799-7233 [National Domestic Violence Hotline]; 800-273-8255 [National Suicide Prevention Lifeline]***

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  • January 29, 2020

    Impeachment & the Trump Presidency

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson we are talking impeachment with University of Utah political science professor James Curry.

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  • January 23, 2020

    A proposed Utah law would force clergy to report child abuse

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson we are talking about morality and the sanctity of the confessional with Utah state Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, who is proposing a bill to force clergy to report child abuse.

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  • January 16, 2020

    Bonus - Tax referendum

    On this bonus episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson we are talking about a Utah Tax Bill that causing some controversy in the Beehive State. Joining us are Paul Murphy, spokesperson for a grass-roots tax referendum effort, Marci Campbell, organizer and concerned citizen for the referendum; and joining us on the phone is state Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross who supports the tax bill is under scrutiny.

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  • January 16, 2020

    Tax Referendum

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson we are talking about a Utah Tax Bill that causing some controversy in the Beehive State. Joining us are Paul Murphy, spokesperson for a grass-roots tax referendum effort, Marci Campbell, organizer and concerned citizen for the referendum; and joining us on the phone is state Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross who supports the tax bill is under scrutiny.

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  • January 10, 2020

    Escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S.

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking to former military intelligence specialists Frank DeVito and Levi Lee about the potential ramifications of the increasing tensions between the United States and Iran.

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  • January 2, 2020

    Predictions & Wishes for 2020

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss their hopes and dreams for the New Year in politics and life.

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  • December 19, 2019

    Who would reject millions of dollars in tax cuts?

    Just a few days after the Utah Legislature passed what some called the largest tax break in Utah history (an estimated $249 million, including $88 million in one-time breaks), a former legislator launched a referendum effort hoping to repeal the tax overhaul.

    The effort, launched by former legislator Fred Cox, brought an eclectic group of collaborators together in hopes of securing the necessary 116,000 signatures by Jan. 21, 2020. If successful, the referendum would go on the general ballot in November, and it would be taxpayers who decide whether or not the cuts would go into effect. 

    In this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and guest co-host Jason Comstock talk with former Libertarian Senate candidate Craig Bowden, who is one of the coordinators of the effort, about how the effort will work and why he wanted to be a part of it.

    For more information on the referendum go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/581838375980007/

    For more information on the tax bill passed on Dec. 12 go to:

    https://senate.utah.gov/majority-newsroom/2019/12/12/ss

     

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  • December 12, 2019

    Accessing Healthcare vs. Insurance

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking to Josh Christensen, doctor of chiropractic about the issue of accessing healthcare through health insurance.

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  • November 27, 2019

    Myles Garrett, Dems Debate, Impeachment & the Value of Civil Discourse

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the NFL's latest on-field controversy, the Democratic debate, impeachment proceedings and the evolution of civil discourse. 

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  • November 20, 2019

    When Your Heart Attacks!

    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss the experience of having a heart attack with guest Rich Koenig. Jasen and Rich share their personal stories and Amy relates the experiences of her father, Dan, who suffered three in about a week and is still kicking!

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  • November 11, 2019

    Bonus: More politics and race with Burgess Owens & Paul White

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  • November 11, 2019

    Amy and Jasen talk politics and race with Burgess Owens & Paul White

    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss politics and race with conservative African American commentator and congressional candidate Burgess Owens and University of Utah social psychology professor Paul White.

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  • October 29, 2019

    Candidate Conversation with SLC Mayoral Candidates, Pt. 2

    This is a special two-part Candidate Conversation focusing on the Salt Lake Mayoral race. Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall join Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson to discuss their backgrounds, their families, and what issues they feel are most pressing for Utah's capital city.

    In part one, we get to know Sen. Escamilla and Councilwoman Mendenhall and some of their top priorities for the city they love. In part two, the conversation continues with a deep dive on the issues that most concern them and more on who they are as people and how they deal with the pressures of public service and raising families.

    Luz Escamilla's website: https://www.luzformayor.com

    Erin Mendenhall's website: https://erinmendenhall.com

     

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  • October 24, 2019

    Candidate Conversation with SLC Mayoral Candidates, Part. 1

    This is a special two-part Candidate Conversation focusing on the Salt Lake Mayoral race. Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla and Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall join Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson to discuss their backgrounds, their families, and what issues they feel are most pressing for Utah's capital city.

    In part one, we get to know Sen. Escamilla and Councilwoman Mendenhall and some of their top priorities for the city they love. In part two, the conversation continues with a deep dive on the issues that most concern them and more on who they are as people and how they deal with the pressures of public service and raising families.

    Luz Escamilla's website: https://www.luzformayor.com

    Erin Mendenhall's website: https://erinmendenhall.com

     

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  • October 17, 2019

    Ellen, the Dems on LGBTQ issues and religious freedom

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson we are talking Deseret News award-winning national religion reporter Kelsey Dallas about the controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres watching a football game with her friend George W. Bush and the conflict it caused within the LGBTQ community and public at-large. Also, we discuss religious freedom and the recent nationally televised forum on focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

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  • October 11, 2019

    Fruit of the poisonous tree

    Congressman Ben McAdams and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) collaborated on a bill that seeks to better protect victims of investment fraud by giving the SEC more time to recover stolen money. In this episode, Rep. McAdams discusses why he and Huizenga decided to join together to change the law and how a 2017 Supreme Court decision meant victims lost out on billions of dollars that the SEC wasn't allowed to recover. He discusses why it has bipartisan support and how the looming impeachment inquiry might impact this and other bills that Congress hopes to pass in the next few months.

    “U.S. capital markets are the envy of the world," McAdams said in a press release. "They promote job growth and economic opportunity.  But they only work to the extent that investors have faith that bad actors cannot profit off wrongdoing.  This legislation extends the time for the Securities and Exchange Commission to get back money from white collar criminals who prey on innocent investors and steal millions to enrich themselves. Those who commit fraud should not profit from their crimes and this bill helps ensure that victims recover what was stolen from them." 

    Huizenga added, "The latest report from the SEC found that more than $900 million in money swindled from investors through fraudulent activity is unable to be recovered because of a 2017 Supreme Court decision. White collar criminals must be held accountable for their behavior and the SEC must have the necessary tools to recover the losses suffered by Main Street investors. H.R. 4344 helps solve this problem by striking a delicate balance that allows the SEC more time to recover the money that was scammed from hardworking Americans. I am glad to see this bipartisan bill pass committee with strong support."

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  • October 4, 2019

    How will California's new 'pay to play' law change college athletics?

    In this episode of Voices of Reason, host Amy Donaldson leads a discussion about a newly signed California law that allows college athletes to be paid for endorsement or sponsorship deals and how it could change the landscape of college sports. Former Utah football punter Tom Hackett, former Utah and NFL linebacker Stevenson "Sly" Sylvester, NFL agent Evan Brennan, who is based in California, and Deseret News in-depth journalist Ethan Bauer discuss the reasons for the change, why it's a positive thing for some athletes, how it could adversely affect college athletics and individual athletes, and how it will continue to change the college sports landscape, especially college football. 

    Here is the story Ethan Bauer wrote for the Deseret News about a week before the law was signed by California's governor. https://www.deseret.com/indepth/2019/9/19/20871318/college-athletes-paid-for-their-names-and-images-college-sports-terrelle-pryor-tattoogate

     

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  • September 24, 2019

    Why is workplace diversity and inclusion so important - and so difficult to achieve?

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking about diversity and inclusion in the workplace with Sara Jones, founder & CEO of InclusionPro, which helps executives build inclusion and diversity at their companies and Olga Stoddard, assistant professor of Economics at Brigham Young University and senior research associate with the Science of Diversity Initiative — a collaboration of researchers and practitioners in the field of diversity.

     

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  • September 17, 2019

    Suicide: A heartbreaking, complex problem that we should talk about openly

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss the complexities of suicide with Phillip Osteen, associate professor of Social Work and director of the Social Research Institute at the University of Utah. What are the signs that someone is in distress? What should you do if someone comes to you with thoughts of suicide? And why does it matter that we talk about a painful subject even more?

    If you're struggling with hopelessness and depression or know someone who is, the National Suicide Hotline can help - 24/7 - 1-800-273-8255. Reach out for help.

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  • September 13, 2019

    VOR - Paul White

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee we are talking to Paul White, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah about health insurance and healthcare, President Trump's Bahama policy and civil dialogue.

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  • September 3, 2019

    VOR - SLC Airport Final

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are talking to Bill Wyatt, executive director of Airports for Salt Lake City and Mike Williams, program director for the Airport Redevelopment at Salt Lake City International Airport which is undergoing a $3.6 billion dollar redevelopment that will result in state of the art facility aimed at providing optimal traveler safety and transportation efficiency.

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  • August 20, 2019

    VOR - Making of Cold Final

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson talk to Dave Cawley, creator and host of the award-winning podcast COLD about the global success of his epic first season and what he hopes to accomplish in developing the season two. 

     

     

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  • August 13, 2019

    What to do about mass shootings

    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss the nation's ongoing issue of mass shootings and role guns play. How do we address it? Through legislation or through social means? Joining us are former law enforcement officer Chris Gebhardt and firearms instructor Jon Smith.   

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  • August 9, 2019

    A conversation with Ken Armstrong, Libertarian Candidate for POTUS

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are talking to Ken Armstrong, the former NATO commander and U.S. Consul representative now running for President as a Libertarian. He is in Salt Lake City on what he’s calling "The Healing Tour." For more information on the campaign, visit http://www.armstrong2020.com/.

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  • July 30, 2019

    Issues Facing the LGTBQ+ Community

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are talking to Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah and Marina Gomberg, columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune about LGBTQ+ issues.

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  • July 23, 2019

    Preparing children for education early on

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee I’m talking to Kim Fischer, public relations manager for Waterford Upstart and Crissy Boss, Waterford Upstart parent. It’s a program that helps kids get ready for kindergarten. [waterfordupstart.org]

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  • July 16, 2019

    What America's Hispanic/Latinx really cares about

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are discussing race — but this time we’re talking to people of Hispanic and Latinx descent about the issues that truly affect them. Joining us are Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz, cohosts of the awarding podcast KSL Cafecito.

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  • July 9, 2019

    The Dems debate, SCOTUS citizenship ruling, talking about race, and Trump's visit to North Korea

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are discussing race — and why it’s so hard to talk about, the Dems debate — winners and losers, was the citizenship question racist, and President Trump’s historic visit to North Korea.

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  • June 25, 2019

    How police trust in the public shapes police behavior

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee discuss community policing with Chris Burbank, Vice President of Center for Policing Equity, Christina Judd, director of communications for Salt Lake City Police Dept. and SLCPD Lt. Scott Mourtgos, a University of Utah PhD candidate whose research focuses on the police-public relationship from the police perspective.

    [The Overlooked Perspective of Police Trust in the Public: Measurement and Effects on Police Job Behaviors]

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  • June 18, 2019

    How spoilers have become a thing with Richard Greene and Rachel Robison-Greene

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee discusses spoilers with Richard Greene, a philosophy professor at Weber State University and author of the book, “Spoiler Alert, it’s book about the philosophy of spoilers” and Rachel Robison-Greene, professor of philosophy at Utah State University. Sitting in as cohost is Josh Tilton, producer with KSL Newsradio.com and the handsomest and most talented millennial I know.

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  • June 4, 2019

    Improving the relationship between the police and the public

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee discusses community policing with former Salt Lake City police chief Chris Burbank — who is currently the vice president for strategic partnerships for the Center for Policing Equity.

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  • May 29, 2019

    Understanding the value of workplace inclusion and diversity

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Joining us are Sara Jones and Shawn Newell who are collaborators in the Inclusion Experience Project — which helps conduct authentic conversations in the workplace.

    The Inclusion Experience Project will function as a series of unique and intentionally designed learning Experiences aimed to elevate the consciousness of leaders for the purpose of driving trust, stimulating growth and building a culture of inclusivity in the workplace.

    Utah Business and Living Color Utah are pleased to present the first-annual Living Color Gala on August 21, 2019 — a night to honor those who have made it their mission to attract and foster diversity initiatives in the state of Utah.

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  • May 21, 2019

    The impact of youth mentoring

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the positive impacts of mentoring for school-age youth. Joining us are Apollo Burgamy, volunteer and alumni coordinator with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah, Big Sister mentor Randi Cleverley and mentee Lilly, a 10-year old forth grader who joined the program a year ago hoping to make a new friend.

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  • May 14, 2019

    The FBI details the Threat of Domestic Terrorism

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the ongoing threat of domestic terrorism with Supervisory Special Agent Karl Schmae who covers national security, specifically our Domestic Terrorism branch.

    To report possible terrorism call the FBI Salt Lake Office (801) 579-1400 or submit a tip online: https://www.fbi.gov/tips (tips.fbi.gov)

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  • May 7, 2019

    Teaching the history of racism with Prof. Dale Cressman

    On this episode of The Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss race and U.S. history with Dale Cressman, associate professor of Communications at Brigham Young University who teaches media history and journalism and is associate director of student learning (includes assessment and diversity), along with special guest Rebecca Cressman, midday host on FM 100 in SLC and former news reporter.

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  • April 30, 2019

    Balancing the U.S. Budget with Rep. Ben McAdams

    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk to Fourth District Congressman Ben McAdams, D-UT about his proposed constitutional amendment to force congress to balance the national budget. We also discuss the impact of the nation's growing national debt, increasing deficit spending and the impact all the red-line expenses will have on the U.S. economy today and in the years ahead.

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  • April 23, 2019

    How family dynamics shape individual development

    On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is joined by KSL Cafecito cohosts Xoel Cardenas and Yvette Cruz to discuss how varying parental dynamics shape individual development within families. Joining the discussion is Paul Schvaneveldt, professor of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University. 

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