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Examining the sociology and science of neurodiversity

7/4/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson learn about the science of neurodiversity — a concept where neurological differences are recognized and respected as any other human variation. Differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum and Tourette Syndrome, among others. Our guests are Valerie D'Astous, Ph.D., program director for the Utah Neurodiversity Program at...

Duration:00:38:54

Amy & Jasen discuss the matter of maintaining civility

6/27/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy and Jasen talk about one of their founding principles — civility in the face of differing points of view. In the wake of Sarah Huckabee Sanders being asked to leave a restaurant and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA calling on people to heckle those you may disagree with as exhibited at a another eatery where Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was dining, we debate the virtues of taking the 'high road' versus fighting venom with...

Duration:00:37:32

The ABCs of Financial Literacy

6/20/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Heather Kelly, host of the Money Making Sense podcast. Heather offers information on how to become a responsible money manager saving as little as $5 a week. The trio also shares their individual experiences on developing good spending, saving and credit habits. [Note: Due to technical difficulties, the episode audio begins after the conversation initially is underway with Amy discussing how her...

Duration:00:35:07

What not to say: the Cost of Free Speech and Puerto Rico

6/13/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss the high cost of celebrity tweeting, clamping down on free speech in the NFL and the devastation still affecting the people of Puerto Rico.

Duration:00:43:52

Should news media name individuals who commit mass shootings?

6/6/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson is joined by Ethan Millard, co-host of the Nightside Project podcast, KSL Newsradio.com digital content producer Becky Bruce, as well as Bill Allred, host of the Let's Go Eat Show podcast and co-host of Radio from Hell on X96 (KXRX FM) in Salt Lake City. They have a spirited discussion on whether mass shooters should be named by the news media and what impact doing so has had in recent years as such incidents have...

Duration:00:40:07

Getting more women and girls in business and STEM fields

5/30/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee speaks with Sara Jones and Cydni Tetro, co-founders of Women Tech Council and successful entrepreneurs in their own right. Recording from Silicon Slopes in Lehi, Utah, we discuss the increasing profile women are building in the world of business as well as science, math, engineering and technology fields, along with ways young women can find their place in those generally male-dominated sectors.

Duration:00:36:52

How two teen athletes turn 'ugly' moment into forgiveness and understanding

5/23/2018
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Recently, two high school baseball players got into an altercation when one teen used a racial epithet during the heat of a game toward a fellow competitor. That episode launched a firestorm of reaction from both players, the teams and from school administrators. While the confrontation was sparked by anger, the eventual outcome was the result of two young men showing how contrition and forgiveness can lead to understanding and mutual respect. On this episode of the Voices of Reason...

Duration:00:42:17

The Politics of the New U.S. Embassy in the Holy Land

5/22/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the impact of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While supporters lauded the move as recognition of the city's historic importance to the Jewish majority, critics claimed it would become an impediment to brokering a possible peace agreement with the Palestinian minority. Joining the discussion are University of Utah law professor Amos Guiora, who is an Israeli citizen and...

Duration:00:44:18

Dark money in politics

5/16/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the pros and cons of money in politics — particularly since the landmark Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allowed unlimited, anonymous contributions from corporations and Super Political Action Committees. Joining us are Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler R-Bountiful and Utah State Auditor John Dougall who offer differing points of view on the controversial issue.

Duration:00:43:33

Discussing the issue of domestic violence with Attorney Steve Burton

5/9/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the issue of domestic violence with defense attorney Steve Burton with Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Legal. We discuss the complexities of domestic violence cases and how they are not always what they may seem.

Duration:00:41:06

The role comedy plays in politics with Jay Whittaker

5/3/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the role comedy plays in discussing politics in America. From the annual White Correspondents Dinner to the various night time talks shows, comedy is weaved into the fabric of the nation's consume political discourse. While it may sometimes make people uncomfortable, it's become an important component to how we discuss important political issues today. Join us as we take a deep and humorous dive into the...

Duration:00:44:48

Amy and Jasen discuss journalistic ethics and calling police in coffee shops

4/25/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss Fox News host Sean Hannity's conflict of ethics and why white people call police on black people. We take an in-depth look at what motivate people to behave the way they do and the consequences of those decisions.

Duration:00:39:25

The real faces of the American DREAM

4/18/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk to two University of Utah students are were brought to the United States by their parents as small children and have lived their lives in the shadows, yet in plain sight. Paco and Miguel tell their compelling stories of what it's like to live in a country that tacitly acknowledges their families' existence, but doesn't see them as people deserving of citizenship and the rights that come with it.

Duration:00:47:36

Tackling the DACA immigration issue with attorney Carlos Navarro

4/11/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee revisit the immigration issue in the wake of President Donald Trump's edict to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. Joining us is Utah immigration lawyer Carlos Navarro with the Salt Lake City law firm of Stowell, Crayk and Bown. He offers insights on the matter and we discuss where the immigration debate may head in the coming months.

Duration:00:36:02

VOR Community Conversation School Safety - Pt. 2

4/4/2018
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ON this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast. Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson continue their discussion on school safety in front a live studio audience at KSL Broadcast House in downtown Salt Lake City. On part two, we’re joined by Greg Hughes, Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, whose served as a policymaker for 16 years; Kierstin Draper, principal of Canyon View Elementary School, who has experience with school violence in Texas and is a veteran administrator; and Salt Lake...

Duration:00:38:56

VOR Community Conversation: School Safety - Pt. 1

4/2/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee host the inaugural VOR Community Conversation in front of a live studio audience at KSL Broadcast House in downtown Salt Lake City on the topic of safety in schools. The discussion will be two parts. In the first episode, we’re joined by Kathy Howa, a teacher and at Rowland Hall — a private school in Salt Lake City; Elizabeth Love, a senior at West High School in Salt Lake who is an organizer for the March for...

Duration:00:38:13

How employers and employees benefit from on-site mental health services

3/22/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and guest host Ethan Millard (Nightside Project) talk about the impact of providing mental health services to employees as part of on-site employer healthcare. Joining the discussion are Dr. Donna Milavetz, founder of OnSite Healthcare, a Utah company that operates workplace medical clinics providing “primary care at work” for employers in Utah and Arizona; Kevin Ricklefs, ‎Senior Vice President of Talent Management at CHG...

Duration:00:27:48

What Can Be Done To Make Schools Safer?

3/16/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee consider the issue of school safety in the wake of the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Joining the discussion are former police officer Mike Roe and high school teacher Brian Preece. They examine the notion of arming teachers and developing safety standards such as active shooter drills, among others. As nearly one million students participated in a National Walkout of School Day to demonstrate for...

Duration:00:40:52

Examining the system of monetary bail in criminal justice

3/14/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the structure of the pre-trial supervision system, otherwise known as bail and how the current model impacts people arrested and charged with criminal offenses. They talk with Utah Third District Court Judge Todd Shaunessy and renown Utah criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Greg Skordas discussing new reforms under consideration to help address inherent flaws in the system and how it can be...

Duration:00:43:25

The Life Saving Gift of Organ Donation

3/7/2018
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee discusses the issue of organ donation with Alex McDonald of Intermountain Donor Services, heart transplant recipient Claire Larsen, and donor parent Kim Kay. They talk about the circumstances surrounding organ donation and the impact it has on the lives of those individuals and families involved, both recipients and donors.

Duration:00:36:24