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Interview with Debby Irving, author or Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race

12/12/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by noted writer and racial justice educator Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. They discuss various issues surrounding growing up and experiencing life through a 'colorblind' lens and then realizing the stark differences of living life in America as a black, brown or other minority people. Debby explains how a well-intentioned program like the G.I. Bill was...

Duration: 00:42:14


VIDEO: Waking Up White, Part 2

12/12/2017
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VIDEO: Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by noted writer and racial justice educator Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. They discuss various issues surrounding growing up and experiencing life through a 'colorblind' lens and then realizing the stark differences of living life in America as black, brown or other minority people. Debby explains how a well-intentioned program like the G.I. Bill was developed to help returning military...

Duration: 00:20:48


VIDEO: Waking Up White, Part 1

12/12/2017
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VIDEO: On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by noted writer and racial justice educator Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race. They discuss various issues surrounding growing up and experiencing life through a 'colorblind' lens and then realizing the stark differences of living life in America as black, brown or other minority people. Debby explains how a well-intentioned program like the G.I. Bill...

Duration: 00:21:24


Examining White Privilege

11/28/2017
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On this episode of the Voices or Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about privilege with Utah attorney Steve Hill and Deseret News Jazz Beat writer Eric Woodyard. The discussion offers four different perspectives about how people move through life based on their perceived standing in society.

Duration: 00:43:39


The Psychology of Supporting Political Candidates like Judge Roy Moore

11/21/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss how people stand behind candidates who display or have displayed highly questionable moral character. The debate stems from the controversial candidacy of Judge Roy Moore, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama. He has been accused by numerous women of inappropriate sexual conduct with underage girls when he was in his 30's. Despite the allegations, Moore has steadfastly denied some of the...

Duration: 00:34:19


Myths about sexual harassment

11/14/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason Podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss myths about sexual assault victims and why some victims don’t report their experiences. Joining us are Bethany Warr, an attorney with the Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic and her client Brieanne Van De Graaff. When many people, mostly women, become victims of sexual violence or sexual harassment, they are often stunned to find themselves in such a powerless situation. There is also the feeling of shame...

Duration: 00:43:14


Introducing the United Front Party

11/7/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee sits down with Lex Scott, founder of the United Front Party — a civil rights organization focused on ending the oppression of African Americans. A long-time Utahn, Scott talks about her struggles growing up as a mixed-race student in a white Salt Lake City high school and how those experiences of bullying shaped her desire to stand up for the rights of oppressed people in adulthood. Today, she leads a growing civil rights...

Duration: 00:32:40


Meet Amy's Parents

10/31/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Amy's parents, Jean and Dan Donaldson, who were in town visiting from Alaska. We talked with them about some of the hot-button issues in the news over the past few months. The discussion offered a lot of insight on what has helped shape Amy's views on society. Suffice it to say, they are both smart, thoughtful people with surprisingly divergent views on some topics — and yet they've managed to stay...

Duration: 00:39:03


Redistricting and gerrymandering: how parties control the election process

10/24/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss redistricting (gerrymandering) and how the process has helped Democrats and Republicans control the election process in states across the nation. Federal law defines redistricting as refining congressional district lines every 10 years (using census data) as community demographics shift or change. However, for decades, majority parties in almost every state have redrawn district maps to favor their own...

Duration: 00:35:10


Debating the Issues of guns and gun rights in society

10/18/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss gun rights and the firearm culture in American society. Joining us are Utah guns rights advocate and lobbyist Clark Aposhian and Ed Rutan, a board member with the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah. In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, we take a deeper dive into what measures could be considered to address the issue of gun violence prevailing across the country, which claims around...

Duration: 00:42:00


Can Third Party candidates be viable in today's American politics?

10/10/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the viability of third-party candidates into today's American political system. Joining us is Craig Bowden, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Utah. We discuss the challenges the current two-party system has created and resulted in widespread voter and electorate dissatisfaction. The corrupting influence of big money in American politics and what, if anything, can be done to change the system...

Duration: 00:37:30


Approaching potentially contentious dialogue at work

10/3/2017
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In this time of polarizing political attitudes, having conversations in the workplace can be potentially dangerous. Colleagues run the risk of engaging in a contentious debate that could get them in trouble with their employer and possibly even worse if the conversation crosses into harassment or discriminatory behavior. On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee discusses the rules and legal standards for having such dialogues with Ryan Nelson, Utah president of the...

Duration: 00:27:30


Facing the realities of military service and post-traumatic stress disorder

9/26/2017
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Until relatively recently, military veterans who came home from combat had few resources in dealing with the long-term psychological impacts of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Many suffered in silence or lacked a proper diagnosis for the emotional turmoil they felt after their return to civilian life. Some battled depression, anxiety and even contemplated suicide or took their own lives after being consumed and overwhelmed with lingering effects of their experiences surrounded by...

Duration: 00:36:25


NFL Protests and the Roots of Patriotism

9/14/2017
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As the 2017-18 pro football season gets underway in America, it has been marked by player demonstrations, lower TV ratings and criticism from some fans who are offended by athletes not standing for the national anthem prior to kickoff. This trend started last season when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced he would kneel during the anthem to raise awareness about police violence against African Americans. Since then, other players have taken up the mantle of...

Duration: 00:32:05


Prejudice or racism

9/6/2017
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On this episode of the Voices off Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the difference between prejudice and racism — and how language and words matter so much in today’s society. Joining us is Dr. Paul White, associate professor of Social Psychology at the University of Utah who offer perspective on how people use language, sometimes mistakenly, in describing intergroup relations. From police interactions, workplace relations or interpersonal relationships, society has a...

Duration: 00:32:42


Talking protesting with a military veteran

8/30/2017
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For some, athletes taking a knee or demonstrating during the national anthem is offensive. Critics contend kneeling is disrespectful to the flag and the military. But is it? On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the issues of protesting and patriotism with U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard veteran Jason Comstock. We exchange ideas on what the flag means and if athletes like Colin Kaepernick are being disrespectful when they take a knee...

Duration: 00:35:21


Bonus Episode: Protest Monologue

8/25/2017
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Last season San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sparked controversy by announcing that he’d take a knee during the national anthem before the start of every game to bring attention to police violence occurring primarily against African Americans across the country. Since his initial effort, scores of other players in football and other sports from the pro level down through high school have joined in. On this bonus episode of the Voices of Reason podcast Jasen Lee takes aim at what it...

Duration: 00:04:46


Discussing Racism

8/14/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason Podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee have a spirited discussion about the perceptions of race in America in the wake of deadly violence in Virginia, as well as the use of racial descriptors in the naming of features meant to honor someone. On Aug. 12, violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA as hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members — conducting what they called a “take America back” rally — clashed with counter-protesters...

Duration: 00:32:45


Demystifying healthcare

7/10/2017
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The debate on healthcare in America has been a controversial and hotly discussed topic. But it is also among the least understood and complicated issues facing American society and states nationwide. On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee talks to with Dr. Donna Milavetz, a board certified internal medicine physician with a master’s degree in public health. She also the founder and CEO of OnSite Care, a company that operates workplace medical clinics that provide...

Duration: 00:36:09


Police Training and Implicit Bias

6/26/2017
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On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee discusses the affects of implicit bias and training methods on community policing with Maj. Scott Stephenson, director of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for Utah Dept. of Public Safety, along with Lt. Wade Bruer, bureau chief of basic training for POST. Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect an individual's understanding, actions and decision making in an unconscious manner. Each of these...

Duration: 00:28:12

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