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A Woman's View with Amanda Dickson

Amanda Dickson on the weekends? Oh yeah. News, politics, education, health, and family are all fair game for Amanda's panel of fascinating Utah women. Whether they're talking about their kids or discussing the big business headlines, these ladies have a unique voice all their own. Join the conversation.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

  • Is expressing anger or rage a good thing?
    Is encouraging women - or anyone - to express their anger a good thing, or does that just produce more anger and rage or possibly depression? Amanda Dickson asks her guests about women expressing anger or even rage. Hospice Chaplain Shantel McBride: "I think it's important in the grief process to express your anger- even at God. It's important to write it down sometimes, read it out loud, and then burn it. Now they have places where you can go and throw plates. Now there is research that if you don't express anger it will manifest physically. And if we bottle it up we take it out on the people we love." Mindset and relationship development coach Kristin Sokol: "I'm a relationship development coach. One of the reasons people are bad at relationships is people are bad at expressing their fee
  • "It's all about the base. Nobody likes the way that feels!"
    Where does the anger go in this year's election? Which side is more motivated by the Kavanaugh hearings? Is it even anger that motivates us to cast our vote this year? Amanda Dickson asks her guests how they view the anger in this year's election. Former Utah State Representative Ronda Menlove: "What I'm both fascinated by is how much the Kavanaugh hearings are energizing women. When the election is over, I can't wait to see if more women actually voted. We know more women are running this year." Mindset and relationship development coach Kristin Sokol: "Our current political environment is all about the base. There is no middle, but nobody likes the way that feels. We were talking about Taylor Swift and her encouraging her followers to register to vote. If we could get more moderates to r
  • Parents - how do you do the sex talk?
    A BYU researcher says the "sex talk" shouldn't be just a one time thing. Even when your child says he or she doesn't want to talk about sex, they do. Amanda Dickson asked her guests for their wisdom about this delicate subject. Former Representative and Utah State University Professor Ronda Menlove: "Our children are all different. Some asked questions at a very young age more than others. It was easier to talk to my daughters, I found. My parents didn't talk to me. I talked to my kids a little, and my kids are more open with their kids." Mindset and relationship development coach Kristin Sokol: "We were at stake conference and my 7-year-old saw a cute baby and asked me, 'How do babies get here?' I leaned over and told her. Just like that. No big deal. And then with my 13-year-old, I felt

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • Utah's First Lady on teaching kids resilience
    Amanda Dickson welcomes Utah's First Lady, Mrs. Jeanette Herbert, to the program today for a special edition of a Woman's View on conference weekend. Mrs. Herbert held her seventh Parenting Conference recently and the theme of the conference was resilience. Mrs. Herbert talked about the importance of teaching kids to work, the importance of a work ethic. She talked about how much she admires the Lieutenant Governor so much, how they moved to a family farm so that the children would all learn to do their chores on the farm. "We want to make life easy for our kids, but that isn't always the best thing for our kids." Senator Ben Sasse wrote a book on this topic that both Amanda and Mrs. Herbert enjoyed entitled "The Vanishing American Adult."    
  • Sunday dinners at the Governor's House
    Amanda Dickson welcomes Utah's First Lady to a Woman's View on this special conference Sunday. Mrs. Herbert tells us more about a website she has developed as a tool for parents - www.UpliftFamilies.org. When she ran her care center, people would come in and ask for help on various topics. She now has vetted all of these resources so that parents can find information on everything from ADHD to toddlers screaming to suicide to disabilities to drug to you name it. It's a new era for parents now than it was when Mrs. Herbert raised her children, but bonding with your kids was key then and now. "Bonding at dinner is the perfect time." Mrs. Herbert has a big family dinner with nearly 30 people every Sunday. They sit for an hour after dinner nearly every week and have wonderful conversations. Mr

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • BONUS: We're on the verge with Alzheimer's Research
    This bonus episode of A Woman's View is an interview I had the opportunity of conducting with Dr. Keith Fargo who is in town for a conference. He is the Director of Scientific Programs and Research for the Alzheimer's Research. He said we are in a good place with research. Congress has allocated money to research that we have never seen before. He believes it is more likely than not that the first person who will survive Alzheimer's is alive today. It feels like we are on the verge of halting Alzheimer's. Early diagnosis is critical. He shares things we can do to keep Alzheimer's at bay and things we can do to help in the fight against this disease which is the 4th leading cause of death in Utah.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

  • "I thought she was lying until I saw her testify before the Senate."
    The hearing in which Professor Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee is taking place as A Woman's View taped on Thursday of this week. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they thought with what they had a chance to hear. Karen Meacham is a member of the Pioneer Park Coalition and author of Take Charge and Mentoring 101: "She was terrified. My thoughts went out to her. She had a difficult time, but she is obviously a brilliant woman. She handled herself exceptionally well." Kelsey Witt is the Communications Director of the Sutherland Institute: "I thought she was lying after I saw Judge Kavanaugh speak on Fox until this morning. I thought that woman is not lying. I believe her completely. I think he has no recollection
  • There's always a common thread - and it's alcohol.
    Amanda Dickson asks her guests on A Woman's View - how important is character, once questioned, to whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be the next Supreme Court Justice? Kelsey Witt is the Communications Director with the Sutherland Institute: "It's so vital. We can look at the nature of what's happening right now having a president whose character is questioned and what it's doing to the nation as a whole." Karen Meacham is a member of the Pioneer Park Coalition and author of Take Charge: "This is a tough one. We've had so many in the recent past who, later on, have been proven to not be who they said they were. I think that as a nation we're a little gun shy. We'd like people to actually be who they say they are. This position on the Supreme Court is the swing vote and likely will be fo
  • Trmp anxiety disorder - say what?
    Amanda Dickson asked her guests this week on a Woman's View about President Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly. In the beginning of the speech, he was sort of bragging about how great his administration has been, and the room laughed. Later in a press conference, he said they weren't laughing at him, they were laughing with him. Kelsey Witt is the Communications Director with the Sutherland Institute: "President Trump - humility is not a strong suit of his at all. I'm certain he was embarrassed. He was uncomfortable. It was certainly insulting to our country." Karen Meacham is a member of the Pioneer Park Coalition and author of Take Charge: "I travel to Canada quite often. They are laughing. They laugh at Trump every single day. They do not see him as a credible leader at all. Kell
  • Do you cringe or cheer Christmas creep?
    Amanda Dickson asked her guests on A Woman's View if they have an opinion about whether stores or people should display anything Christmas at this time of year. What do they think of Christmas Creep? Kelly Passey is the CEO of Plastic Specialties: "I love Halloween. To each his own. I don't get upset about it. I like the individual holidays having their own time." Karen Meacham is a member of the Pioneer Park Coalition and author of Take Charge: "I like each of the holidays to have its own turn, so I like Christmas to come a little later on. Last year, we decided to give money to our favorite charity instead of to each other - so I bought a goat for a family in Africa." Kelsey Witt is the Communications Director of the Sutherland Institute: "I actually love it. When I walk into Costco and

Sunday, September 23, 2018

  • "If we held every hormonal boy responsible, we'd have no one in leadership."
    The edition of A Woman's View was recorded on Thursday, September 20th, before so much happened regarding the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Yet - Amanda Dickson wanted to get her guests general feelings about this important topic. Trish Hatch is chair-elect for Girls on the Run Utah: "It's such an incredibly difficult situation. Regardless, we need to listen to her. She had an experience that changed her and that needs to be addressed. I heard someone who said, 'If every hormonal boy in his teens was held responsible, we'd have no one in leadership.'" Linda Eyre is a beloved author and speaker: "I heard the most interesting story by a woman who believed Professor Ford because the same thing happened to her as a teenager. Interestingly in
  • Are we taking our fair share of refugees in the US?
    The United States has slashed the number of refugees we will take next year to 30,000. It had been over 110,000 under President Obama. Then it was brought down to 85,000, then 45,000 and now 30,000. There are over 25 million refugees. Are we doing our part? Amanda Dickson asked her guests. Sylvia Haro is a marketing consultant for multi-cultural markets: "This is not the America I knew when I immigrated here in 1974. I am saddened. How can we leave the opportunities of the country . . . sharing those opportunities with others enriches our country. Trish Hatch is chair-elect for Girls on the Run Utah: "After 9/11, the number of refugees we accepted went down to 25,000 and that was understandable, but we're past that now. There is no fear now. I'm a refugee. I moved here from Canada. I don't
  • Companies with more women on their boards are more successful.
    Half of Utah's colleges and universities are being led by women. Amanda Dickson asks her guests to respond to that fact, and also to react to the suggestion in California that government implement gender quotas for public companies. Trish Hatch is chair-elect for Girls on the Run Utah: "That represents a lot of hard work. To change the paradigm is amazing. This shows young teachers that they can go into leadership. Regarding gender quotas for public companies, in Europe they've already done this. Studies have shown that companies with more women on their boards are more successful. To be told to do it? If you put yourself on the public list, government can regulate you." Linda Eyre is an author and speaker: "It makes me think that women have come so far. Regarding gender quotas on boards,
  • Kicking Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller out of the history books
    There is a board of education in Texas that is removing Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the history books. Amanda Dickson asked her guests what they thought. Trish Hatch is the chair-elect for Girls on the Run Utah: "We all know Hillary Clinton was the first female nominee for president from a major party, and we all know Helen Keller. She was the first woman born blind, death, dumb and changed the world for that sector of the population. Texas gave these historical figures a number and the state legislators got to vote. If they scored low, they were removed, and if they scored high they stayed. Hillary Clinton scored a 5. Helen Keller scored a 7. Their own legislators scored a 20, so they stayed in." Sylvia Haro is a marketing consultant for multi-cultural markets: "It's a disappoin

Sunday, September 16, 2018

  • Reflections on 9-11
    Erika George is a Law Professor at the University of Utah and the Interim Director of the Tanner Center for Human Rights who practiced law in New York on 9-11. She was so jet lagged that day she decided not to go into the office in the Southern tip of Manhattan. "The city shut down, and then people stepped out to try to help one another. It was a week of being quiet together, alone, and really being human. What I remember was this quiet commitment to being better, to being our highest selves." Jill Atwood is the Director of Communications for the VA Rocky Mountain Network: "At the time I was a news reporter here at KSL. I believe it drove my career path to where I need to be, serving veterans. I interviewed firefighters that day, and I traveled back with them to New York where they went to