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 issues, and what possible common ground might guide us in our search for solutions.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
- Serving with honor, two U.S. Air Force officers tell their stories
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee along with Jason Comstock — cohost of the We Happy Few podcast, which focuses on stories of military veterans, sit down with Maj. Gen. Stacey Hawkins, commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base and 2nd Lt. Laketa Fludd, a newly commissioned officer stationed at Hill. We talk to them about their lives in the United States Air Force, including race, leadership and what it means to serve in uniform.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
- Sports fan behavior and the ethics of fandom
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project's Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by Deseret News Utah Jazz beat writer Eric Woodyard to discuss sports fan behavior in the wake of the Jazz issuing lifetime bans to two fans for verbal abuse involving NBA All-star Russell Westbrook. They also share their thoughts on separating one's feelings from a famous artist's work even when they have exhibited abhorrent or even criminal behavior.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
- What is Fake News?
On this episode of the Voices of Reason Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson explore the issue of fake news with Eric Peterson — president of the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and University of Utah Communications Professor Avery Holton.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
- Utah politics with Sen. Todd Weiler
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and guest host Tom Luoma sit down with Utah state Sen. Todd Weiler to discuss his recently launched podcast Toddcast Utah, which covers the politics of the state legislature.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
- Blackface, redemption and free speech in class
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk to University of Utah Psychology Professor Paul White, PhD. on the use of blackface by white people, can people be redeemed after admitting their sins or should they step aside and should kids be arrested for not saying the pledge of allegiance.
Friday, February 15, 2019
- The Public Health Crisis of Opioid Abuse
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the Utah’s and the nation’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the opioid problem. Joining us is Mikelle Moore, Senior Vice President of Community Health for Intermountain Healthcare. [For questions regarding the use of prescription meds such as opioids, visit Use Only As Directed website.]
Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Introducing WashingTown — A Loudmouth Project Gig
On the inaugural episode of The LoudMouth Project's WashingTown, freshman Rep. Ben McAdams, D-UT talks about learning the ropes of his new job as congressman from Utah's 4th district. He also talks about balancing his new duties with his home life with his wife Julie and their four children.
- Lynching in the 21st Century w/ Jacqueline Olive
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with award-winning filmmaker Jacqueline Olive. Her documentary Always In Season won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We discuss the historical impacts of lynching on African Americans throughout the nation's history and how some institutions may still be allowing it to continue even today.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
- Traveling While Black — The Story of Ben's Chili Bowl
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss a documentary at the Sundance Film Festival this year called Traveling While Black about African-Americans’ struggles to travel freely around the U.S., from restrictions in the pre-civil rights era to the challenges minorities face today. Joining us today are Virginia and Vida Ali, owners of Ben’s Chili Bowl — a landmark eatery in Washington D.C. that was one of the 'safe havens' for blacks travelers in the east.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
- How it's possible to have a strong economy despite a bear stock market
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee learn how the nation's economy is able to prosper in the wake of a floundering stock market. Joining us is Robert Spendlove, vice president and senior economist with Zions Bank. He breaks it down so that even a couple of news nerds can understand and offers insights on how to survive economics upheaval by developing smart money habits. [**For ways on developing positive habits for managing life, check out Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear.**]
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
- Amy and Jasen moderate a Utah Legislative preview panel
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson moderate the 2019 United Way Legislative Preview breakfast with a few hundred of our closest friends, movers and shakers. The show was recorded live at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, featuring Utah Senate President Stuart Adams, Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson, Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne and House Minority Leader Brian King.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
- How domestic abuse leads to violence — The COLD case of Susan and Josh Powell
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee talk about the issue of domestic abuse and when what may appear to be a typical marriage situation behind the scenes devolves into abuse and violence. Joining us are Jennifer Oxborrow, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Dave Cawley, creator and host of the hit KSL podcast COLD — which has over a million downloads. We discuss the dysfunctional relationship story of Susan and Josh Powell. If you are someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse in Utah, please call toll free at 1-800-897-5465 (LINK). Anywhere else in the U.S., call the The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Someone is available 24/7 to take your call.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
- Maria's Choice - The Face of Immigration
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee hear about the heart-wrenching story of Maria Santiago, an asylum seeker and immigrant mother who was deported from Utah to her native Guatemala. She was forced to decide whether to keep her family intact or send her children back to Salt Lake City without their primary caregiver. Joining us is Deseret News reporter Gillian Friedman, who along with photojournalist Laura Seitz, traveled to Central America to tell the story of how the Trump Administration's immigration policy helped to create Maria's Choice.
Friday, December 28, 2018
- How transracial adoption impacted Amy's family growing up
In this special episode of Voices of Reason Podcast, host Amy Donaldson talks with her mom and sister about how transracial adoption impacted their family. Amy didn't think much about how it might feel for her sister, Ernie, who is Inupiaq (Eskimo), growing up in a white family. In this conversation, they discuss when (and whether) she noticed she was different from her siblings, and whether or not she feels bad that she didn't grow up in her birth culture. She talks with her mother about it and how she tried to keep Ernie connected to her Eskimo heritage.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
- Examining Transracial Adoption
On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee examine the issue of transracial adoption. Joining us are Josh Chamberlain, an African American man who was adopted by a Caucasian family from Utah as a child and Chuck Wing who, along with his wife Julie — both Caucasian, adopted their daughter Kate from China when she was an infant. They discuss the joys and challenges of blending a family from different racial backgrounds.