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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.

Friday, December 14, 2018

  • Best and Worst People of 2018
    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss their picks for the best and worst people of the year — those whose impact has been felt in the most positive and most negative ways in our society. Listen and bee sure to chime and tell us your choices for the best and worst of '18. E-mail us at voramyd@gmail.com or vorjasenl@gmail.com or find us on Twitter at adonsports and at JasenLee1. Our show’s Twitter handle is @VORPodcast and you can also find us on our Facebook page.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • How Medical Cannabis became Legal in Utah
    On this episode of Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the recent enactment of a new law in Utah legalizing medical cannabis use. Proposition 2 was passed by 53 percent of Utah voters, but the state legislature convened in a special session to craft a compromise measure that became law on Dec. 1. Amy and Jasen are joined by Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper and state Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake who worked to get a law passed with the goal of providing citizens with alternative medical relief for a variety of painful ailments. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

  • Media Ethics in the Age of 24-hour News
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the negative impact the 24-hour cable news cycle is having on the kind of information that's disseminated to today's news-consuming audience. From CNN to MSNBC to Fox News, the quality of actual news the networks are offering has deteriorated as they try to fill the daily airwaves — much to the chagrin of hardworking, honest journalists just trying to do their jobs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

  • The Value of Learning Financial Literacy in School
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the value of financial literacy education in school. Joining the dialogue are Anna Tibbitts, director of the Utah Jumpstart Coalition, Angela Short, financial literacy educator at Woods Cross (Utah) High School and Sam Jones, director of the Money Management Resource Center at Utah Valley University.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Paying for College Without Breaking the Bank
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee discuss the challenge of paying for a college education without amassing a mountain of debt. Joining us is Ryan Law, director of the Money Management Resource Center at Utah Valley University and John Garrigues, Assistant Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank, and Josh Tilton, Digital Content Producer for KSLNewradio.com and current college student paying for his own education.    

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  • Post Election Debrief with Boyd Matheson
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee review the results of Election Day 2018 with Deseret News Opinion Editor Boyd Matheson. And Amy and Boyd try to keep Jasen from jumping on the proverbial political cliff.

Monday, October 29, 2018

  • Roundtable discussion examining Utah's ballot propositions
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee tackle Utah's various ballot propositions, including initiatives concerning medical marijuana, medicaid expansion and possible changes to legislative redistricting. Joining the discussion are state Auditor John Dougall, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and state Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

  • A Candidate Conversation with Rep. Mia Love - AUDIO
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, who is running for re-election in Utah's 4th Congressional District. She talks about her life explaining how she got into politics, her policy priorities including immigration and why she wants to continue representing the people of her congressional district for the next two years. 
  • A Candidate Conversation with Rep. Mia Love - VIDEO
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with Rep. Mia Love, who is running for re-election in Utah's 4th Congressional District. She talks about her life explaining how she got into politics, her policy priorities such as immigration and why she wants to continue representing the people of her congressional district for the next two years.
  • A Candidate Conversation with Ben McAdams - AUDIO
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and guest host Dave Cawley have a Candidate Conversation with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, who is running for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in Utah's 4th District. He talks about the partisanship in Washington D.C. that prompted him to run in hopes of bridging the divide he believes currently exists that negatively impacts individuals and families in Utah and nationwide. Also, he highlights priority issues such as healthcare that he feels needs to be addressed immediately for the good of the country.
  • A Candidate Conversation with Ben McAdams - VIDEO
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and guest host Dave Cawley have a Candidate Conversation with Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, who is running for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in Utah's 4th District. He talks about the partisanship in Washington D.C. that prompted him to run in hopes of bridging the divide he believes currently exists that negatively impacts individuals and families in Utah and nationwide. Also, he highlights priority issues such as healthcare that he feels needs to be addressed immediately for the good of the country.

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • A Candidate Conversation with James Singer (AUDIO)
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with James Singer, who is running for Congress in Utah's Third District as a Democrat. A college educator by training, Singer said he decided to run following the events of Standing Rock in 2016. He felt a calling to become part of the solution to represent cooperation in an increasingly dysfunctional Washington D.C. and promote ideals that would serve the people of Utah. Among his policy priorities are public lands and social justice for indigenous tribes. 
  • A Candidate Conversation with James Singer (VIDEO)
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with James Singer, who is running for Congress in Utah's Third District as a Democrat. A college educator by training, Singer said he decided to run following the events of Standing Rock in 2016. He felt a calling to become part of the solution to represent cooperation in an increasingly dysfunctional Washington D.C. and promote ideals that would serve the people of Utah. Among his policy priorities are public lands and social justice for indigenous tribes.
  • A Candidate Conversation with John Curtis (AUDIO)
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with Rep. John Curtis, R-UT who is running for re-election in Utah's Third District. He said that addressing the various concerns about issues such as public lands, wildfire mitigation and redistricting are among his top policy priorities. He also acknowledged his political mandate from voters to try to overcome the partisan nature of how Washington D.C. operates.
  • A Candidate Conversation with John Curtis (VIDEO)
    On this episode of the Voices of Reason podcast, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee speak with Rep. John Curtis, R-UT who is running for re-election in Utah's Third District. He said that addressing the various concerns about issues such as public lands, wildfire mitigation and redistricting are among his top policy priorities. He also acknowledged his political mandate from voters to try to overcome the partisan nature of how Washington D.C. operates.