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The R.O.I. on Utah Foster Care

June 16, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
The Bronson family: Austin is far left and his mother, Jessica, is in the middle with her husband, Jason.

The Bronson family: Austin is far left and his mother, Jessica, is in the middle with her husband, Jason.

 

According to the Utah Foster Care Foundation, there are 2,700 Utah kids in foster care and 1,300 licensed foster care families. The UFCF will hold its 13th annual Chalk Art Festival this Friday and Saturday (artwork still on display Sunday, Father’s Day) at Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City. The goal: to focus attention on how you can help change the lives of children in foster care. Today’s edition of The R.O.I. focuses on the foster care story of Jessica Bronson and her husband, Jason, who have fostered many children and adopted six of them. She wants prospective foster parents to know it’s never the kids’ fault:

 

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The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm, KRCL.

Radio Caravan: Ash Sanders on Kate Kelly, Patriarchy’s Future

June 16, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

KRCL’s Radio Caravan brings you stories by, about and for Utahns. If you’d like to join the Caravan’s experiment in community journalism, email lara.jones@krcl.org.

The first piece out of the Caravan comes from Ash Sanders, who met Ordain Women founder Kate Kelly during their time at Brigham Young University. Sanders recently visited Kelly in Nairobi, Kenya, where the latter now lives and works, and brings us this report:

 

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Ash Sanders is a long-time political activist, hell-raiser, and general thorn in the side of many. She got her political start at Brigham Young University, of all places, fighting for the right to have boys in her bedroom. Since then, she’s worked to fight corporate power and to cultivate participatory democracy. If she can add costumes or street theater to something, she will. She’s currently taking a break from political organizing to write everything from legal briefs to tourism articles to long essays about her feelings. This is her first piece of KRCL’s Radio Caravan. Contact: caravan@krcl.org.

RadioActive: Getting Personal

June 15, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

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In this edition of RadioActive, host Nick Burns talks with Giuilana Serena of The Bee, a lovingly competitive storytelling event in Salt Lake City. Serena shares clips from the April Bee—Dirt: Stories of Scandal and Soil—and previews the next three events:

  • The Wild, true stories of the vast unknown, adventure, the wild child within, exploring new landscapes, embarking on journeys, which will be held Thursday, June 18, at The Leo. Tickets are $7 — you might want to get them in advance as The Bee is quickly gaining fans and regularly selling out all seats.
  • Outside the Lines: Stories of Transgression and Transcendence, which will be held on the Big Mouth Stage at the Utah Arts Festival Friday, June 16, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Process: The Struggle to Make Art Work, 6 local artists share true stories of sweat, tears, boredom and brilliance in the daily grind of art, which will be held on the Big Mouth Stage at the Utah Arts Festival Saturday, June 27, from 7-9 p.m.

 

In the second half of the show, RadioActive producer and KRCL Community Content Manager Lara Jones catches up with Dallas Graham of the Red Fred Project. He’s helping children with critical illnesses create books to share their stories with the world. One of them is about to be adapted for the stage.

 

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Full stories from The Bee: If you liked the clips you heard in this edition of RadioActive, then check out the full stories from April Bee winner Jennica Davis and fellow storyteller Justice Morath below.

 

Jennica Davis story from April Bee     

 

Justice Morath story from April Bee     

 

Listen for RadioActive every Sunday at 6 p.m. on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.

The R.O.I. on the Downtown Farmers Market in SLC

June 13, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm, KRCL.

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Ride your bike to the Downtown Farmers Market in SLC and park it with the Bike Valet, like Amy!

 

The Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City is back. It’s been attracting farmers, food artisans and crafts vendors for 23 years. KRCL’s Lara Jones took a tour on opening day to find out where they’re coming from and in many cases who’s the source of their inspiration:

 

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The Downtown Farmers Market in Salt Lake City is located at Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 W, and runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through October. Take some time to talk to the growers and food vendors to find out who’s growing your food and where. And be sure to stop by the KRCL booth and say hello.

 

KRCL wants You to help Clear the Air!

June 12, 2015 in Home by KrclAdmin cleartheairbadge

Let’s quit talking about bad air and help clean it up. We’re calling all bikers, hikers, strollers, skateboarders, bus and train riders, carpoolers and…you…to help with the Clear the Air Challenge.

Join KRCL DJs, staff, volunteers and other listeners on the KRCL team!

We’re hitting the streets and leaving the cars at home.

The Challenge begins July 1 through July 31. Sign up by Tuesday, June 30.

Visit www.cleartheairchallenge.org, click Register and join team 90.9fm KRCL.

Put some rock in your stroll and join 90.9fm KRCL in the Clear the Air Challenge. For those about to walk…we salute you.

 

The R.O.I. on Red Fred Project

June 10, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

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The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.

In this edition of The R.O.I., KRCL’s Lara Jones talks with Dallas Graham of the Red Fred Project, which has special news about the theatrical debut of one of its books.

 

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Listen Sunday at 6 p.m. for a longer conversation with Dallas Graham during RadioActive.

Just One Question: How is a Queen Bee Made?

June 8, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The fifth annual Slow Food Utah Honeybee Festival was held June 6, 2015 at the Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City. KRCL’s Lara Jones attended to get an answer to just one question: How is a Queen Bee made?

 

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Lara had more than just one question for her subject matter expert, Frank Whitby, Official City Beekeeper for Salt Lake City. To hear more Q&A with Frank, including:

  • how easy it is to start your own hive
  • the story of European honeybees who colonized America
  • the truth about bee spit

 

… then listen to this:

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If you have a question, email it to justonequestion@krcl.org. Then listen for the answer on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.

RadioActive: Businesses with a Cause

June 7, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

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In this edition of RadioActive, host Nick Burns talks with dreamers who are doing—specifically, local business owners who have turned a passion into something more than a financial return.

 

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Segment 1:

 

Guests: Filmmakers Holly Tuckett and Kendal Wilcox talk about their work documenting the landmark same-sex marriage lawsuit Kitchen v. Herbert, as well as a new website/oral history project to document the stories of Utah’s LGBTQ community. To share your story with them, visit utahlgbtqstories.org.

 

Segment 2:

 

Guests: Several social entrepreneurs talk about their businesses and what it takes to get started, especially when the bottom line helps to improve the community.

 

Robert Bell, co-founder and president of Sustainable Startups, which is committed to helping entrepreneurs and startups wanting make a difference in Salt Lake. From 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, the business incubator will host Entrepreneurship 4 All: Transforming Thinkers into Doers at Church & State, 370 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City. Want to go? Register here. For the first 5 listeners who use the promo code KRCL, your registration fee will be waived. If those are gone by the time you decide to sign up, use the promo code sustainable to save 50% off the $10 ticket price—if you promise to walk, bike or take public transit to the event.

 

Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and co-founder of PK Clean, a company that wants to turn landfill waste into fuel. The startup company collects low-grade plastics from municipal recyclers in Salt Lake, turning out a diesel fuel. In addition to expanding nationally, Bakaya hopes to take the technology to developing countries and help waste pickers retain a bigger share of the revenue stream from their work.

 

Jason Utgaard, creator of The Spotted Door, a Salt Lake City-based company that believes “everything can and should be made of recycled materials.” From reclaimed furniture to decorative accessories, jewelry to glassware, wallets and toys, every item on the website is made from at least 50-percent recycled materials.

 

 

Vox Pop: World Refugee Day at Liberty Park

June 7, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
Nineteen refugees take oath to become U.S. citizens during World Refugee Day at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 6, 2015.

Nineteen refugees take oath to become U.S. citizens during World Refugee Day at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 6, 2015.

Hundreds of people gathered at Liberty Park Saturday, June 6, 2015, to celebrate World Refugee Day. Before the global crafts market, soccer tournament, music, dance, food vendors and a dunk tank got going, 19 refugees raised their right hands, swore an oath of allegiance. KRCL’s Lara Jones brings you this audio postcard from the day:

 

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If you are organizing a community event, be sure to submit it to our community calendar. Email all the details to calendar@krcl.org. Then listen for voices for voices of the people on your community connection, 90.9FM KRCL.

 

Once a refugee from Congo, Dechanel is now a U.S. citizen.

Once a refugee from Congo, Dechanel is now a U.S. citizen.

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Krisha Rai (left) with his mother (center), Bishnu, and wife (right), Bishnu.

Krisha Rai (left) with his mother (center), Bishnu, and wife (right), Bishnu.

Ramayana shows off her U.S. citizenship certificate.

Ramajana shows off her U.S. citizenship certificate.

Tamara, new U.S. citizen

Tamara, new U.S. citizen

The R.O.I. on the Apa Sherpa Foundation

June 5, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

The R.O.I. brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. If that sounds like someone you know, please let us know. Send an email with details and contact information to TheROI@krcl.org. Then listen for more from The R.O.I. on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.

Apa Sherpa in Thame Nepal April2015

Apa Sherpa in Thame, Nepal, his home village, shortly after the April 2015 earthquake. Source: Apa Sherpa Foundation

Apa Sherpa, the famed Everest climber who has lived in Utah since 2006, was in his home village of Thame, Nepal, when a deadly earthquake struck in April 2015. Thousands of people in the region were killed, and survivors are struggling to rebuild. KRCL’s Lara Jones spoke with Apa, who says it’s now monsoon season and villagers, including family members, are still living in tents or under tarps:

 

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A fundraiser to help rebuild Thame, Nepal, especially the village school, will be held Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Draper Corner Canyon Academy, 12958 S. 1300 E. Visit apasherpafoundation.org for more details.

Check out a longer conversation with Apa, board member Todd Winzenreid and Valerie Littleton, vice president and operations manager of the Apa Sherpa Foundation:

 

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