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The R.O.I.: The Power of Play

February 26, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones
Coach Desi, Playworks Utah, plays state tag with kids at Sandy Elementary.

Coach Desi, Playworks Utah, plays state tag with kids at Sandy Elementary.

The R.O.I brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community. Today, The R.O.I. takes you to Sandy Elementary where Coach Desi of Playworks brings out the best in kids through the power of play.

 

The ROI - Playworks     

 

Tune into RadioActive this Sunday at 6 p.m. to learn more about Playworks Utah and its annual Race to Reduce Bullying 5K and Fun Run Saturday, March 7, at Wheeler Farm.

 

Coach Desi calls the kids at Sandy Elementary to head back to class.

Coach Desi calls the kids at Sandy Elementary to head back to class.

Chris Conard, Playworks Utah, and Sandy Elementary Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan talk with kids at recess.

Chris Conard, Playworks Utah, and Sandy Elementary Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan talk with kids at recess.

Rules of the playground at Sandy Elementary.

Rules of the playground at Sandy Elementary.

Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, Sandy Elementary.

Principal Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, Sandy Elementary.

Goals at Sandy Elementary.

Goals at Sandy Elementary.

In the entryway at Sandy Elementary.

In the entryway at Sandy Elementary.

Sandy Elementary

Sandy Elementary

The R.O.I.: Brenda Myers-Powell and the DreamCatcher Foundation

February 23, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

KRCL’s R.O.I brings you stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community.

As co-founder and executive director of The Dreamcatcher Foundation, Brenda Myers-Powell works to to end human trafficking in Chicago. She’s no academic – she spent 25 years on the streets, starting at the age of 14. Her past and present are on screen in the documentary DreamCatcher, which the Utah Film Center will present Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the main City Library, 210 E. 400 S., SLC. Lara Jones had a chance to speak to Brenda recently, and here’s some of what she said:

 

The ROI - Dreamcatcher     

 

Brenda Myers-Powell of the DreamCatcher Foundation will join a panel discussion on the film and her work after DreamCatcher the documentary screens free Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the main City Library, 210 E. 400 South, in Salt Lake.

Winner: Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary – 2015 Sundance Film Festival;Official selection: 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Just One Question: Did Jane Manning Ever Question Her Place in Zion?

February 23, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

It’s black history month, and Lara Jones got a chance to talk with Dr. Ronald Coleman, a history professor at the University of Utah, about unknown legacies of black Utahns. He’s researched and written extensively on the subject. One story he shared with her was that of Jane Manning James, a free black woman who joined the LDS Church and made the trek here on foot. Just one question, doc – did she ever question her place in Zion?

 

 

Links to Dr. Coleman’s writings:

BLACKS IN UTAH HISTORY: AN UNKNOWN LEGACY
Peoples of Utah
Ronald G. Coleman

IS THERE NO BLESSING FOR ME? JANE ELIZABETH MANNING JAMES, A MORMON AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN
African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000
Ronald G. Coleman (see Chapter 8)

Just One Question: Did Green Flake Drive Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847?

February 23, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Green Flake headstone at Union Fort pioneer cemetery

Union Fort pioneer cemetery (800x452)

DUP marker at Union Fort pioneer cemetery

It’s black history month, which got Lara Jones thinking about black pioneers and their stories. One story has Green Flake, a slave from North Carolina, driving the wagon of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Dr. Ronald Coleman, a history professor at the University of Utah, met me at the Union Fort Cemetery where Flake and his wife Martha are buried for this edition of just one question. So, doc, was Green Flake there when Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley and declared This is the Right Place?

 

Just One Question     

 

Links to Dr. Coleman’s writings:

BLACKS IN UTAH HISTORY: AN UNKNOWN LEGACY
Peoples of Utah
Ronald G. Coleman

IS THERE NO BLESSING FOR ME? JANE ELIZABETH MANNING JAMES, A MORMON AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN
African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000
Ronald G. Coleman (see Chapter 8)

Just One Question:

February 23, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

One of the odder things about Utah’s 45-day legislative session is the closed caucus. It’s perfectly legal under Utah law, but only one party routinely closes caucus meetings to the public—Republicans. They are criticized routinely for conducting the people’s business behind closed doors and generally keeping silent about it. Last week, something new – they held a press conference. Just one question—why close the caucus if you’re just going to hold a press conference? Lara Jones talks with Jenn Gonnelly of the League of Women Voters of Utah about the incident.

 

Just One Question - Closed Caucus Press Conference     

 

If you’ve got a question, KRCL will help you find the answer. Send them to just1question@krcl.org, then listen for the answer here on 90.9fm, KRCL.

VoxPop: Voices from the Rally for Criminal Justice Reform

February 21, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

From time to time, KRCL will attend events to bring you voices of the people in attendance. This VoxPop features voices from the Rally for Criminal Justice Reform held February 10, 2015, on the steps of the Utah Capitol.

Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, 2-10-15

Above: Ben Aldana speaks at the rally. Use the player below to hear what he had to say about the myth of the Good Landlord program and his post-felon path to law school.

 

VoxPop - Ben Aldana1 2-10-15     

 

VoxPop - Ben Aldana2 2-10-15     

 

Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, 2-10-15

Above: Damien Trujillo talks about what it took for him to “give back to this community that I used to take from—and it happened because somebody decided to give me a chance.” Trujillo is now a substance abuse counselor and college student.

 

VoxPop - Damien Trujillo 2-10-15     

 

Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, 2-10-15

Above: Virginia Ward, a former judge, talks about the help she received for her prescription drug addition when she was caught and did jail time, and how the criminal justice system needs to be reformed to help those who don’t have the skills or opportunities necessary to rise above their felony status.

 

VoxPop - Virginia Ward 2-10-15     

 

Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, 2-10-15

Faces in the crowd at the Rally for Criminal Justice Reform on the steps of the Utah Capitol Feb. 10, 2015.

Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, 2-10-15

Above (far right): Karl Winsness, aka Willy the Plumber, hands out information about his scholarship program for children of parents and caregivers who are habitually incarcerated during the Feb. 10, 2015, Rally for Criminal Justice Reform.

Photo credit: Lara Jones/KRCL.

 

Punk Rock Farmer: Starting with Seeds

February 19, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

PRF_planting  seeds_tray  seeds sprouted

The Punk Rock Farmer debuts on KRCL! It’s a guide to backyard farming, gardening, dirt duty—whatever you call it—with Aldine, a Utah musician with his feet planted in punk rock, the blues and his own garden. Tune in to hear what Al has to say about what’s growing in his backyard and those of other Punk Rock Farmers along the Wasatch.

Today the Punk Rock Farmer talks with Wasatch Community Gardens‘ Emma Kroon Van Diest about starting plants from seed.

 

Punk Rock Farmer seed starts     

The R.O.I.: IVU Med

February 18, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

In this edition of The R.O.I., stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive return on investment in the community:

Two billion people worldwide lack access to surgical care. One group trying to put a dent in that number is IVU Med, International Volunteers of Urology. Lara Jones talks with its director, Dr. Catherine DeVries, about the group’s “teach one, reach many” philosophy and 20 years of service. For details on the group’s 20th anniversary celebration Feb. 21, click here.

 

The ROI - IVU Med     

 

Just One Question: What’s with the beige and Borg of design?

February 18, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

During the cold snap that passed for winter here a few weeks back, Lara Jones met University of Utah architecture Professor Keith Bartholomew and some of the students in the master of city and metropolitan planning program on the street to talk about buildings in Salt Lake City. A listener wanted to know why architects seem to be on auto-pilot – slapping beige stucco on malls and homes or erecting metal boxes like something out of Star Trek. And that’s where this edition of Just One Question starts—at the foot of the new federal courthouse, known by some as the Borg Cube.

 

Just One Question - What's up with the beige and Borg of buildings?     

The R.O.I.: Heal Courageously

February 11, 2015 in KRCL Music Blog by Lara Jones

Michelle Marthia, Heal Courageously

The R.O.I. features stories of people, non-profits and businesses who create a positive Return On Investment in the community. This week, Michelle Marthia and Heal Courageously.

 

The ROI - Heal Courageously     

 

Check out the annual Heal Courageously photo exhibit before it ends Friday, 2/13/15, at Art Access Gallery, 230 South 500 West #125, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5.

 

Michelle Marthia, Heal Courageously