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RadioActive: Locked & Loaded with Saturday’s Voyeur

June 22, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


RadioActive host Nick Burns brings you a sneak peek of the 2015 edition of Saturday’s Voyeur, the annual raucous and riotous musical comedy from Salt Lake Acting Co. that skewers Utah’s peculiarities. The show runs June 24-August 30. Ticket info here. Guests include director/choreographer Cynthia Fleming, actor/musician Dave Evanoff, and a cast of characters.


Fair warning, the following program IS NOT suitable for all audiences. It contains suggestive and definitely outrageous songs and scenes from the 37th annual production of Saturday’s Voyeur. Parental guidance most certainly is advised.


RadioActive Locked and Loaded     


This show was produced by Lara Jones, with special assistance from audio engineer Rowan Stigner of Spy Hop.

RadioActive: Getting Personal

June 15, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


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.

RadioActive: Businesses with a Cause

June 7, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



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


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.



RadioActive with Loud & Clear: Alternative Education, Teen Relationships

May 24, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


Loud and Clear Youth Radio DJs Madi and Chandler chat with:

  • Dave, a longtime educator specializing in Special Education and alternative classrooms
  • George, a young adult who required unique accommodations as a student

… about ways in which teachers should accommodate unique learning styles. They also discuss learning disabilities and some of the challenges students face when they are struggling in traditional school settings.


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Loud & Clear Youth Radio DJ Azteca learned about the issues teens face when in unhealthy and abusive relationships with Megan Waters from Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council in Summit County and Kiesha Lanier, domestic violence and drug and alcohol counselor from ACES.
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If you or someone you know needs help, you can use the following resources:


Producer: Shannalee Otanez

Executive Producer: Lara Jones

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RadioActive with Loud & Clear: Women of Color

May 12, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Throughout the month of May, RadioActive is hosted by SpyHop’s Loud & Clear Youth Radio.


Sunday, May 10, 2015: Loud and Clear Youth Radio host Zac Tipton sits down with Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-24, Salt Lake City) and Debra Daniels, Director of Women’s Resource Center and Assistant VP for Women’s Enrollment Initiatives at the University of Utah, to discuss the challenges women of color face when pursuing leadership roles in the community. They talk about racism, the importance of mentorship, and ways in which other women of color may achieve their personal and professional goals.


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RadioActive by Loud & Clear: Identity Among U.S. Youth with Immigrant Parents

May 4, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Loud & Clear kids host RadioActive all month long.

Loud and Clear Youth Radio host Mary Nejatifar sits down with Lily Castrellon, a PhD student from the University of Utah’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, along with two young women of color, Muna Omar and Saby Louder, to talk about cultural identity and how being children of immigrant parents can influence identity development. They discuss issues of racism, the teenage high school experience, and the role media plays in the lives on American youth.

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Producer: Shannalee Otanez

Executive Producer: Lara Jones

RadioActive: Free Speech

April 26, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


RadioActive host Nick Burns talks with several groups about their work related to free speech in this April 26, 2015, edition of the program.


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Socially engaged art with Wendy Wischer, Assistant Professor Sculpture Intermedia, University of Utah, and student Sabrina Stein. As the capstone project in Wischer’s Art, Action and the Environment class—and coinciding with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day— students went “begging” for a cleaner, safer environment last week. Check out the online resources created by the students, including a map of all parks in  Salt Lake City:

Marina Lowe, ALCU Utah, Legislative and Policy Counsel, talks about the wins and losses during the 2015 legislative session. Topics include justice reform, LGBT anti-discrimination bills, breastfeeding rights, medical marijuana, and the return of the firing squad.

The arrival of Speakers Corner in SLC, with founders and dancers Amy Freitas and Tawnya London. The group’s first event will be held May 16 at Jitterbug Cafe. Event info:


RadioActive producer: Lara Jones

RadioActive: April 19, 2015

April 20, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Host Nick Burns talks with two Utah women whose work benefits humanitarian causes in Africa: Karen Mathot of Lifting Liberia and Cathy Tshilombo-Lakemba of Mama Africa.


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Karen Mathot is back in Liberia this month to work with children, families, and communities to come up with best solutions for local Ebola orphans.

Mama Africa will present the Tribute to the Women of Africa Award & Fashion Show Saturday, May 9, at the Salt Lake City Marriott University Park Hotel. All proceeds will go to support victims of rape and war in the Congo.



RadioActive: Stories

April 12, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

Host Nick Burns talks with two storytellers in the latest edition of RadioActive.


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Segment 1: Children Tell It Like It Is

Melissa Gemmill, a grad student at Westminster College, has been working with kids in South Salt Lake to help them tell grownups what they’d like to see in their city. As part of her research, Gemmill worked with Promise South Salt Lake to help kids express what they’d like to see in their own community through the recording of digital stories.

As she wrote in a draft of her dissertation: “Civic opportunities vary within different communities, but those opportunities become few and far between when it come to children. Children have become a disempowered population in terms of civic engagement because they lack a sense of agency, critical consciousness, and civic engagement opportunities.” Check out Gemmill’s digital story work here.


Segment 2: Grown-ups Tell It Like They Remember


Giuliana Serena with excerpts from The Bee‘s most recent night of stories. Held at The Leo, the theme was “Attachment”:

  • Ash breaks up with her fiance but still travels with him and his family to his brother’s wedding in California the next day
  • Davey plans a grand romantic gesture with an old flame he finds out has moved on—after he’s bought the plane ticket
  • Nan has never held a bowling ball, and it doesn’t go so well for her date’s foot or car

Created with her sister, Francesca Rosa, Serena has made The Bee a place where grownups get together for a night of lovingly competitive storytelling. The only rules: it must be true and you’ve got to tell your story in 5 minutes, no notes!

The next Bee is Thursday night, April 16, at the Urban Lounge. Anyone is welcome to put their name in the hat, with 10 lucky folks invited to the stage to tell their story. This month’s theme is “Dirt: True Stories of Scandal and Soil.” What have you buried deep down? What do you wish you could wash your hands of? Have a burning secret you’re ready to share? How is the biology in your backyard? Are you gardening, getting down, digging, and filthying your fingernails? What is your relationship with the musty, dusty earth? Do tell. Write to The Bee SLC to put your name in the hat.” And get your tickets here. KRCL is a community partner of The Bee.




RadioActive: Clean Air, Community Organizer in Chief, Punk Rock Farmer

April 5, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones


In a special one-hour, LIVE edition of RadioActive, host Nick Burns talked clean air with Ted Wilson of UCAIR, a visit from the Community Organizer in Chief with SLC Mayor Ralph Becker, and urban farming with Aldine, KRCL’s own Punk Rock Farmer, Felecia Maxfield-Barrett of Wasatch Community Gardens, and Carly Gillespie of BUG Farms.


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