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The State of Utah vs. Gay Families

April 11, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Marriage, Amendment 3 and gay adoptions.  The State of Utah is deploying all of it’s resources to insure that LGBT families do not have access to the rights of marriage. As the fate of Amendment 3 works its way through the courts, real Utah families are caught in the crossfire.  Troy welcomes human rights attorney Laura Milliken Gray and Kathy and Michelle, a married couple battling the state over the right to second parent adoption.  We discuss the State’s efforts to block adoptions, the 10th Circuit Court and the fate of LGBT families in Utah.

 

No Kill Utah

April 11, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

NKUT has an impressive goal. They are determined to end the killing of cats and dogs in Utah animal shelters by the year 2019.  Nick welcomes Temma Martins from Best Friends Animal Society and Cathy Clark from Friends of Animals Utah, to lay out how they will accomplish their mission.

 

2014 Legislative Wrap-Up Part 1 & 2

March 14, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

The State of Utah has survived another Legislative year, with Medicaid expansion, clean air, and Count My Votes dominating the session. Nick welcomes the Managing Editor of UtahPolicy.com, Bryan Schott, the executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, Maryanne Martindale and Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-District 24) to discuss the new laws, message bills and circus politics coming out of the Utah Capitol.

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The Moral & Economic Argument for Medicaid

March 10, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

It seemed like a no brainer. Three commissioned studies determined that the most cost-effective and efficient path the State can take to cover 123,000 low-income Utahns is to simply expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act. But politics in Utah is never that simple. The Utah Legislature is saying “no” to $430 million in revenue. Nick welcomes Jean Hill from the Catholic Diocese, Rylee Curtis from the Utah Health Policy Project and Danny Harris from the AARP of Utah. Our guests argue that accepting the money through the ACA makes sense both morally and economically.

 

The Capitol 13

February 28, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Nick Burns

On February 10th, The Capitol 13 were arrested protesting the Utah Senate’s refusal to hear an LGBT non-discrimination bill,  SB100. Among the activists arrested was KRCL producer Troy Williams. The bill has the support of 72 percent of the state, yet Republican lawmakers are refusing to hear it. Is this a simple case of Legislative animus?  Troy Williams along with fellow Capitol 13 member, Donna Wienholtz and attorney Jesse Nix, discuss why they felt civil disobedience was a necessary way forward. The Capitol 13 is not yielding. They will be returning to a rally at the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday, March 5th at 12:30pm and they want all to join.

 

 

photo by David Newkirk

photo by David Newkirk

Spirituality for the Uninsured

February 19, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

How do people overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness in the modern age? It’s a question that consumes Paul Larsen in his new film, Spirituality for the Uninsured. The project explores various spiritual traditions  — Buddhism, Christianity, and Native American rituals — to explore they myriad ways humans can reconnect to both nature and each other.

 

Beijing-SLC Connect

February 19, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Beijing, China not only shares a similar geography to the Wasatch Front, it also shares an air-pollution crisis. Can the two communities come together to find solutions? The University of Utah has invited several Chinese artists to “create artworks, collect images, and explore new creative practices” to address our shared air quality problem. Nick welcomes Mei Mei Chang, Dai Dandan and Kevin Deluca to discuss Beijing-SLC Connect.

 

Gov. Herbert: Tear Down That Zion Wall!

January 31, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Does the visual image of a bartender preparing your cocktail entice your child to early drinking? That is the popular logic behind the so-called Zion Curtain, but as Eric Peterson from the Salt Lake City Weekly argues, there is no empirical evidence to back this up.   Should the Zion Curtain still stand? Peterson joins us along with Rep. Ryan Wilcox to discuss bringing Utah liquor laws into the 21st Century.

 

John Swallow, Jason Powers & Dark Money

January 28, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

How did the John Swallow debacle happen? Nick Burns welcomes Maryanne Martindale from Alliance for a Better Utah and journalist Robert Gehrke from the Salt Lake Tribune to shine light on the dark money trail behind John Swallow, Jason Powers and the Proper Role of Government Education Association. Powers has gained a reputation of being the Lee Atwater of Utah politics. He has mastered the art of setting up non-profit shell groups to attack his client’s opponents.  With such secretive schemes the public doesn’t know who is funding what. The stage is set in Utah for corruption and political scandal.

 

Sara: Transgender AND Mormon

January 28, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Is it possible to be a transwoman and an active Latter-day Saint? Sara Jade Woodhouse is doing just that. She grew up in a rural community in Utah County and at an early age knew that she was different from the other kids. Today, she remains committed to living authentically as both a woman and a Mormon.  Sara now works with Equality Utah and is hoping to see passage of SB100, a statewide non-discrimination bill that will protect other transgender Utahns from being fired or evicted because of their gender identity.

 

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