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RadioActive: 10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit, Breathe Utah

July 27, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Host Nick Burns talks about the 10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit with Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and Ken Sekaquaptewa, director of the Native American Initiative at Utah Valley University.

Later in the program, RadioActive producer Lara Jones brings you a conversation about clearing the air with Breathe Utah Policy Director Erin Mendenhall.


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RadioActive: Clear the Air Report

July 12, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Host Nick Burns talks to to people actively working to clear the air we breathe on this edition of RadioActive, originally broadcast July 12, 2015. Tune in every Sunday at 6 p.m. for a fresh edition of RadioActive on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.


  • Bowen Call, who manages a network of air monitoring stations for the Utah Department of Air Quality
  • Matt Pacenza of HEAL Utah, who says state building codes are part of the problem
  • Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-SL County) and Sen. Todd Weiler (R-Davis/SL County) of the Utah Clean Air Caucus will update you on lawmakers’ efforts to improve air quality


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Producer: Lara Jones




RadioActive: Love Wins

July 5, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court ruling affirming same-sex marriage, RadioActive host Nick Burns talks with several guests about the past, present and future of LGBTQ civil rights.


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1st Segment:

  • Kody Partridge and Laurie Wood, one couple at the heart of Utah’s same-sex marriage case, Kitchen v. Herbert
  • Marina Lowe, legislative and policy counsel, ACLU of Utah


2nd Segment:

  • Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah
  • Mary Stanley, art therapist and organizer of the Inclusive Families  conference being held in Salt Lake City later this year

RadioActive: Water Wasted, Wasted Lives

June 28, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones



Host Nick Burns talks about water wasters and wasted lives in this edition of RadioActive, originally broadcast Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Tune in your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL, every Sunday at 6 p.m. for a fresh edition of RadioActive. To suggest a guest or topic, send an email to


Producer: Lara Jones

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.


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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.


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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: Loud & Clear Talks Tech

May 31, 2015 in RadioActive by Lara Jones

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In the final edition of RadioActive hosted by the Loud & Clear kids from spyhop’s Youth Media Matters program, get the lowdown on tech with hosts Logan and Philip:


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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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