Voices of Reason

Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are speaking out and speaking up about the issues facing our community. We are engaging in conversations that seek to help us understand our differing views and opinions on complex social justice issues, and what possible common ground might guide us in our search for solutions.
Introducing Rae Duckworth – one of the next great leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement   (42:43) October 07, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by Rae Duckworth, the new operating chairperson of the Utah chapter of Black Lives Matter. They discuss her new role, what it means to be a BLM accomplice and what lies ahead for the social justice movement.
The challenge of ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan with Kael Weston   (42:20) September 30, 2021
This week on the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Kael Weston, a former U.S. State Dept. operative who worked extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s also a former congressional candidate and author of The Mirror Test: America’s War in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The future of the electric car is upon us with James Campbell   (41:20) September 23, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen is joined by James Campbell, director of Innovation and Sustainability for Rocky Mountain Power to talk about National Drive Electric Week and the next phase of what will be our driving experience in the very near future.
Building community around the principles of education, diversity and inclusion with Christine Ishmael   (41:14) September 16, 2021
This week on the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is joined by Christine Ishmael, founder of The EDI Experience – a nonprofit created on social media to bring Education, Diversity and Inclusion to people everywhere.
Getting a handle on all the issues facing our society today   (43:05) September 09, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen tackle the overwhelming volume of issues and news facing our society from the COVID pandemic, natural disasters, war, political upheaval and news fatigue. Key points to remember: 1. Unclench your jaw. 2. Stop doom-scrolling. 3. Write down three actions you’ll take tomorrow […]
Women in Building with Natalie Miles   (39:33) September 02, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen talk with designer and businesswoman Natalie Miles with Utah Professional Women in Building – an organization supporting and advocating for women in the construction industry. The group was responsible for construction of the first house built almost entirely by women.
Leaving Afghanistan after 20 years with U.S. Army veterans Arlo Doyle and Frank DeVito   (42:44) August 26, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson and Jasen Lee are joined by U.S. Army veterans Arlo Doyle and Frank DeVito to talk about the ramifications of the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of the War on Terror.
Politics and conspiracy theories with Leah Murray   (39:44) August 18, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason podcast, Jasen Lee talks with Weber State University political science professor Leah Murray about the prevalence of conspiracy theories in the current political landscape, plus a whole lot more.
The continuing battle against COVID with epidemiologist Annie George   (41:47) August 10, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason. Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson discuss the ongoing battle with COVID with Annie George, epidemiologist with the Salt Lake County Health Department.
Sexualization in women’s sports   (40:05) July 22, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson discusses the sexualization of women’s sports with Sarah Herrmann, assistant professor of psychology at Weber State University; Justine Jones, mental performance coach at R.J. Performance Group; and Shay Gouldling-Muir, women’s volleyball coach at Salt Lake Community College.
Is the US Flag a symbol of hate with Lex Scott and Keimon Dixson   (42:28) July 13, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen Lee are joined by Lex Scott, head of the Utah Black Lives Matter chapter and Keimon Dixson, political activist and former U.S. military member – talking about the U.S. flag and what it means to individuals, good and bad.
Bonus: Bill Cosby is released from prison   (30:39) July 02, 2021
Here’s a bonus episode: It’s official Bill Cosby was released from prison after a judge determined prosecutorial misconduct following his conviction of sexually assaulting multiple women over many years. Dr. LaShawn Williams, professor of Social Work at Utah Valley and Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Westminster College just us to […]
Critical Race Theory with LaShawn Williams, PhD and Tamara Stevenson, PhD   (39:55) July 02, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen learn about critical race theory from Dr. LaShawn Williams, professor of Social Work at Utah Valley University who specializes in relational change strategy, and Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Westminster College.
The meaning of making Juneteenth a federally-recognized holiday   (39:29) June 19, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is joined by author and social activist Darlene McDonald and University of Utah social psychology professor Dr. Paul White to talk about the significance of the nation’s newest federal holiday – June 19th – commemorating a landmark day in American history.    
Sexism in Sports Journalism with Amy D. & Co.   (51:38) June 04, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy Donaldson is joined by University of Utah Athletics Director Mark Harlan, Deseret News NBA Reporter Sarah Todd and veteran sports reporter Michelle Bodkin to discuss sexism in the world of sports journalism.
The historical impact of redlining with Jennifer Gnagey   (36:15) May 25, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Weber State University economics professor Jennifer Gnagey delves into the impact of redlining in housing and how it has shaped communities nationwide. The website mentioned at the very end of the discussion: https://www.neighborsfurtherfairhousing.org/ The Facebook group is linked at the bottom of that web page: […]
The story of Black Mormon Pioneer Green Flake with Mauli Bonner   (40:41) May 14, 2021
On this episode, Amy and Jasen are joined by Mauli Bonner, a Grammy Award-winning vocal director and now filmmaker, whose first feature film His name is Green Flake chronicles the life a Black Mormon pioneer who literally paved the way for 70,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints to journey […]
Making personal connections with the great outdoors with Forest Good   (35:51) May 06, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by Forest Good, CEO and founder of Pastimes — an app that connects people who are interested in doing outdoors activities. It’s a social platform of all things outdoors.
Examining the Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Verdict with Dr. Roderic Land, Ph.D   (40:33) April 23, 2021
Dr. Roderic Land, Ph.D joins Amy and Jasen on this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason. An ordained minister, he holds a Ph.D from the University of Illinois in educational policy with an emphasis in critical race theory and sociology. He’s done extensive research on social justice, racial attitudes and race relations in […]
How laughter fills the soul with comedian with Arvin Mitchell   (44:00) April 23, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by comedian Arvin Mitchell to discuss how making people laugh has helped him find meaning in life.