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.
Controversial comments on Race in Religion and the Podcast Universe   (44:52) February 12, 2022
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason. Jasen Lee is joined by social justice activist Ken Akers, LaShawn Williams, professor of Social Work at Salt Lake Community College, along with entertainer and entrepreneur Mauli Bonner for a frank discussion about controversies surrounding perceived racist comments made by people in the public eye, […]
VOR News of the Week with Ann Dent   (44:19) February 05, 2022
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by our friend and political consultant Ann Dent to discuss state funding for menstrual products in schools, an alleged ISIS operative born in the US heartland and the effort in state legislatures to reshape what educators can teach […]
How the political sausage is made with Ann Dent   (42:21) January 21, 2022
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Ann Dent, our friend and political consultant, to discuss the top issues to be addressed in the Utah State legislative session this year.
How to succeed in life even if you stumble with Ian Hoag   (52:28) January 07, 2022
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Ian Hoag, whose inspiring life story is an example of how – through perseverance and drive – one can accomplish their goals and more even if they fall a little short sometimes along the way.
Elevating stewardship in high school athletics   (46:38) December 31, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee,and Amy Donaldson are joined by Everett Kelepolo, district athletic director; Marc Hunter, executive director of the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association; Richard Barton, past president of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association to discuss issues in ensuring qualified stewardship of high school athletics in Utah.
An Afghan’s heart-rending journey to America   (46:52) December 23, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Deseret News reporter Kyle Dunphy and Afghan immigrant Mohammed Tamim Solhdost, who recounts his harrowing escape from Kabul, Afghanistan following withdrawal of U.S. military forces after 20 years in the region.
Funding education for kids with disabilities with Kim Coleman   (39:57) December 12, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee and Amy Donaldson are joined by Kim Coleman, executive director of the Children Education Fund – an organization working to provide scholarships for children with disabilities.
Dissecting the Rittenhouse and Arbery cases   (37:57) December 04, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen Lee is joined by criminal defense attorney Ed Brass and former journalist and adjunct educator Sheena McFarland to talk about the results and ramifications of two recent high-profile criminal court cases.
Taking on the current hot news topics with award-winning podcaster Dave Cawley   (42:23) November 11, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by podcast colleague Dave Cawley, host of the award-winning investigative reporting podcast Cold. We dive into the political divide, redistricting, courtroom news coverage, and honor our veterans. 
Addressing society’s mental health crisis with Darin Carver and Justin Lee   (40:25) November 05, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Jasen and Amy are joined by Justin Lee, Asst. Professor of Social Work at Weber State University, along with Darin Carver, Associate Clinic Director at Weber Human Services. They discuss how communities can approach mental illness and mental health in a more constructive, compassionate way […]
Sheena McFarland opens up about being a student in a blatantly racist public school district   (40:09) October 27, 2021
On this episode of the Loudmouth Project’s Voices of Reason, Amy and Jasen are joined by Sheena McFarland, who was a student in the Davis County School District, which recently entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to remedy severe racism and harassment of Black and Asian American students. She endured a […]
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.