Utah’s Opioid Epidemic – with Angela Stander Ito (Part 1)

In Utah, opioid overdoses have killed more people than car accidents and gun deaths combined. In this episode we talk about the origins of the opioid epidemic both in Utah and throughout the nation. Joining us is Angela Stander Ito from the Utah Department of Health to give us some of her insights as she fights on the front lines of this epidemic.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on the opioid epidemic. Part 2 will air next week, where we will be talking about some of the solutions to this epidemic.

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How to Become an Extremely Successful Leader – with Dr. Sunnie Giles

We all know that some companies make it and some don’t. But then there are those few companies that kick butt when it comes to being extremely successful and implementing radical innovation. There’s a science behind all of this. Joining us on this episode of Un-Uninformed is Dr. Sunnie Giles who has dedicated her research to this science. In fact, her new book is called The New Science of Radical Innovation. In this interview, Dr. Sunnie Giles gives Sean Sevy some of the secrets from her book on how to become a leader that can create a company as successful and innovative as Google.

Dr. Sunnie Giles’ new book is coming out April 10, 2018. For more information on purchasing this book, click here.

Also, Sean Sevy has done a book review on the book. Check it out here.

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New Season: Guns, Opioids, & Innovative Leaders

After a three-month break, Un-Uninformed is back with a new season that will knock your socks off. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • How to be a leader that can create a kick-butt company like Google. We talk to Dr. Sunnie Giles about her new book The New Science of Radical Innovation.
  • The Opioid Epidemic. We talk with Angela Ito from the Utah Department of Public Health. The conversation is being recorded next week, so please let us know your questions about the opioid problem.
  • How Politics + Music can create the dialogue we need in our harsh political environment. To get a preview of this unlikely combination, check out Phillip Bimstein’s TEDx talk where he talks about his experience as a mayor with a background of being a punk rocker.
  • Guns. We talk to two law professors on opposite sides of the gun debate. To get a head start on our conversation, check out the book that these two experts wrote together here.

This is going to be an awesome new season of Un-Uninformed. But it would be awesome-er if you contributed to the conversation by asking us your questions. Leave us a voice mail or text at 513-INFORM-U.

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Being Muslim in Utah – with Maysa Kergaye

Almost a quarter of the people in the world are Muslim.  But how much do we really understand Islam and Muslim culture here in America?

Joining us in this episode is Maysa Kergaye, the coordinator for the Islamic Speaker’s Bureau here in Salt Lake City, Utah. She frequently reaches out to the community in helping people understand her religion and culture. But not only does she talk about being Muslim, but about her unique experience being Muslim in Utah (which state is often known for its Mormon majority). It turns out, she’s found so much in common with her Mormon neighbors that she can’t think of a place she would rather raise her family. Join us in this conversation where we talk about religion and culture and dispel a few rumors.

Is Religion Destroying World Peace or Creating It? – with Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Many of the greatest conflicts in our world have been attributed to religious differences. So if religion has often been attributed to the cause of conflict, is religion creating world peace, or destroying it?

To answer this question we attend the Global Peace and Spiritual Life Lecture Series where the keynote speaker is Elder D. Todd Christofferson, an Apostle from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

But we also bring in another prominent voice on the show: the late John Lennon, who imagined a world of no religion as a means of having world peace.

So is religion destroying world peace or creating it? Listen to an Apostle and a Rock Star and we’ll let you develop your own opinion.

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The Solution to Bad Internet Companies – with Jeff Christensen

We’re having a conversation about why your internet sucks. But the internet doesn’t suck, your internet company does. Your internet is open and free to the world, but your Internet Service Provider (ISP), is surprisingly closed and lacking in innovation.

This week, Jeff Christensen talks with Sean Sevy about how his company called EntryPoint has created a huge disruption in the industry. Consider this: What if you could simply go online and switch your ISP within 30 seconds? It would create a world of competition and innovation rather than monopolies and poor customer service. But can this ideal actually be implemented? It can. In fact, it already has been implemented. Jeff Christensen has introduced this disruptive model in Ammon, Idaho and, as expected, it drove down costs and fueled innovation.

Jeff and Sean shared the stage at TEDxSaltLakeCity, wherein Jeff talked about this ISP innovation. His talk is called: “The Internet Disruption Every City Needs.” Check out his TEDx talk here: https://youtu.be/vELWXp3OOUA

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How We Might Be Discriminating Against Disabled People- with Romel Mackelprang

We’ve talked about racism and sexism, but today we’re talking about ableism–the discrimination against disabled people. In this episode we have a conversation about ableism with Dr. Romel Mackelprang, the Director of Disability Studies at Eastern Washington University. So how has society discriminated against disabled people? Here’s one: something called Inspiration Porn. This is when disabled people are only found in our media as objects of inspiration to make other people feel like they don’t have it so bad. It’s porn because one group of people (disabled people) are objectified for the benefit of another group of people (non-disabled people).

Listen to this episode to learn more about how we can do better and how public policy can do better to make disability discrimination no longer a thing.

This conversation was recorded at an event in Salt Lake City called Think Again. For more info on these events, visit: https://thinkagainslc.blogspot.com/

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What Happens When Jailbirds Run – with Isaac Wood

Next week, Utah State Prison will be having their prison marathon. As you would expect from any running event, the inmates have been training hard. And they have the rare opportunity of having a coach from one of the highest ranking cross country teams in the nation. BYU cross country coach Isaac Wood has been helping inmates prepare for this annual running event since 2015, and has seen outstanding results. This event is record breaking, and it’s not because of the impressive race times. Rather, it’s record breaking in that these people who are often labeled as disappointments get the scarce opportunity of drastically exceeding their own expectations. They get to become something great even while confined in the walls of the prison.

In this episode, Isaac Wood explains how he has seen these inmates change as well as how this experience has changed him. If you want to get more running stories and stats from Isaac Wood, check out his popular blog, The Wood Report: http://citiusmag.com/wood-report-introduction/

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Empowering the Homeless (through Haircuts)

What can we give to homeless people? Food? Money? How about: Haircuts. Joining us on the show is Leslie Kawai, who is a board member and Gala Events chair for an organization called Care-Cuts. We talk about how offering homeless people haircuts is not just a nice thing, but something that creates job opportunities and–most importantly–gives people confidence and dignity.

Care-Cuts has impacted hundreds of people on the streets of Salt Lake City, but we take a deeper look at what’s causing this success. We also ask how everyday individuals can help the homeless with both long and short term needs. If you would like to get involved, here are some useful links:

Care-Cuts website: www.care-cuts.org
FB group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/carecuts/

Event page for Care-Cuts Gala on November 18:
https://www.facebook.com/events/721835664671049/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

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A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith & Family- with Tom Christofferson

Tom Christofferson is a gay Mormon. To many, this is a conflict that cannot be reconciled. But for Tom, it’s not that simple. His personal journey brought him away from being an active Mormon years ago. But most recently, his journey brought him back to being a full-time member of the church. In this episode, Sean Sevy joins a group called FaithAgain, where Tom Christofferson is the guest speaker. Tom candidly shares his experience with a group of Mormons–many of which are struggling with the conflict of having family members who identify as LGBTQ while also being devoted members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In this episode, we address some of the issues of being committed to both faith and family. For more on Tom Christofferson’s story, consider purchasing his new book That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family. It can be purchased here: https://deseretbook.com/p/cd-that-we-may-be-one?variant_id=155907-paperback

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A Conversation About Racism- with Cheryl Neufville and Sean Sevy

Racism is hard to talk about. But we did it. Sean Sevy and Cheryl Neufville had a candid conversation about how racism is experienced and what we can do about it. This is the second time that Cheryl Neufville has been on the podcast. The first time Cheryl was on the show, she only briefly talked about how she experienced racism as the conversation took a slight tangent. But now, we’re taking on the issue head on. Here are some of the questions Sean asked Cheryl:

  • How have you experienced racism?
  • How much of racism is inherent and how much is taught?
  • Why can’t we all just get along?

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Compassionate & Conservative: Can we do both?- with Marco Díaz

Many people believe compassion and conservatism mix just like oil and water. But Marco Díaz says NO. Marco Díaz has been heavily involved with the Utah Republican Party and he talks about how compassion and conservative can not only coexist, but they can in fact complement each other.

In our political climate where there’s a scarcity of compassion on both sides of the political aisle, here’s at least one example of how we can see more compassion in politics. But is compassionate conservatism just a nice fluffy ideal? Find out what Marco Díaz has to say about that.

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Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: Are We Disconnected from those Affected?

Armando Porras is a Spanish Teacher for students experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. To Armando, cancelling school for the pending storm at first seemed like a good chance for a break. But (of course) it wasn’t. The storm hit harder than expected and Armando went from a full-time teacher to a full-time volunteer in disaster cleanup. In our interview, Armando contrasts the Hurricane’s effects on the rich and the poor–both of which he has a close relationship with.

We also talk with Rich Woodruff, the Utah Regional Director of Communications for the American Red Cross. He gives us some pointers on how we can contribute to the relief efforts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. If you would like to donate or get involved with the American Red Cross’ relief efforts, visit: redcross.org

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The Role of Women in Engineering

A typical Engineering graduating class only has a handful of women. And often we see even less women in the actual engineering force. So how do we address this? That’s a question that the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is constantly asking. Joining us in this episode are two women heavily involved with SWE: Amy Jo Moore and Emilie Murphy. We talk about what it’s like to be a women engineer in a world often catered to male engineers (i.e. the engineering building only has a Men’s bathroom). We talk about issues like the female to male pay gap. And we talk about what SWE is doing help women fight the often uphill battle of being a female engineer.

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Taco Stands: Models for Exceptional Customer Experiences-with Scott Porter

Scott Porter has been to hundreds of taquerías (aka taco shops) across North America and he’s learned a few valuable lessons. It turns out that the secret to the universe when it comes to exceptional customer experiences can be found in the taquería experience. Scott Porter joins Sean Sevy in a random taquería near Salt Lake City, Utah called Tacos Mi Caramelo. It just so happens that this restaurant is a perfect model for the types of exceptional customer service experiences that Scott has been preaching about for years. And these principles are not limited to the restaurant industry. Businesses across the world from tech startups to taco shops have been successful with customer satisfaction as they’ve nailed a few of the principles covered in this episode.

Join us in this episode where we get to be foodies and entrepreneurs at the same time.

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