Throw it Away OR Thrift Store? Most Throw it Away

85% of the clothing, shoes, etc. of middle class America ends up in the trash. Even people with intentions of taking it all to the thrift store still end up chucking it. MacKay Crookston saw this problem. So he created an app, called Giveit, where people can get rid of their junk in minutes. It’s simple: you take a picture of your junk, leave it in a bag on your doorstep, and somebody comes by to pick it up. On this week’s show, we not only interview MacKay Crookston, but we actually downloaded the Giveit app and tried it out. And it works! In just a few hours someone’s going to pick up some old shoes and clothes that have been sitting around in Sean’s house. You can download the app here.

But how does MacKay plan on making money with this business? In asking this question we learn something unexpected: thrift stores (like Good Will and the DI) don’t donate clothes to developing countries. They sell it to them. And donating clothing to a third world country is actually a bad idea. Why? Well, listen to the podcast to find out.

The Solution to Homelessness

The number of homeless people in the US is actually increasing as affordable housing is harder to come by. So what’s being done? For answers, we turn to someone who has been working on this problem for nearly 20 years. Celeste Eggert is the Director of Development for a Utah-based organization called The Road Home. Her organization, in collaboration with several other Utah organizations, has helped put Utah on the map as a role model for considerably reducing chronic homelessness. She explains what it takes to actually get people out of the streets and back into the community. She also addresses an age old question: Is it bad to give money to panhandlers?

Thousands of Kids Won’t Have Christmas, Unless…

Last year, Coins for Kids provided Christmas to thousands of kids who would otherwise go without presents. Sean Sevy, who was a former Santa for the organization, interviews radio host Carl Lamar, one of the organization’s pioneers. They talk about how a small idea at Carl’s radio station in 1990 is now a huge success for the close-knit Southern Utah community. While some kids simply want toys, Coins for Kids has provided for kids who lacked basic necessities: a pillow, warm clothes, and even a hearing aid. For more information on this organization, visit coinsforkids.net

 

 

The Urinal Splash-Back Problem: Solved

When men use urinals, pee splashes everywhere. Dr. Tadd Truscott and Randy Hurd are engineers who have solved this problem with urinal inserts also known as “urine black holes.” We talk with these fluid dynamics experts on what got them talking about the splash-back problem and how they solved it. Finally, we have a solution to a problem that has been around as long as men wearing khakis have used urinals.

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Trump’s Victory: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Last week was GOOD for Republicans, BAD  for Democrats, and UGLY for Facebookers. Trump’s victory had us searching far and wide to try to understand all of the ugly things showing up in protests and social media. We visited a protest where we talked to Muslim women holding up the sign “Muslims against Trump.” We phoned our Ugandan friend who had a lot to say about Trump’s victory on Facebook. Yes, there were a lot of ugly things last week, but we successfully found nuggets of good in the aftermath of this one-of-a-kind election.

Evan McMullin’s Political Other Half: Mindy Finn (Interview)

Most people view “Empowered Women” as a talking point for Democrats, but for Evan McMullin’s running mate Mindy Finn, it’s largely a conservative issue. In fact, “Empowered Women” is the name of Mindy Finn’s non-profit organization. Mindy tells us how her non-profit gives women opportunities to be leaders, entrepreneurs, and even politicians. If she does in fact become the next Vice President of the United States, she plans to further her influence she has already had as founder of Empowered Women.

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The Future of Energy: Renewables and…Tire Pressure? (Part 2)

Owning a solar panel can cut your energy bill, but guess what else will: inflating your tires. Dr. Jason Quinn gives us the pros and cons of renewable energy sources like nuclear, solar, wind, and hydro-power. His position on energy is shaped by his years of energy research as well as his love of the outdoors. This is part 2 of our series on energy. To see Jason’s TEDx talk, click here.

An Engineer’s take on Climate Change & Energy with Dr. Jason Quinn

We know what politicians have been saying about Climate Change and Energy, but what do scientists say? In this week’s interview, Dr. Jason Quinn gives us a fresh perspective on climate change, fossil fuels, fracking, and biofuels. This is part one of a two part series on energy.

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room: The Republican Party

Utah is now a swing state. A recent poll shows a three-way tie in Utah between Trump, Hillary, and the newbie in the race: Evan McMullin. All of this is the result some of the crazy things that have happened in the Republican Party in the last ten days.

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A Ugandan Perspective on Women Empowerment

Tina Kyambadde is a manager for over 60 Ugandan artisans for Musana International. Musana is a company where artisans craft jewelry in Uganda which is sold in the US. Their slogan is “Jewelry for Change.” The money generated not only employs these Ugandan artisans, but it is used to ensure that these women have basic needs such as education for their children. Women in Uganda face many forms of gender inequality in the workplace and education. Tina is out to change that. She believes that “women need to know that the best way to develop the world is by empowering women.” And she’s pulled it off. Dozens of women working for Musana International have gone from bleak circumstances to complete self-reliance. For more information on Tina’s organization, or if you want to buy some of this hip jewelry yourself, visit MusanaIntl.com.

France 101: From French Toast to French Kisses

A deeper look into France in light of next month’s one-year anniversary of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Almost one year ago, millions of Facebook users put a French flag filter on their profile picture to show solidarity with the people of France in light of the terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015. As next month will be the one year anniversary of these terrorist attacks, we believe that 11/13 will be commemorated much like 9/11. As 11/13 remembrance day is approaching, Un-Uninformed has taken the opportunity to explore a little more about France. We talk about French Fries, French Toast, and French Kisses. But we dig even deeper. We look into the context of last year’s attacks. We even explore the longstanding love/hate relationship between America and France.

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Podcast: Kendall & Sean on Trump & Hillary

A Presidential Mock Debate. The rules: only respond with Tweets.

Join the first episode of Un-Uninformed as Sean & Kendall do a mock debate of Hillary and Trump. The only provision is this: candidates must only use past tweets to respond to the moderator’s questions. This makes for a concise debate because responses are limited to Twitter’s 140-character limit.