RadioACTive: April 24, 2019

  • April 24, 2019
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Waterford UPSTART's Audacious plan, AutCon on women and autism, Poet Rob Carney, rehab or bust with DA Sim Gill and Equilibrium

Tonight's lineup:

Waterford UPSTART, a school-readiness project providing access to early education for underserved and unserved populations across the country, has been named an Audacious Project. What does that mean for Utah kids, let alone the 2.2 million four-year-old children in the United States who do not have access to publicly-funded early education? RadioACTive finds out how Waterford UPSTART plans to dramatically scale their services across the country. Guests: Adrianna Thompson and Kim Fischer.

AutCon: An Unconventional Convention for Adults with Autism is May 10. Once again, RadioACTive passes the mic to Sarah Heuser and Kari Bushman of ScenicView Academy for Young Adults with Autism. This time, a conversation about women on the autism spectrum.

  • Click here to get your AutCon tickets and program information. It’s a one-of-a-kind convention designed for adults on the autism spectrum, to support both professional and personal networking, to provide accurate information, and to highlight services and resources available in the community. Presenters and panelists, all on the spectrum, will share their knowledge and personal experiences in an autism-friendly setting. ‚Äč

National Poetry Month, with Utah poet Rob Carney. Carney is the author of five books and three chapbooks of poems, most recently The Book of Sharks. He is a Professor of English at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.

Rehab or bust? Is there another way to treat alcohol/substance abuse disorder other than in-patient care? RadioACTive explored recovery oriented primary care with Dr. Amy de la Garza and Dr. Johnathan Bone of Equilibrium Clinic.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill joined in the treatment conversation from a law enforcement perspective. In light of Arbor Day this Friday, Gill also shared news of his office’s Environmental Crime Unit:

  • Over 1,000 cases have been investigated. Investigations have resulted in Misdemeanor and Felony investigations and convictions for Environmental Crimes.
  • More than 200 Notice of Violations have been issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department with penalties totaling over $600,000.
  • In 2016, the DA’s Office and the Health Department established the Environmental Crimes Fund. This allows Assistant District Attorneys to settle administrative Notice of Violations during the criminal process and reinvest penalties applied to the Environmental Crimes fund.
  • The Salt Lake County Environmental Crimes Task Force has expanded from 15-20 attendees to over 50-60 attendees. Members include: Environmental Protection Agency, the Attorney General’s Office, Division of Environmental Quality, local law enforcement, and others. The task force meets monthly to discuss violations in Salt Lake County and provide training.
  • The DA’s Office and the Health Department also hosts a bi-annual Environmental Crimes training for over 250 attendees.


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RadioACTive is a production of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah. Tonight's team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones   
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer
  • Community Co-Host: Nick Burns
  • Volunteer: Natalie Benoy
  • Intern: Isabella Sabala