RadioACTive: February 18, 2020

  • February 18, 2020
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Don Tamaki on Alternative Facts and the Coram Nobis of Executive Order 9066 that saw the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans during WWII. Plus, U Giving Day meets sustainability literacy, #ThePeoplesBusiness with League of Women Voters of Utah and the YWCA, UMOCA's Year of the Woman with Guerrilla Girls, and Zines for Change with Steampunk SLC and SLCC Community Writing Center.

Tonight’s lineup:

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt and Emerson Andrews of the UoU’s Sustainability Office, which works to ensure that all graduates of the University of Utah have a deep understanding of systems thinking, sustainability, and how their chosen profession plays a role in the creation of a healthy planet.

  • Feb. 25-26: U Giving Day. Alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty, and staff will unite for 1,850 minutes in honor of the U's founding year to celebrate, engage, and make an investment in the future of the university. By making a gift during U Giving Day you are helping to imagine more for students, health care, the arts, athletics, and the greater community.

We’re half-way through this year’s General Session of the Utah Legislature. Tonight’s report on #ThePeoplesBusiness came from Catherine Weller of the League of Women Voters of Utah and Erin Jemison of YWCA Utah.

Laura Hurtado of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, which is celebrating the Year of the Woman. Earlier this month, the museum opened an exhibit by the Guerrilla Girls, an all-female artist collective that assumes the names of dead women artists and wears gorilla masks in public to conceal their true identities and focus on issues rather than personalities. They use facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose gender, racial, and ethnic bias, as well as corruption in art, politics, film, and pop culture.

  • March 9: Guerrilla Girls Artist Lecture, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple, SLC. Recommended for ages 8 and up. No babes-in-arms. All patrons must have a ticket regardless of age. Art images that contain nudity may be used in the presentation. Click here for tickets.

STEAMpunk Academy and the SLCC Community Writing Center are teaming up for Beyond The Gate: Zines For Change. RadioACTive found out more with the center’s Melissa Helquist and Sky Hatter of STEAMpunk, which creates S.T.E.A.M. events and activities in the community that are radically inclusive, howlingly irreverent and wicked smart.

  • Feb. 19 & 26: Beyond The Gate: Zines For Change, a two-part workshop exploring zines created by Japanese-Americans incarcerated at the Topaz internment camp near Delta, Utah. Hosted by SLCC Community Writing Center and STEAMpunk Academy. Although free, registration is required. Click here for information or call 801-957-2192.

A RadioACTive conversation with Don Tamaki, who served on the legal team which reopened the 1944 U.S. Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, overturning his criminal conviction for defying the removal of almost 120,000 Japanese-Americans. The reopening was based on newly discovered evidence from the Justice Department, Navy, FBI, and FCC which had been suppressed from the Court, admitting that Japanese Americans had committed no wrong and posed no threat. 

  • Feb. 22: Free screening of ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066, 11:30 a.m. at the Utah Association for Justice, 645 S. 200 E., SLC. This is a one-hour documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Post-film Q&A with Prof. Lorraine Bannai, coram nobis attorney for Fred Korematsu; Filmmaker Jon Osaki; and Irene Ota. Free and open to the public. To reserve a bento lunch for $12, email


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Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer
  • Community Co-Host: Amy Dominguez
  • Volunteer: Risshan Leak