The Mansion Metaphor, and Donuts Galore

  • April 15, 2024
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April 15: Day 1 of Stories From the Other Side, a collaboration between rising journalists from the University of Utah, graduates of The Other Side Academy (TOSA), Amplify Utah, and KRCL's RadioACTive.

The Mansion Metaphor. Team Cool Girls and Zach—student journalists Sofia Kelson, Nathalia Montoya, and Zach Robinson—dive into the stories of women at TOSA, headquartered in Armstrong Mansion on the northwest corner of 700 East and 100 South in Salt Lake City. Currently, TOSA is home to 126 people, yet only 13 are women. This story focuses on their stories and how living in the mansion is a metaphor for overcoming addiction, incarceration, and homelessness.

  • With the help of TOSA Manager Tori Randall, the team was able to interview two of the founders—Celia Grenny and Lola Strong—and several of the women in the program. Through the stories of Jessica, Amberlee, Jewell, and Tristan, you’ll tour the beautiful residence-turned-school and hear about their lives living and working at TOSA.

Donuts Galore. University of Utah journalism students Isaac Dunaway and Thatcher Patterson share their experience visiting the kitchen of The Other Side Donuts, with help from The Other Side Village's Robbie Myrick. They spoke with residents and employees Moe, Gideon, Lee, and Nicholas about the difficulties of their pasts, building a new life, and opening a donut shop. And it's the new life that comes first.

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Guests' views, thoughts, or opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Questions, comments or suggestions for the show? Email and put “Stories from the Other Side” in the subject line. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Executive Producer, Host: Lara Jones
  • Academic Advisor, Host: Marcie Young Cancio, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah;  Executive Director of Amplify Utah
  • Mansion Metaphor: Student journalists Zach Robinson, Nathalia Montoya, and Sofia Kelson; TOSA's Tori Randall
  • Donuts Galore: Student journalists Thatcher Patterson and Isaac Dunaway; The Other Side Academy graduate Robbie Myrick, who also manages The Other Side Village's Prep School
  • Production Assistant: Connor Estes