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BYU Radio is a talk radio station run by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  The talk format reaches into Brigham Young University's depth of academic experts and topics. The station's slogan, "talk about good," also reflects the station's mission to cover the broad spectrum of "good" topics which are regularly overlooked in political and religious talk programming.

Eight Ways to Help You Win in Life

by Alyssa Banks, a regular contributor on the Matt Townsend Show.

This week, we’re hosting Jeopardy! winner, Ken Jennings. In honor of him coming on the show, I wanted to focus on winning.

8 Ways to Help You Win in Life:

1. Wake up smiling. Okay, so that isn’t completely realistic, but when you wake up and realize you aren’t smiling, go ahead and show off those pearly whites. I’ve found it to be so much easier to enjoy my day when I’m smiling to deal with it. Issues seem to bring less stress when I’m smiling. Whether you believe it or not, I challenge you to try it.

2. Say ‘thank you’ to people: Expressing your gratitude helps others feel important, but it also helps you focus on the goodness that happens in your life on a daily basis. Your gratitude directly relates to your happiness.

3. Stop worrying about what other people think. There are endless lists of characteristics, belongings, and mannerisms you can change about yourself if you want to impress everyone you meet. Instead of enjoying the way your life is and loving yourself, you spend all your time thinking what the next person will think. This is a bad way to feel content with your life, though. Give yourself a break, and STOP.

4. Exercise. Not for your family or your friends or the next attractive person that walks by. Do it for yourself. This will not only keep you fit, but it will make you feel better emotionally and physically. It will also assist with the next to-do list you have to face since exercising typically gives people more energy.

5. Keep work at work. There’s always something more you can work on when you walk in the door to your home. Make a distinction between work and home, though. Spend time with your family, and give them your undivided attention. The time will present itself to finish your work (at work) when you realize you can’t bring it home.

6. Set goals. This sometimes seems like just another item on your to-do list. However, setting goals, and striving to achieve them, can bring a sense of satisfaction.

7. Let it go. Don’t let old grudges and arguments fester. The anger hurts you more than it hurts the person you’re upset with. Learn to let things go, and you’ll be amazed at how happy you become.

8. Say ‘I love you’ often: Say ‘I love you’ to the people you truly care about. People count on the latest conversation more than they count on your relationship status, meaning you can’t just say, “She’s my wife. She knows I care about her.” You need to show her that you care rather than assume that she already knows.

Sports and Recreation Week

Join us this week on the Kim Power Stilson talk radio show (3pm Eastern/1pm Mountain) where we will interview really cool humans about their favorite sports and recreation. Listen in as experts talk about their start in what would become their lifetime past time. 


Kick in on Monday (Aug 25) for Rugby 

Swing in on Tuesday (Aug 26) as we talk Golf

Wednesday is Koreball and Hang Gliding (Aug 27)

Batter up for Thursday to talk  Baseball (Aug 28)

Touch down on Friday for Football (Aug 29)

Please tune in to join us on SiriusXM 143 BYU Radio at 3:00 pm Eastern.  You can find us on and iTunes. 

Missed a show? Click on “Show” and scroll to the “Kim Poser Stilson” show page.  

10 Things Boys Should Learn Before Leaving the Nest

by Alyssa Banks, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show”

I decided to share with y’all a list of things I think all boys should be taught by their parents: 

1. How to treat a lady. A man who treats a girl well will never be out of style. 

2. How to play sports. Take that for what you will. 

3. How to participate in something they aren’t confident with. Whether he gets a little anxious singing in front of people, or he can’t stand playing pickup basketball, a boy should be taught to go outside his comfort zone and become confident with new activities. 

4. How to be a self-starter. It can be ever so tempting to be lazy and let things pass by without becoming much of anything. Being a self-starter will help with finishing daily tasks and accomplishing big goals. 

5. How to present himself. The world is becoming more technologically savvy, which means it’s more common to meet people who can’t carry a conversation face to face. The skill of presenting himself well will prove handy in more than a few situations. 

6. How to make a few meals. 

7. How to deal with his emotions in a positive way. Many boys are taught not to cry or show their emotions because it isn’t macho to be emotional. I’m not saying boys need to learn how to cry. However, boys have emotions they need to talk about, too. Learning to cope with them will prove to be helpful. 

8. How to be happy for others. It’s easy to get caught up with jealousy, especially when the next big thing is always coming out, and people around us are constantly doing well. If a boy is taught to be happy for others’ successes, he’ll be a great friend and solid man ready to take on anything. 

9. How to dream and take risks. Not everything needs to be perfectly planned. 

10. How to drop everything and have a good time. Work, school and life in general get stressful. Having the ability to take a step back and enjoy time with family and friends can be the thing that cures the sting.

Parents Need More Kudos Than They Get: 14 Reasons

by Alyssa Banks, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show”

1. They clean, wipe, brush, dress and feed you. Someone had to do it, and they wanted to be the ones. 

2. “Dolla dolla bill, ya’ll.” They spend thousands and thousands of dollars on you. The doctor and orthodontist appointments add up quickly. Soccer and piano aren’t going to pay for themselves either. 

3. They support their children in countless endeavors. Whether Tommy is chasing his most recent ambition of becoming the next Babe Ruth, or Emily just wants to grow up to be a princess, parents are their children’s number 1 fans. 

4. They choose to be the “bad guy” when no one else wants to. Children must be disciplined and scolded occasionally. Parents take on the responsibility of being the “bad guy” over the “friend” to protect and teach their children. 

5. They want to replace their children in times of need. I’ve heard my parents say time and time again that if they could go through hard times for us, they would. Watching a child suffer isn’t fun, and parents would rather take the child’s place than continue standing on the sideline. 

6. They watch dumb shows for their children. Barney wasn’t as entertaining for our parents as it was for us. Our parents chose to sit down and watch our favorite episode with us over and over. Even when they’d already memorized the plot and lines of every character in the episode, they supported their children’s obsessions. 

7. They embarrass you. This isn’t something that typically comes to mind when thanking parents. But the fact that they embarrass you simply means they care and want to be involved. 

8. Tears don’t dry by themselves. They cry with you when you fall short of a goal and help you feel like you can get back up and keep trying. 

9. (Thank you, Mom) They do your hair in high “fountain” ponytails and dress you up in clothes that you hated at the time. And then they take a picture. We look back at the picture and love it. Apparently “fountain” ponytails are adorable on little girls. 

10. (Thank you, Dad) They coach you in little league everything. Need help learning how to score a goal? They’re there. Wish you could hit the ball a little more consistently? They know. 

11. They’re your best friend even if they can’t be your age. When the friends fade away and decide they don’t want you as a friend anymore, parents say they still need another best friend. And only you can fill that role. 

12. They lead by example. Everyone has their off days and use the sentence, “Do as I say not as I do.” But on the big things, parents show their children exactly how to succeed by doing it themselves. 

13. (Thank you, Dad) They teach you how to work (and the spirit of competition). They don’t just let you win games when you’re little. It teaches you that no one is going to just hand over what you want. You’ve got to work for it. 14. They’re perfect just because they’re all yours. Another parent just wouldn’t have done it the same way, and that’s a good thing. Thank your parents for being the amazing old folks they are!

Things That Scare You

“Things That Scare You Week”

This week on the Kim Power Stilson Radio Show (3pm Eastern/1pm Mountain) we are sharing the stories of really cool humans who do things that you might find a little scary, you might not, but then again you will never know until you listen!

Mon., Aug. 11:  “Sharks!”

Surfs Up! Got your shark suit on? Today shark safety surfpreneur & professional surfer Veronica Greyof joins us! In addition to being a great surfer, she is known for her efforts to clean the ocean, for inventing the first shark repellent products, and appearing on more network TV interviews than any other surfer alive! Find out about her exciting life and her latest cause.

Tues., Aug 12: “UFO’s and Mothman!”

Travis Shortt is no stranger to the world of paranormal, developing an early interest in UFO’s and hauntings. Today, this paranormal researcher/documentary filmmaker will talk about a legendary moth-like creature reportedly seen in West Virginia in the in 1960’s, called Mothman. Learn about this legend and what has been discovered since.

Wed., Aug 13: “Lions!”

If you were face to face with a lion, would you be scared? Today, to continue “things that scare you week,” we will be talking about lions, with CEO of Born Free Foundation USA, and in the UK, Adam M. Roberts. Though the scariest part of the show isn’t the lions themselves, the real scare is, that the African Lion is currently facing the danger of extinction. Learn what’s threatening these strong creatures, and what can be done today.

Thurs., Aug 14: “Bigfoot & Bronies!”

Things that might scare you can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether they are “Big” or “little” sometimes makes no difference at all. First, Zane Torgeson joins the show to talk about his experience with the one and only BIG FOOT. Next, David Halliday, the leader of the BYU Bronies (a group of people who like the show “My Little Pony”), joins the show to share their really cool story, with special guest Dr. Wolf. You may or may not be too scared of Bronies, but we wanted to get them on the show. Have a little fun with us today.

Fri., Aug 15: Exotic Animal Experts

Two exotic animal experts are featured on the show as part of our “things that scare you week!” First, Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach for Animals, will talk about his award-winning documentary, “The Elephant in the Living Room,” that explores the “controversial American sub-culture of raising the most dangerous animals as common household pets.” Then, Animal Expert, David Enden will talk about his work with big exotic cats.

Missed a show? Click on the Kim Power Stilson show page.

First Kiss

by Sam Payne, host of The Apple Seed: Stories and Tellers on BYU Radio

Okay, here’s the scoop. Every once in awhile, our excellent and esteemed producers hand me the materials that will become an “Apple Seed” Episode and add something like, “We’re a few minutes short, and we’d like you to tell a story of your own in this one.” And along with that assignment comes a topic. And this week, that topic was “First Kisses.” Oh my. Pow. And so the floodgates of memory opened for me, and oh man. The assignment came, coincidentally, on the week of my 25-year high school reunion. So there’s that too. So I wrote a story about my first kiss, and this weekend I’ll go have dinner with all the people in the center and at the periphery of that memory.

The version of the story that went on the air was sort of a shortened version of what I’ll post here. The longer version has…well…more 80’s references.  Here’s the story:

Summertime, I suppose, is good for remembering a lot of things – the way the world slows down in summer, taste of ripe apricots, the glory of fireworks against the stars in the clear sky, the sharp chill of a leap from the hot air of a July afternoon and into the cold green of a river swimming hole. And it’s a great time for remembering first kisses, if they happened to happen in the summertime. Like I hoped, during that particular summer, that mine would. I had thought – prayed, even – that Amy Bennion might be my first kiss, ever since we slow-danced at the tri-city church ball, and “Careless Whisper” by Wham ended and found us still holding hands, nervously lingering that way through the many opening bars of “My Heart Goes Bang” by Dead or Alive. Some days later, I rode my bike to her house. It was three miles away, and I even dressed up – impossibly snazzy for a bike ride, but I pretended I was just casually dropping by on a regular old bike commute to somewhere else. To my cool job. Which I didn’t have. I stayed at her house for about five nervous minutes, through conversation so stilted as to leave us both stuttering. And then I rode back home, changed into more sensible clothes, and thought about what she smelled like, and what it might be like to kiss Amy Bennion.  I was fourteen.

The thing is, Amy and I would never have dared kiss each other. We substituted for it by talking nervously and righteously about the pettiness of the kissing that went on around us. We talked, or tried to, of real relationships being about more than kissing. Ours, we made ourselves believe, was a high and chaste road, filled with discourse about other people’s kisses. Hoping, I think both of us hoping – praying, even – that the other one might respond to a comment about kissing being a low substitute for a real relationship by saying “Unless, of course, it was you.” But neither of us, ever, had the courage.

And then, in July, I went to camp. I was gone for four days. And when I came back, I called Amy, and in another conversation that was working itself up to be about the righteousness of a kissing-free relationship – about the high road of a friendship that kept its lips to itself -- a conversation that like so many others was a sort of ecstasy of pious self-restraint, she said, in response to some comment about kissing being a low substitute for a real relationship, something she’d never said before. “Unless,” she said, “Unless, I guess, if two people really liked each other.” They weren’t the exact words I had imagined. Specifically, in those words, there was no direct reference to me. And there was no direct reference to me because I hadn’t been the one. Something had happened while I was away at camp. And I knew it in an instant. The conversation waned. And died. And that was it. We wouldn’t even see each other for the rest of the summer. And when school started, we might pass each other in the halls at school and smile politely, even as she held hands with – well, even now, the memory still smarts a little.  And the rest of the joys of summer – the taste of ripe apricots, and the fireworks against the clear night sky, and plunges into the green of the cool swimming hole – took on a sort of melancholy.

My first kiss, when it came, was on a windy day in the back half of a freezing winter. And it was Brenda Birch. And I was still fourteen. And there was no high and ascetic talk about the evils of kissing. She had asked me if I would wear Polo cologne if she bought me a bottle. And I had said I would, and she had bought me a bottle. And I had worn quite a lot of it. And I had ridden the school bus to her house. And her mom had served us hostess fruit pies on paper napkins in the kitchen, and then we’d gone downstairs to watch TV with her little brother. And during an episode of Thundercats, she kissed me. And I kissed her back. And as I left her house, I pulled on my jacket against the winter wind. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget – none of us will, maybe, how in the moment of that kiss the world slowed down, like it does in summer. And there were fireworks. And the taste of ripe apricots. And the thrill of leaping – of falling – into the cool green of a summertime river. For me, no matter when it happened, the memory of that first kiss will always be a memory of summer.

"Foodie Week" on the Kim Power Stilson Show

In honor of “Foodie Week” on the Kim Power Stilson Radio Show, we will start with a Seafood entrée, and end with a delicious dessert! First Chef Ivan Flowers joins the show, bringing 25 years of fine cuisine experience to the table, in addition to great seafood tips, with his philosophy of “Boat to Table.” Then self-made millionaire and winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Elfie Weiss, joins the show to talk about desserts as owner of Hotcakes bakery!

We are all about Summer Cooking! The former Executive Chef of New York’s Famed Waldorf-Astoria Chef John Doherty comes on to talk sauce savvy for Summer along with secrets to perfectly grilled meats! Then Kim Hanna CEO and Founder of, shares camp recipes that go far beyond the typical hot dogs and beans.

Continuing “Foodie Week” on the Kim Power Stilson Show, we are going international while talking about sushi and hummus! Yuen Yung, CEO of custom sushi shop "How Do You Roll?" accompanies Kim to share how he is taking sushi to a whole new level including non-traditional options of chicken, waffles, or beef in your rolls! Also on the show, Blake Wollman, Chick (pea) Magnet and owner of "The Wild Pea Hummous, shares the health benefits of eating hummus and what makes his company unique.

Oceans Apart

Last night at dinner, I offered the prayer before the meal and happened to mention the situation of a potential epidemic in West Africa. Why wouldn't I pray for a solution. Ebola is a scary thing, and I knew it was risky mentioning it around tender ears of the young children who could hear me: ages 1, 6, 7, 10, and 11. It’s always the younger kids in a family who have to grow up fast, because they always hear things that the older kids can process better. It’s a delicate balance.

Anyway, when you sit down to enjoy a meal together, to be nourished in a safe place with people you love, it’s easy to forget the global situation. If you have appetite for it, you can keep in the back of your mind that other people, in other situations, have it really, really bad. I guess it was a humbling, sobering prayer, and my children certainly seemed a little somber as well as keenly interested as they asked a bunch of questions about Ebola. Would the disease come here? What happens to you when you get it? Should we be worried? As parents, my wife and I steered the conversation toward the whole idea that we all need to care. Care about people generally. Care a whole lot about this situation (as with any situation where we know people are suffering). Still, to put my children at some ease while also teaching something about compassion—and to keep the conversation “age-appropriate”—I was able to say that there’s a really big, protecting ocean that separates us from Africa, the Atlantic Ocean. Ebola probably won’t cross. Probably.

It seems to me that big oceans divide people more often in ways that are not strictly geographic. We leave oceans, abstractly, between our experience and the experience of others. I don’t need to think about Ebola—it’s a world away with an ocean in between. I don’t need to think about children left in hot cars who die of the heat. That’s somebody else’s world—with an ocean in between. I don’t need to think about the violence in Guatemala that is creating a crisis of refugees coming to the U.S. border. Mexico may as well be made of salt water—an ocean of a country situated between me and the violent, extortion-practicing gangs of Central America.

You see my point. Closing the distance is what we’re really about here on the Morning Show and on BYU Radio, whenever we go after important stories. Making the oceans smaller, not pouring in new ones to preserve immense difference between ourselves and others. For grown-ups, it’s actually age-inappropriate for us to be looking for bigger oceans, hoping for barriers, seeking for some illusion of distance from the sufferings of others.

Life is short and precarious for so many people. When I see my children around the dinner table, I think of children at the U.S. border, children in Sierra Leone who may contract Ebola, children in Gaza who are daily in harm’s way. The oceans need to be smaller between us and people who suffer. No man an island … everyone a piece of the continent, part of the main. Something to learn about. Something to pray about.

--Marcus Smith

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