348: Unravelling the Mystery of Utah Politics: Dr Roger Hendrix

For those who grew up in the ‘Mission Field’, Utah is often referred to as Zion. But, in the 2020 US Presidential elections, Utah seemed anything but Zion. Utah voted for the least Mormon person …

346: Laie, Hawaii: What the Haole Did There: Maoputasi Young

Are unique Mormon communities like Laie, in Hawaii worth celebrating?  Absolutely.  Mormon communities like Laie on Hawaii’s North shore, which are uniquely indigenous Mormon,  have made good homes that have been blessed by the confluence …

342: Polynesian Musings on White Supremacy: Maoputasi Young

In the wake of Joanna Brook’s book that starkly presented a case for Mormon white supremacy, Samoan Mormon, Tasi Young, BYU alumna and die-hard Cougars fan wrote to the Salt Lake Tribune asking for the …

340: Out from Under the Sacred Canopy: Prof. Rick Phillips

Professor Rick Phillips hails from Utah and has an impressive Mormon pedigree.  He was raised under the sacred canopy of LDS belief and faith.  And it was a good life, one that Rick remains nostalgic …

335: Mormonism and White Supremacy: Joanna Brooks

In this much-needed volume that follows the evolution of LDS Church thought about race from its earliest beginnings to its contemporary constructions, Professor Brooks seeks to account for a religious tradition that has never made …

333: Then I stopped listening to Rush Limbaugh: Steve Otteson

One of the great American phenomena is the enmeshment of religion and politics.   That relationship is never more present than in the Book of Mormon belt where being Republican is a matter of faithfulness.  From …

330: Covid-19 On the Navajo Nation: The Fatal Effects of Health Injustice: Jo Overton

The Navajo Nation has approximately 356,000 people living on the reservation, yet from the Navajo Times on Monday 27 April 2020 we read:  “As of Monday evening, there are 1,769 positive COVID-19 cases on the …

329: Utah In Pandemic: Ross and Mangleson

In this episode, my guests Nancy Ross (St George) Brittany Mangleson (Saratoga Springs) discuss the Utah response to COVID-19 including some of the philosophical, ideological and religious issues with which this disease intersects. Important Links: …

327: Science and Morality in a Time of Pandemic: Dr Joanne LaFleur

Dr Joanne LaFleur is Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Utah. Joanne has taken an interest in questions that lie at the intersection of science and morality.  In this state …

323: Making Money for Jesus: The LDS Church’s Untaxed Wealth: Mark Barnes

“When Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19), the term “lay-up” did not simply speak of having possessions, but of your possessions having you. “Lay up” could be better …