796-797: LDS Church Purchases Printer’s Manuscript of Book of Mormon for $35M and BYU Now Serves Coke

Mormon Stories Book of Mormon, Church History, Current Events, Joseph Smith, Word of Wisdom 10 Comments

With dueling “breaking news” events on September 21 within Mormondom, John tackles both topics with guests John Hamer and Wesley Monahan. At a hefty price tag of $35M, the LDS …

788: BYU Athletes, Provo Police, and the Honor Code

Mormon Stories Current Events, Mormon Culture, Top 12 Race 12 Comments

In this episode of Mormon Stories, we hold a panel discussion with Dr. Darron Smith—author of When Race & Religion Collide: Black Athletics at BYU and Beyond, Ryan McKnight—MormonLeaks publisher, and …

785-786: Jon Ogden – Author of “When Mormons Doubt”

Mormon Stories Apologetics, Book Club, Church History, Faith Promoting Stories, Progressive Mormonism, Top 25 Faithful 25 Comments

In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview Jon Ogden—author of When Mormons Doubt.  Jon describes how his faith crisis blossomed during his LDS mission and time at BYU and …

783-784: Jason Echols of Reddit /r/exmormon

Mormon Stories Community, Current Events, Ex-Mormon Stories 7 Comments

In this two-part interview we sit down with Jason Echols – one of the founders/pioneers of the exmormon subreddit (/r/exmormon). For tens of thousands of questioning, doubting, and post-mormons, the …

777-778: Losing the Lamanites – Gabriel Misla (Puerto Rico)

Mormon Stories Blacks & The Priesthood, Book of Mormon, Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Top 12 Race 7 Comments

Continuing our series on “Losing the Lamanites,” we interview Gabriel Misla from Puerto Rico.  In this interview we cover: Gabriel’s experience joining the Church as a young man in the …

775-776: Mormon Stories Interviews Fired BYU-I Professor & LGBT Ally Ruthie Robertson

Mormon Stories Current Events, LGBTQ 22 Comments

Ruthie Robertson ignited a nationwide firestorm when she revealed she was fired as an adjunct professor at BYU-Idaho for an LGBTQ-supportive Facebook post on her private page.  During these episodes …

762-764: Natasha Helfer Parker – Mormon Sex Therapist

Mormon Stories Marriage & Family, Mental Health, Progressive Mormonism, Sexuality, Top 15 Mental Health, Top 25, Top 8 Sexuality 14 Comments

In this three-part series on Mormon Stories, we interview the fabulous Natasha Helfer Parker, MFT, CST — host of Mormon Mental Health podcast — to finally hear her “Mormon story.” This interview covers: …

754-756: Jen Parkinson – Living in a Mixed-Orientation and a Mixed-Faith Marriage

Mormon Stories Ex-Mormon Stories, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family 9 Comments

We are excited to release an interview with Jen Parkinson that has many fascinating components, including: Her devout LDS upbringing and bout with perfectionism while a youth and as a …

653-656: Omar and Nancy Kader – The Journey of a Palestinian Boy Raised in Utah and His Amazing Wife

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Ex-Mormon Stories, Politics, Race, Top 12 Race, Women & Feminism 51 Comments

Dr. Omar Kader was born in Provo, Utah to Palestinian immigrants. HIs father was a devout Muslim and a disabled World War I vet who owned a successful Provo fruit …

627-628: Black Athletes at BYU with Darron Smith, Ph.D.

John Dehlin Blacks & The Priesthood, Race, Top 12 Race 79 Comments

When Race, Religion, and Sport Collide tells the story of Brandon Davies’ dismissal from Brigham Young University’s NCAA playoff basketball team to illustrate the thorny intersection of religion, race, and …

579: Mark Juergensmeyer (sociologist) Explains his Reasons for Boycotting BYU over Religious Discrimination

John Dehlin Current Events 40 Comments

In this episode sociologist and scholar Mark Juergensmeyer, Ph.D. explains his reasons for boycotting Brigham Young University over its policy to expel LDS students who lose their testimony of the …

Bonus: BYU Accreditation Meeting with Students (April 2015)

John Dehlin Current Events, Faith Promoting Stories 31 Comments

On April 15th, 2015 six board members from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities met with over 100 current and former Brigham Young University students to get the most authentic feedback …

507: Free BYU — Religious Freedom and Faith Transition at Church Schools

James Patterson Ex-Mormon Stories, Mormon Transitions 65 Comments

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long affirmed the importance of religious freedom, even issuing a press release in 2013 declaring that “it is the right to …

501-502: Kirk Caudle on Mormon Studies, Working for BYU-Idaho, Resigning, Apologetics and More

James Patterson Apologetics, Ex-Mormon Stories, Faith Promoting Stories 24 Comments

Kirk Caudle, known for his Mormon Book Review podcast (which was, at one time, officially affiliated with BYU’s Maxwell Institute), made headlines over the summer when he resigned from the …

418: Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America with Craig Harline

Heather Olson Beal Book Club, LGBTQ 1 Comment

As the 8th feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series, we feature Craig Harline and his book Conversions: Two Family Stories from the Reformation and Modern America, accompanied by …

416: The Street-Legal Version of Mormon’s Book with Michael Hicks

John Dehlin Book Club, Book of Mormon 4 Comments

As the 7th feature of our Mormon Stories Book Club series, we feature Michael Hicks and his book The Street-Legal Version of Mormon’s Book, accompanied by podcast host Heather Olson …

264-265: BYU Professor and LDS Church Employee Kendall Wilcox Comes out as Gay

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Missionary Work 97 Comments

Kendall Wilcox is a lifelong member of the LDS church, returned missionary, BYU graduate, filmmaker, BYU professor, producer for BYUTV… and he is (now) an openly gay man AND an LDS …

188-190: The LDS Church, Proposition 8, Cary Crall, BYU, the Daily Universe and Censorship

John Dehlin LGBTQ, Top 25 LGBT 36 Comments

In this live-streamed interview, we had a few special guests… Cary Crall — The BYU student who wrote this letter to BYU’s Daily Universe which was later pulled from the …

112 & 113: Joanna Brooks Parts 1 and 2

John Dehlin Best of Mormon Stories, Women & Feminism 27 Comments

I recorded my first podcast in some time last night w/ professor, author and mother Joanna Brooks.  Joanna was a very important figure in the uber-controversial BYU Academic Freedom days of 1990-1993…and …