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104: Missionary Health

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Heather, Nick, Tierza, and Bart discuss the recent online controversy regarding the barriers some missionaries face when they need medical care. References and Links Sick and Far From Home by Mark Joseph Stern Sick RMs Website Are Mormon missionaries being denied health care? How Slate dropped the ball by Jana Riess LDS Newsroom Statement

95: The Honor Code and FreeBYU

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Nick hosts an interview and panel discussion with Heather and Brad, one of the FreeBYU organizers, about the honor code and the efforts of FreeBYU to bring religious freedom to all students at BYU. Links: The BYU Honor Code Website The FreeBYU Website Ernest Wilkinson and the Transformation of BYU’s Honor Code ’65-71, by Bryan(…)

90: Mormon Expositor Weighs in on Religious Freedom and Gay Rights

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Nick hosts a panel discussion with Craig, Mark, and Heather about the church’s recent press release regarding religious freedom and gay rights. Links: Mormon Leaders Call for Laws That Protect Religious Freedom LDS Press Release: Note to Journalists on News Headlines TribTalk: LDS leaders Oaks, Christofferson on religious freedom, LGBT rights All Things Considered: Mormon(…)

88: The Cross-Orientation Marriage Phenomenon in Mormonism

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Heather is joined by Derek and Stacey to discuss the phenomenon of “cross orientation” marriages within Mormonism. Derek also shares his story and explains how contemplating that lifestyle impacted him during his journey of self discovery. Links: TLC Network: My Husband’s Not Gay LDS Newsroom: Church Responds to Questions Regarding Upcoming TLC Program Stacey’s Story(…)

84: Did Members Really Know About Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

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Nick, Kate Kelly, and Alison discuss the LDS church’s recent press release claiming that the details of Joseph Smith’s polygamy are widely known and the membership’s backlash against people who are shocked by recent lds.org essays on the topic. They explore whether or not this information has been widely available and end up discussing the(…)

81: Mormon Expositor Reviews “Meet The Mormons”

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Nick, Maren, and Brandt review the church’s recently released “Meet the Mormons” movie. Relevant Links: Brandt’s Official Review: Movie Review: Meet the Mormons Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How the Berlin Wall Worked The Emmett Smith Story: part 1 and part 2