August 23, 2012

Web-only Interview with Joanna Brooks

In the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, Krista Tippett interviewed Joanna Brooks as Mitt Romney was about to become the party's presidential nominee. We followed up from our previous conversation to see if circumstances had changed since the primaries. Ms. Brooks says that Mormon culture continues to be stretched in interesting ways, deeper than politics.

» A White Knuckle Moment for Mormons (Aug 15, 2012)
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Another white-knuckle moment for Mormons this year surrounding the comments of theologian and Brigham Young University professor Randy Bott. The outcome prompted the LDS church to take an official stand on racism

» Politics and Moral Bearings (Aug 15, 2012)
» read more and listen (mp3, 5:40)
How faith should inform politics, "In the public sphere religion has been weaponized around a very few political issues."

» Mormonism Emerges from Isolation with Growing Pains (Aug 15, 2012)
» read more and listen (mp3, 4:31)
The role of the internet on reducing cultural isolation and how Mormons deal with the new pressure to be open.

» On Balance, Media, and Religion (Aug 15, 2012)
» read more and listen (mp3, 5:45)
"I've also weighed the balance between projecting a hopeful positive progressive Mormonism and the reality that in many places, that kind of Mormon experience is not available to people."

» Finding Latitude in Mormon History (Aug 15, 2012)
» read more and listen (mp3, 3:11)
"An expansive hopeful Mormonism finds latitude for expression within and without the LDS church corporation. The more latitude we can find in our own history to tell our stories, the more hopeful I think we can be."

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