Episode 39: Mormons and Critical Race Theory

Six decades after _Brown_, five decades after the Civil Rights Act, has America evolved into a post-racial utopia where racism mostly doesn’t exist? But if that’s the case, then what could explain the persistence of troubling demographic gaps in wealth, education, crime, and dozens of other indicators?

In this podcast, Kaimi joins Janan, Trine and Danielle to discuss some of the explanations set out in a branch of progressive scholarship called Critical Race Theory (and Critical Race Feminism).

Our panel points out some of the gaps in the traditional liberal narratives about race (as well as some troubling racial dynamics in early feminism), and then focuses on responses by Critical Race Feminists, especially Kimberle Crenshaw and intersectionality theory. We also talk about ways in which women of color are depicted in the media (with a special shout-out to classic Mormon Polynesploitation cinema), and whether Mormon female identity is coded white; and we set the stage for extended discussion of family roles in Part II.


Video mentioned and briefly featured: Johnny Lingo via the Mormon Channel


Episode 38: Meet Margaret Young

Join Lisa as she interviews BYU professor Margaret Young about her life and marriages, her work as a writer and filmmaker and her latest project the Heart of Africa movie.


Margaret Young has written lots of books, essays, scholarly articles, and has made a few films. She would mostly like to be known as a mom who goes to 12-step with her son. (She attends “family support”.) She has held her daughter for hours during that daughter’s panic attacks. She is well-acquainted with eating disorders. She has been divorced and knows what it’s like to be a single mom. She has the honor of being her dad’s chief foot rubber and is grateful for the bonus time provided by dialysis. She is not as beautiful as her mother, but is okay with that. One of her sons is a better writer than she is, and her oldest daughter will possibly become the best singer in the United States. That daughter is also a domestic marvel, something Margaret always intended to be but never managed. Margaret and her husband, Bruce, have been happily married for twenty-six years, though they were married twenty-seven years ago. The first year was pretty bad. She wants people to view the splash page of her current project at www.heartofafricafilm.com
Get ready to support Margaret’s latest project, the Heart of Africa movie.

Episode 37: Meet Emma Hale Smith Bidamon, part two

Join historian John Hamer as he and Lindsay discuss Emma Smith’s marriage to Joseph, the martyrdom and Emma’s new marriage and life in the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints. Listen to part one here!

Links mentioned in this podcast:
Lindsay’s “Forgotten Women of Joseph Smith” series

Todd Compton’s book, “In Sacred Loneliness.”

John Hamer’s new and exciting slideshow on “The History of Community of Christ.”

Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery (Jun 1, 1994)

Emma Smith My Story, Trailer

Episode 36: An Elect Lady, the Story of Emma Smith, part one

Join renowned historian John Hamer as he honors the life of Emma Smith by telling her history with Lindsay.

John Hamer is the publisher of John Whitmer Books and past President of the John Whitmer Historical Association (the Community of Christ’s equivalent of MHA). In Mormon studies, John has produced maps for the LDS Church Historian’s Press, Herald Publishing House, Greg Kofford Books, the Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historic Studies, the JWHA Journal, and Restoration Studies, among others. John’s ancestors joined the early church seven generations ago in 1833 and his own family history is intertwined with many expressions of the Restoration (Brighamites, Josephites, Rigdonites, Whitmerites, and Strangites). John’s research focuses on the history of these different groups. He is the co-editor of Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism and the co-author of Community of Christ: An Illustrated History. John is married to Mike Karpowicz. They recently moved to Toronto, Ontario, where they attend the Community of Christ’s Bathurst Street congregation.

Book mentioned in this podcast:

“Mormon Enigma” by Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery (Jun 1, 1994)

Opening credit:
Youtube video, Emma Smith: A Mormon Woman of Faith – Joseph Smith

Episode 34: What We’ve Learned From Lavina- Whom Do You Worship?


Whom do you worship? Join Lindsay, Kaimi, and Matt as they discuss values of the institution vs. values of the gospel and how much emphasis we place on both and the tension between the two, using Lavina Fielding Anderson’s essays as a field guide.

Links mentioned in this podcast:
Lavina’s essay, The Ambiguous Gift of Obedience

Lavina’s essay, Jesus Wants Me For A….