The Takeaway

Mormon Church Struggles to Move Forward

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thousands of Mormons are struggling with issues of same-sex marriage and the ordination of women. And one prominent figure in the Mormon Church is under fire for giving them a voice.

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The Takeaway

Mormon Church Confronts Its Uncomfortable Past

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the first time, the Mormon Church has officially acknowledged the full extent of prophet Joseph Smith’s polygamy. Is the church being forthcoming or is this just a cynical PR move? 

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Salt Lake City, UT: Updating Tradition

Friday, June 06, 2014

When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.


Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The Home Stretch Edition

Saturday, November 03, 2012

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists discuss the political impact of Hurricane Sandy and the state of the presidential race going into the final weekend. Then on the Culture Gabfest, our panelists discuss Twitter as both hyperlocal newswire and social media rumor mill during Hurricane Sandy.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Frankenfest Edition

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, Jody Rosen and David Haglund discuss Twitter's role in Hurricane Sandy, the new ABC drama "Nashville," and Haglund's piece on Mormon intellectuals.


The Takeaway

Election 2012: When the Enthusiasm Fades

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sometimes we’re madly in love with our candidates, but sometimes that love fades. That's been the case for Hermene Hartman, an Obama supporter from Chicago.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: After Romney's Despicable Birther Joke, Is Mormonism Fair Game?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"A reporter asked me this week what kind of underwear I prefer. I wear Fruit of the Loom boxers. I’m not sure what kind of underwear Mr. Romney wears."

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On Being

Joanna Brooks — Mormons Demystified [remix]

Thursday, August 23, 2012

oanna Brooks has become a go-to voice during our national inspection of Mormonism in this presidential campaign. She opens a window on Mormonism as an evolving and far from monolithic faith.


On Being

[Unedited] Joanna Brooks with Krista Tippett

Thursday, August 23, 2012

oanna Brooks has become a go-to voice during our national inspection of Mormonism in this presidential campaign. She opens a window on Mormonism as an evolving and far from monolithic faith.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Falling in Love with Joseph Smith

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jane Barnes tells how, when she was working on the PBS Frontline/American Experience special series "The Mormons," she found herself passionately drawn to the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. In Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet Barnes describes moving from secular curiosity to the brink of conversion to Mormonism. She explains coming to respect the innovative American spirit that lies at the heart of Mormonism.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Adam Gopnik and Avi Steinberg on how Mormonism is going mainstream.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Adam Gopnik and Avi Steinberg on how Mormonism is going mainstream.



Mike Gerle: American Mormon-International Mr. Leather

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Mormon kid becomes "International Mr. Leather"


The Brian Lehrer Show

On Mormonism

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Joanna Brooks, senior correspondent at Religion Dispatches, professor at San Diego State University and the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith, gives a progressive, feminist look at the role of Mormonism in America as a Mormon in light of the recent Bloomberg Business Week cover. 

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The Takeaway

Black Mormons on This Year's Presidential Election

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Whether you love or hate politics, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to identity and culture, this year’s presidential election is truly historic. The incumbent is, of course, half black and thus, a racial minority. The challenger is Mormon, and thus, a religious minority. What if you’re one of the one million Americans who is both black and Mormon? How does identity factor in? Two African-American Mormons join us today to share their thoughts.

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The Takeaway

Marco Rubio's Mormon Past Comes to Light

Friday, February 24, 2012

Senator Marco Rubio generated a lot of positive buzz at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in January. A dynamic young catholic Latino from Florida, Rubio charmed crowds with his sense of humor and looked like he could be the perfect young vice-presidential candidate. However, on Thursday BuzzFeed broke the story that Rubio was, for a few years of his life, Mormon.

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The Takeaway

Why Some Mormons Don't Support Romney in Arizona

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mitt Romney has had a hard time garnering support among social conservatives. But since he's a minister in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, you'd think that unanimous support among Mormons would be a given. That's not the case in Arizona, where strict adherence to Mormon teachings have led some to adopt libertarian views — and support Ron Paul.

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The Takeaway

An 'Inside Look' at Mitt Romney

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Many modern political dynasties are built on "like father, like son." However, Mitt Romney's cautious presidential bid in many ways highlights how he's different from his old man. In 1967, former Michigan Governor George Romney candidly revealed that he had changed his stance on the Vietnam War with the remark, "When I came back from Vietnam, I had just about the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get." Most pundits agree that this remark effectively ended George Romney's 1968 presidential campaign.


It's A Free Country ®

Mormons Ambivalent about Romney Spotlight

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Republican caucus in Nevada yesterday by about 25 points, helped in part by Mormons, who made up more than a quarter of the voters who turned out.

This big win cast against renewed scrutiny of Romney's silence about his faith. Frank Rich castigated Romney's silence on his faith in last week's New York Magazine. "Romney's very public persona feels like a hoax because it has been so elaborately contrived to keep his core identity under wraps,” Rich wrote in the article, titled “Who in God's Name is Mitt Romney?”

Over the weekend at Columbia University, scholars and students — Mormon and not — were asking the same question. But the broader concern was what Romney's presidential run means for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and more than a few described deep ambivalence about this new spotlight.

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It's A Free Country ®

SC Voters Reserved Over Romney's Mormonism

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It’s gotten dirty down here in the South: When South Carolina Republican voters were prompted with questions about the GOP candidates' values, Romney’s religion came up again and again.


The Takeaway

With Romney in Lead, LDS Leaders Launch Mormon Marketing Campaign

Friday, January 06, 2012

According to a June Gallup poll, 18 percent of Republicans say that they would not vote for a Mormon. But for their part, Mormon GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are often quiet about their faith. Both know they need the GOP evangelical base, many of whom are fearful of the Mormon Church and don't believe Mormons are true Christians. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently launched a $4.6 million ad campaign to combat that sentiment, showing members who come from all walks of life.

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