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Glass Box Podcast

Join Bryce Blankenagel and Shannon Grover as we walk through deep Mormon doctrine and history, headlines in and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), and explore the lighter side of current events. We hope to provide good feels and a burning in your bosom that'll leave you wanting to download the next episode.
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Sep 29, 2021

We have a fun episode for you this week! We begin with a vicious anti-Mormon story about Henry Caswell (Caswall) and the Greek Psalter incident in Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo church. Hugh Nibley considered this one of the longest-running anti-Mormon stories and spent a good deal of print trying to debunk it (unsuccessfully I might add). Then we talk a Nic Cage movie from 2000, Gone in 60 Seconds because why the hell not. Then we wrap up with some happy news about recent cannabis legislation. Next few episodes are going to be pretty heavy so we wanted to keep things light and fun today. If you’d like to contribute to the next Miracle of Forgiveness segment concerning bishop’s interviews, please consider filling out the survey linked below or send us an email about your experience to glassboxpodcast@gmail.com

 

Bishop’s Interviews Survey: https://forms.gle/LrhBWKkyX8DeGanh8 

 

Happy news: https://www.marijuanamoment.net/u-s-house-approves-marijuana-banking-reform-as-part-of-defense-spending-bill/

 

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Sep 15, 2021

Bishop’s Interviews Survey: https://forms.gle/LrhBWKkyX8DeGanh8

The recent updates to the recently openly-published church handbook contain some fascinating details, some of which have stirred controversy and caused Mormons to leave the church! Shannon walks us through a few of the prominent changes and helps put them in context by comparing the 2020 Handbook to the 2006 Bishop’s Handbook. Then it’s off to the next segment of Miracle of Forgiveness. Spence tells us about repenting or perishing, abandoning sin, and awakening to sins we’re committing. He also spends some time justifying the holocaust and genocide of Native Americans after which he commits egregious sins against founding member of the church, Oliver Cowdery. Then we wrap with some happy news about the job market in climate studies and activism! Be sure to chime in for our survey about bishop’s interviews if you’d like to contribute your voice to the next segment of Miracle of Forgiveness. 

Show notes: 

Bishop’s Interviews Survey: https://forms.gle/LrhBWKkyX8DeGanh8 

Changes to Bishop’s Handbook: https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/general-handbook-update-december-2020 

Happy News: “No point in anything else!” Gen Z members flock to climate careers: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/gen-z-climate-change-careers-jobs 

Guest appearances: 

RfRx Religion Spotlight — Mormonism with Shannon Grover and Bryce Blankenagel : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkdUZcHQpM0 

God Awful Movies Podcast: GAM316, The Work and the Glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J56pgVYEOcY 

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Sep 1, 2021

Apostle, and glorified school teacher, Jeffrey R. Holland gave a speech at BYU recently titled The Second Half of the Second Century of BYU. It’s made waves within the community for its viciously anti-human and bigoted bend, but there are many deeper messages and a truly disturbing historical context for the speech. Let not the fire of muskets keep us from seeing the true evil within. After that we invite Devin Sunde onto the show to discuss his upcoming graphic novel, Love & Sects! See his kickstarter below. Then we round out the episode with a story of students standing and protesting on campus for a teacher who was the victim of bigoted school policy.

 

Show notes: 

 

The Second Century of BYU by Spencer W. Kimball

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/spencer-w-kimball/second-century-brigham-young-university/

This Time of Crisis: THe Race-Based Anti-BYU Athletic Protests of 1968-1971 by Gary James Bergera

https://issuu.com/utah10/docs/uhq_volume81_2013_number3/s/10418366

BlackLatterDaySaints race in the church timeline

http://www.blacklatterdaysaints.org/history

The Second Half of the Second Century of BYU by Jeffrey R. Holland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg36L1989Ss

 

Devin Sunde’s Love & Sects Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devinsunde/love-and-sects-the-complete-series 

 

Love & Sects: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/love-sects/list?title_no=80697&page=1

 

Happy News: Students walk out of class in protest of school forcing gay coach to quit: ​​https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/life/students-walk-out-of-class-in-protest-of-school-forcing-gay-coach-to-quit/ 

 

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Aug 18, 2021

Shannon brings us some interesting information derived from a recent study about feeling the spirit™. The study was conducted on a small population of believing Mormons which produced some interesting results. After that we jump into Miracle of Forgiveness discussing sins of omission and suicide. We wrap up talking about some new tech that harnesses water from the air!



Show notes: 

 

Main topic: 

 

Article on Jeffrey Anderson’s study: https://unews.utah.edu/this-is-your-brain-on-god/ 

Sunstone Podcast Episode 2: https://sunstonemagazine.com/sunstone-podcast-episode-2-jeffrey-s-anderson/ 

If you get goosebumps while listening to music: https://awarenessact.com/if-you-get-goosebumps-while-listening-to-music-your-brain-could-be-unique/ 

 

Brain connectivity reflects human aesthetic responses to music:  ​​https://academic.oup.com/scan/article/11/6/884/2223400?login=true 

 

Happy News: A new technology for producing water from air in Oregon: https://www.opb.org/article/2021/08/10/warm-springs-leaders-back-high-tech-in-struggle-for-safe-drinking-water/ 

 

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Aug 4, 2021

We decided it was time for us to prove we are actual human beings! Shannon and Bryce were able to attend the Sunstone Symposium in Sandy, Utah, along with our friend Julianne Briscoe, and we had an amazing time. We met extremely interesting people — both new friends and old friends — and learned new things that gave us some exciting ideas for us to explore on the podcast. We hope you enjoy our special episode! 

 

Show notes: 

 

Sunstone: https://sunstonemagazine.com/ 

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Jul 21, 2021

You read that right! Captain Moroni, known as Caesar No-Salad to non-Mormons, who participated in the treasonous Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building was arrested! We gloat over Nathan Wayne Entrekin’s arrest a bit, discuss the videos he recorded and sent to his mom that day, and take a high-level overview of how the DOJ and FBI are progressing with the unprecedented case. Then we discuss a book that’s great for factoids at cocktail parties and wrap up with discussing a public option broadband service in the works in Virginia.

 

Show links: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/roman-gladiator-costume-capitol-riot-trump-fbi_n_60f08b8ae4b022142cf67b8b?nbv&fbclid=IwAR1xI7tVLISCJ1qlVCDNTvRgU06lC6URR_KVkTkTI2QFmNppdNBEosDoXxg

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/capitol-riot-arrests-latest-2021-07-16/

https://www.insider.com/all-the-us-capitol-pro-trump-riot-arrests-charges-names-2021-1

https://www.usatoday.com/storytelling/capitol-riot-mob-arrests/

 

MOGP: On This Day In History Sh!t Went Down, by James Fell: https://bodyforwife.com/books/ 

 

Happy news: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/16/virginia-gov-northam-announces-plan-for-universal-broadband-by-2024.html

 

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Jun 30, 2021

Last December, the church made some changes to the bishop’s handbook that bear a closer look, poor beleaguered Bryce gets to take on the 3rd segment of MOF, and then we’ll relieve EVERYONE’s thoughts with some lovely news from Canada. And please, be prepared. Not only is this an incredibly long episode but we also need to give you a content warning. We will be discussing one of the worst chapters in MOF and it might be painful. Shannon will also be reading a bit from her mission journal. Get a punching bag ready, if you need it, tissues on hand if you need them, and remember to pause and walk away if you need to. We’re all in this together. 



Show Links: 

Main Topic: Policies On Prejudice, Seeking Info From Credible Sources Added To Church Handbook:  https://ksltv.com/451372/general-handbook/ 

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/general-handbook-update-december-2020 

Happy News: Canadian MP’s pass historic bill banning conversion therapy: https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/life/canadian-mps-pass-historic-bill-banning-conversion-therapy/ 



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Jun 16, 2021

This week’s show is a brief deep-dive into a lesser-known figure of American history and her connections to Mormon polygamy and the larger national women’s suffrage movement. We romp through 70 years of history through a few different vantage points and wrap it all together by discussing polygamy as one of the next social justice issues. After that, we review Love, Simon, a coming-of-age story of a closeted young man seeking validation in his experience, friendship and acceptance, and ultimately love. Then we wrap with happy news about a politician who changed their mind about something; who knew it was possible?!



Show Notes: 

 

Belva Lockwood: The “Nerviest Woman in the United States,” Who Became the Latter-day Saints’ Irrepressible Advocate and Friend by Melinda Evans

https://byustudies.byu.edu/?post_type=article&p=32394

 

Gaining, Losing, and Winning Back the Vote: The Story of Utah Women’s Suffrage by Brown, Watkins, and Kitterman
https://www.utahwomenshistory.org/2018/02/receiving-losing-and-winning-back-the-vote-the-story-of-utah-womens-suffrage/

 

Anti-polygamy Legislation

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/anti-polygamy-legislation?lang=eng

 

Women’s Suffrage timeline
http://www.crusadeforthevote.org/woman-suffrage-timeline-18401920

 

Edmunds Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmunds_Act

 

Edmunds Tucker Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmunds%E2%80%93Tucker_Act

 

How I Ran For the Presidency by Belva Lockwood
https://books.google.com/books?id=fKoTAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA728&lpg=PA728&dq=Belva+Lockwood+%22How+I+Ran+for+the+Presidency%22&source=bl&ots=bJCQKqvhNP&sig=ACfU3U1pkzmj6N3RD59jv5vBFNxDmF3M5g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjBgsCu9pDxAhVWsZ4KHZe1CoIQ6AEwEXoECB0QAw#v=onepage&q=Belva%20Lockwood%20%22How%20I%20Ran%20for%20the%20Presidency%22&f=false

 

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women’s Suffrage
https://www.npr.org/2011/03/25/134849480/the-root-how-racism-tainted-womens-suffrage

 

Happy News: Column: A conservative mayor heard tearful stories. They changed his mind about flying the rainbow flag: 

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-06-10/gay-pride-flag-fresno-mayor-jerry-dyer

 

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Jun 2, 2021

There was a recent announcement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that they are no longer performing time-only marriages in the temple. What? What even does that mean? Our main segment teases apart the marriage and sealing practices conducted in the temple and places this headline within a broader context while we opine on what it the larger plan at play might be. Then we dive into the pages of Miracle of Forgiveness, covering the first 3 chapters of introductory material. We round out the episode with a positive federal court ruling in Australia that bodes well for climate activists and future generations alike.



Show links: 

 

Mormon church will no longer perform time-only marriages in temple: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/05/25/latter-day-saint-leaders/ 

 

Mormon church eliminates one year waiting period after civil marriage: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-mormon-church-changes-marriage-policy-20190506-65mxeavi3rdkzgsp6byspavfwm-story.html 



Happy news: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/may/27/australian-court-finds-government-has-duty-to-protect-young-people-from-climate-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

 

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May 19, 2021

Today is a bit of a classic deep dive into early Mormon history, sort of. We crack open the pages of Rick Grunder’s Mormon Parallels (linked below; please pick up a copy) and investigate what was in the air of 18th and early 19th century America. Turns out, Joseph Smith was not an island and the Book of Mormon is very much a product of its time. Let’s see how Shannon does with my clever little game of Mormon or Not!? After that we review a graphic novel Joseph Smith in Space: May the Farce Be With You recommended to us by a lovely listener with a solid bead on our type of humor. Then we round out with some happy news about the Utah Supreme Court actually coming to the right decision for goddamn once!

 

Show links: 

 

Mormon Parallels by Rick Grunder sold directly by the author!
https://www.rickgrunder.com/parallels.htm

 

MOGP: The graphic novel Joseph Smith In Space: May the Farce Be With You, by Z.M. Thomas: https://smile.amazon.com/Joseph-Smith-Space-May-Farce-ebook/dp/B084326B9J/ref=sr_1_3 

 

Info on Z. M. Thomas: https://twincitiesgeek.com/twin-cities-geek-staff/z-m-thomas/ 

 

Happy news: Utah Affirms Transgender Right to Change Birth Certificates: https://apnews.com/article/utah-business-f27731c87eed5de4050d67e94661a1fc 

 

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May 5, 2021

For our main segment today, we do a brief deep-dive into the history of Asian-American immigration and public sentiment. Of course, we also analyze the Mormon angle with help from listener Adam Watanabe who is kind enough to share his lived experience. After that we dive into our next long-form analysis of Mormon-related texts with Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball. Then we round out the show discussing the first rent-ready 3D printed house in Amsterdam!

 

Show links: 

 

Main segment: 

 

New report finds 169 percent surge in anti-Asian hate crimes during first quarter:   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/new-report-finds-169-percent-surge-anti-asian-hate-crimes-n1265756

 

Hate crimes against Asian Americans are on the rise. Many say more policing isn’t the answer: https://time.com/5938482/asian-american-attacks/ 

 

Wythe Asian-American story is missing from many US classrooms: https://time.com/5949028/asian-american-history-schools/ 

 

Asian Americans Then and Now: 

https://asiasociety.org/education/asian-americans-then-and-now 

 

FDR establishes Japanese American Internment Camps: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_9066 

 

When mormons aspired to be a “white and delightsome’ people: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/mormons-race-max-perry-mueller/539994/ 

 

The Concept of “Race” Is a Lie: 

 

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-concept-of-race-is-a-lie/ 

 

Spencer W. Kimball, MoF
https://archive.org/details/spencerwkimballt00kimb/page/189/mode/2up?q=clark

https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/landing/prophets-of-the-restoration/spencer-w-kimball?lang=eng

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miracle_of_Forgiveness#cite_note-trib-10

https://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=2762815&itype=CMSID

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Ng-RpcpbA

 

Happy news: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/couple-elize-lutz-and-harrie-dekkers-move-into-europe-s-first-3dprinted-house-b932829.html?fbclid=IwAR2WiPw12qBCIxUF7dm7PkC8X1rZtMinc8DgL00QyTHHDEDbiZNO7zNHzwA

 

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Apr 21, 2021

Who wants something FUN today? We have had a few dark and depressing episodes lately that we decided we all needed a break. You need to see fun things to remind you the world really ISN’T on fire … yet. First we start with news out of Canada where BYUtv agreed to allow LGBTQ+ characters on their shows, then we discuss the movie Clue in Media of Great Price, and we end with a little happy news about the cellist Yo Yo Ma. 

 

Show links: 

 

Main segment: https://nowtoronto.com/movies/byutv-to-include-lgbtq-characters-following-a-warning-from-cbc 

https://campuspride.org/worstlist

https://policy.byu.edu/view/index.php?p=26&s=s314

 

MOGP movie, Clue (1985):  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088930/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt 


https://www.amazon.com/Clue-Eileen-Brennan/dp/B000KWLRL4/ref=sr_1_1 

 

Happy news: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/cellist-yo-yo-ma-gives-impromptu-performance-at-vaccine-clinic/ar-BB1eCaal 

 

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Apr 7, 2021

It’s that time of year again for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We managed to watch all of the April 2021 General Conference and have our analysis for you here. We’ll go over the more damaging points made by Oaks, Bednar, etc, as well some of the more odd moments. And if you’re a Patreon patron, you get to hear about the strange behavior of Eyring in his talk in the Saturday night priesthood session. There’s a lot to get through. Give yourself some time. 

 

Show links: 

 

Jana Riess Single Adults article https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2021/03/23/jana-riess-what-lds/

 

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Mar 24, 2021

We’re finally done with The Naked Communist!!! Instead of drawing it out for 2 more MoGP segments, we devote the primary segment to wrapping up NC with Cleon Skousen’s 5 questions and a LOOOONG speech in front of a Washington PTA. Then we finish our coverage of communism by reviewing the movie Trumbo about the Hollywood 10. Then we finish with some happy news about some Native American tribes administering surplus COVID vaccines.

 

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Show Links: 

 

Trumbo: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3203606/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

 

7 Components of Liberalism:  https://online.norwich.edu/academic-programs/resources/7-components-of-liberalism 

 

Friedrich Nietzsche : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche 

 

Dialectical Materialism: https://www.britannica.com/topic/dialectical-materialism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectical_materialism 

 

Igor Gouzenko: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Gouzenko 

 

Revolutions Podcast: https://revolutionspodcast.libsyn.com/ 

 

Happy News! https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/oklahoma-tribes-offers-vaccine-to-all-trnd/index.html 

 

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Mar 10, 2021

BYU recently released a report on racism and discrimination at the university campus including 26 recommendations to increase diversity. We read through the entire report so you don’t have to! We discuss their findings, the data presented, and what changes we can realistically expect to see as a result of the report. After that we discuss the 2005 George Clooney movie Good Night, and Good Luck. We wrap with some happy news about electric cars because if Shannon gets to share her passion for movies every two weeks then I get to bring another of my passions onto the show once in a while too!

 

BYU report links: https://news.byu.edu/announcements/report-race-equity-belonging

https://race.byu.edu/byu-committee-on-race-equity-belonging-instagram-story

https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-07-22/byu-committee-race-equity-belonging-connecting-community-189483

 

MOGP: Good Night, and Good Luck 

 

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433383/?ref_=ttqt_qt_tt 

 

Edward Murrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_R._Murrow 

 

Happy News: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/mar/01/fossil-fuel-cars-make-hundreds-of-times-more-waste-than-electric-cars



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Feb 24, 2021

We start today’s episode with a brief deep-dive into a rumored race riot of 1965 that never happened in Salt Lake City. It reveals troubling trends we’ve seen play out over the past year. Be sure to follow the link to read the article for yourself. Then we do our next installment of The Naked Communist with an eye looking to the future of the Communist takeover of America. Once again, it reveals trends which cannot be escaped when seen through a glass box. Then we round out with a happy story about Dolly Parton!



Show Links: 

 

The 1965 Race Riot that Never Happened by Christopher Blythe
https://publicsquaremag.org/editorials/the-1965-salt-lake-city-race-riot-that-never-happened/

 

45 Communist Goals: chrome-extension://oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm/https://cultureshield.com/PDF/45_Goals.pdf 

 

Socialism vs Communism, though they do get personal vs private property wrong: https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/glossary/socialism-vs-communism/ 

 

American Security Council: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Security_Council_Foundation 

 

Alien Registration Act or more commonly known as the Smith Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Act 

 

Happy News: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/dolly-parton-statue-capitol-tennessee-b1804214.html?fbclid=IwAR0f5b99qmfV_Yw5hvrr179FlGzDw1s1jc_IbQBsKLTiayA2_i150jhuqrc

 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod/posts

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

 

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Feb 10, 2021

Boundaries Part 2! In this episode we give you some listener feedback from social media discussions on the Boundaries Part 1 episode. We talk to two very interesting people —  Andrew Torrez and Kimberly Anderson — who give us various tools to help us make and keep our boundaries and we leave you feeling like your world is a little more under your control and safe. 



Show Links: 

 

Andrew: 

Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion, Dale McGowan: https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Beyond-Belief-Raising-Religion/dp/0814437419/ref=pd_bxgy_2/135-4281688-4905455 

Companion volume — Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief, by Dale McGowan: https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Freethinkers-Practical-Parenting-Beyond/dp/0814410960/ref=pd_bxgy_img_2/135-4281688-4905455 

 

Protect Every Child: https://protecteverychild.com

 

Proper Channels PLDSC Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zXcUQfuPaA&t=832s

 

Opening Arguments podcast: https://openargs.com/ 

Cleanup On Aisle 45 podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cleanup-on-aisle-45-with-ag-and-andrew-torrez/id1549502623 

 

Kimberly: 

Twitter: @KimberlyA_AMFT

TikTok: kimberly__anderson

https://flourishtherapy.org/kimberly-anderson/

https://sunstonemagazine.com/sunstone-firesides-podcast/

She’s also a frequent guest on https://latterdaylesbian.org/index.html

 

Online counseling: https://www.betterhelp.com/ 

https://www.seculartherapy.org/ 

 

Utah-based therapy services
https://mindfulcounselingutah.com/

https://www.cedarpsychiatry.com/

https://mormonmentalhealthassoc.org/

 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod/posts

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassboxpodcast/ 

 

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Jan 27, 2021

Special episode this week! Let’s talk about Boundaries: How the church and our TBM family and friends cross them and what we can do about it. We’ll introduce the topic then hear from a therapist and a listener about their interactions with the church and boundaries. We’ll jump into some of our survey data and round out the show with some of our own experiences. Finally, a big thank you to Braden for cohosting the podcast! You will be missed and cherished in all our hearts.

 

Show Links: 

 

Protect Every Child: https://protecteverychild.com

 

Proper Channels PLDSC Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zXcUQfuPaA&t=832s

 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod/posts

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassboxpodcast/ 


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Jan 13, 2021

Braden’s taking the week off so Shannon and Bryce spend a LONG episode going through a recent document dump by WikiLeaks concerning the Mormon church. After that we get into our next installment of the Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen. Shannon teaches us about Kruschev and Castro through the 1950s-60s. Then we wrap with happy news about the Georgia Senate runoff election. PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY ABOUT BOUNDARIES FOR THE NEXT EPISODE!!!

 

Show Links: 

 

Boundaries survey: https://forms.gle/Q53MpYqqdfBQQZ1b6 

 

WikiLeaks dump: https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/knvvuw/wikileaks_just_dumped_lds_files_pr_bombshell/

 

Hungarian Revolution of 1956: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Revolution_of_1956 

 

Nikita Khrushchev: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikita_Khrushchev 

 

Patrice Lumumba: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_Lumumba 

 

Remembering King and Lumumba: Two Martyrs of Our Time: https://www.theperspective.org/2005/jan/king_lumumba.html 

 

Cuban Revolution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Revolution 

 

General Fulgencio Batista: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulgencio_Batista 

 

Bay of Pigs Invasion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_of_Pigs_Invasion

 

Yuri Bezmenov 1984 interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgmg2VFX058

 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod/posts

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

 

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Dec 30, 2020

End-of-the-shit-year-of-2020 fun episode! We want to end the year on a high note and what better way to do that than to spend the entire episode talking about fun things! And what might those be, you ask? Some favorite movies and books, of course! 

 

Survey about BOUNDARIES!: https://forms.gle/bHUugqgdtiRxU9nw7 

 

Bryce: Movie: Parasite: https://www.imdb.comhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt6751668/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0/title/tt6751668/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Book: Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith:  How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic

 

Braden: Movie: Happiest Season: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8522006/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Movie: Jojo Rabbit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2584384/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

 

Shannon: Movie: The Truman Show: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

Book: Double Whammy, by Carl Hiaasen

 

Show links

Why Do We Go to the Movies?: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2001/sep/05/artsfeatures.arts 

 

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/08/03/neil-gaiman-view-from-the-cheap-seats-reading/ 

 

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman: https://www.amazon.com/View-Cheap-Seats-Selected-Nonfiction-ebook/dp/B00RLRLB26/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= 

 

Isaac Asimov on Fiction vs Science Fiction: https://explore.brainpickings.org/post/82036562960/isaac-asimov-on-fiction-vs-science-fiction-one 

 

Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith:  How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08KWN3VKF/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0 

 

Double Whammy by Carl Hiassen:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1538729520?ref_=dbs_m_mng_rwt_calw_tmmp_0&storeType=ebooks 

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

 

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Dec 16, 2020

We do a brief deep-dive into Book of Mormon archaeology, but probably not a story you’ve heard before. Thomas Stuart Ferguson was hired by BYU and the Mormon church to study Mesoamerica for ties to ancient Book of Mormon cities and artifacts. His findings will SHOCK you! Then we dive into the next installment of The Naked Communist with more background on post WWII history and the rise of fear and loathing of Communism in America. Finally we wrap with a feel-good story about a remote village in Canada supplementing their reliance on fossil fuels with tons of solar power!

 

Links:

 

Thomas Stuart Ferguson
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/how-mormon-lawyer-transformed-archaeology-mexico-and-ended-losing-his-faith

http://www.ancientamerica.org/library/media/HTML/1bvanve9/30.%20IN%20HONOR%20OF%20THOMAS%20STUART%20FERGUSON.htm?n=0

https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Book_of_Mormon/Archaeology/Thomas_Stuart_Ferguson

 

NWAF
https://byuorg.lib.byu.edu/index.php/New_World_Archaeological_Foundation#Assets_and_Administrative_Structure

 

Hitler’s invasion of Russia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barbarossa 

 

Harry Hopkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hopkins

 

George Racey Jordan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Racey_Jordan 

 

Lend-Lease —   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lend-Lease 

 

1936 Communist Constitution of Russia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_Constitution_of_the_Soviet_Union 

 

United Nations Charter: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_of_the_United_Nations 

 

Yalta Conference AKA Crimea Conference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yalta_Conference 

 

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg 

 

Happy News:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/indigenous-owned-solar-farm-fort-chip-1.5807721

 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

 

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Dec 2, 2020

The Mormon Moses, Russel M. Nelson, recently released a video to all the social medias about a new ad campaign the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is running. We discuss the video, the campaign as a whole, and some of our takeaways watching the campaign play out over the past week. Then, Braden tells us about “Yes, God, Yes!,” a coming of age story of a woman raised in a sexually repressive religion streaming now on Netflix. Then we round out the show with some happy news about the coming COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Happy news: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-vaccines-pfizer/pfizer-ends-covid-19-trial-with-95-efficacy-to-seek-emergency-use-authorization-idUKKBN27Y1HK?utm_source=reddit.com


Show Links:
Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

Nov 18, 2020

In light of a recent Twitter op-ed, we invite Dr. Cristina Rosetti onto the show to discuss a polygamist group in Utah (the Kingston Group) who’ve recently contributed to political campaigns, shot rifles with POTUS’s son, and opposed the decriminalization of polygamy which recently passed the Utah legislature. Rosetti helps us navigate the tumultuous waters of Mormon polygamy and discusses the recently-passed bill. Then we jump into our next installment of The Naked Communist before wrapping with some happy news about the recent Presidential Election.

 

Links mentioned in the interview:

https://cherishfamilies.org/?fbclid=IwAR1P2QDwOaqIonSZUAgpepQwrJ3CH1N5AU9_jIHXUBrdQs7s5OfFXs5GiQw

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostolic_United_Brethren?fbclid=IwAR0Hgna6chGnE7HbnBKPsVkXCwBBTRGNcYuaNw5b7MfWMhMFODarx7Ei_A4

https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/11/06/utah-attorney-general/?fbclid=IwAR0r7qQVu_WARC1bGwdDQWCSrszYpZ25eXAhBLmR8GvrNI853FgveH4cx2M

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Creek_raid?fbclid=IwAR18g9FS-5zcBzeHeGxxNG4oNBJ5MgfMOj_iVoAdzm0vmCd66WpKh4jcJZg

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45227157?seq=1&fbclid=IwAR0zfQsegBUAqAeNedCj8USTc2kq_0YWIL_mnuDp9OHgDiv21n0T5h5-t4c#metadata_info_tab_contents

 

Follow Cristina Rosetti here! https://twitter.com/CristinaMartaR


Show Links:
Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
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Nov 3, 2020

You heard it right, Justice Dallin H. Oaks said “Black lives matter”! Buuuuuuut, he said ‘but’ after it. We go top to bottom on Oaks’ recent BYU speech titled “Racism and Other Challenges” to see what slipped through the cracks and talk generally about masks, voting, protests, statues, and the works. Then we talk about “The Social Dilemma,” a new doc on Netflix about the problems of social media and how it has fueled and shaped modern politics. Then Shannon tells us about the Duwamish river in Seattle healing after 2 decades of environmental conservation efforts. Hey everybody, get out and vote!

 

Links:

James Randi Educational Foundation
https://web.randi.org/

 

Justice Dallin Oaks “Racism and Other Challenges”

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-oaks-byu-devotional-october-2020-talk

https://www.deseret.com/faith/2020/10/27/21536493/black-lives-matter-dallin-h-oaks-byu-devotional-first-presidency-latter-day-saints-mormon-lds?fbclid=IwAR0CAz_O_gyvg1-hybL4nVx-Z3XUpO_b1LP1fxhmRJxrQSc1mpZqM9bLGCc

 

Trump compared to Captain Moroni:

https://www.newsweek.com/mike-lee-donald-trump-captain-moroni-book-mormon-1543117

 

Happy news:

https://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-city-life/2020/10/sodo-s-duwamish-river-is-visibly-healing-seattle

 

Show Links:
Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

Oct 21, 2020

A whole episode about Ezra Taft Benson and Cleon Skousen! We invite Dr. Matt Harris, author of the recent “Watchman on the Tower; Ezra Taft Benson and the Making of the Mormon Right” along with friend of the show, Joseph Geisner, to discuss the life and influences of Mormon Prophet, Ezra Benson. A product of the red scare and McCarthyism, Benson rose to prominence as Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of Agriculture and continued to gain status as a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist general authority, eventually becoming prophet of the church in 1985. Arguably, no other individual has had more influence making Mormonism a conservative religion than Benson himself. Please pick up a copy of Matt’s book from Benchmark Books here: https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/ or ring them up and have them send you a copy at 801-486-3111. After that, we do our next installment of Cleon Skousen’s “The Naked Communist” with added context from the interview. Then we round out the show with some happy news about high early-voter turnout during our important 2020 election.

 

Benson speeches:

https://sites.google.com/site/heavenlybanner/crtool

https://speeches.byu.edu/speakers/ezra-taft-benson/

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson/safety-face-danger/

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson/lds-church-politics/

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson/jesus-christ-gifts-expectations/

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/media/video/2013-05-1250-ezra-taft-benson-documentary?lang=eng

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/ezra-taft-benson/people-world-celebration-iran/

 

If you HAVE to buy the book from Amazon, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Watchman-Tower-Benson-Making-Mormon/dp/1607817713

 

Happy news: https://www.voanews.com/episode/coronavirus-fuels-unprecedented-early-voting-us-4451251

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