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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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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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