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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

The Book of Mormon Girl

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Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with writer and scholar Joanna Brooks, known for her progressive but generous observations of Mormon culture. She was raised devout, but left the LDS Church for a time when she couldn't reconcile her feminism and intellectual curiosity with the faith of her childhood. Her story is somewhat unique for this plot twist though, she went back. Brooks joins Doug to talk about her memoir, "The Book of Mormon Girl." (Rebroadcast)

Joanna Brooks is chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She blogs about Mormonism at Ask Mormon Girl and at the online magazine Religion Dispatches. Her memoir is called The Book of Mormon Girl [Amazon|Indiebound]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.