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

Mormons and American Politics

Thursday, our guests are political scientists David Campbell and Quin Monson, co-authors of a new book that explains Mormons’ place in the American political landscape. Some facts they outline won’t come as a shock, like that Mormons are primarily conservative. But there are surprises in the research. For instance, there are more Republican LDS Church members than ever before, and the numbers seem to be growing. We’ll talk about what makes Mormons tick politically, how America responds, and what it teaches us about faith and politics.

  • On Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. David Campbell, Professor of Political Science at University of Notre Dame, will deliver the University of Utah Tanner Humanities Center's 2014 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture. The event is free at the City Library in downtown Salt Lake City. For more details, click here
  • On Friday, Campbell and Quin Monson, Assoc Professor of Political Science at BYU, will be part of a panel discussion on their book. Other panelists include Allison Pond, national edition editor of the Deseret News, and Patrick Mason, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University.  That's at 11:00 a.m. in room B192 of the Joseph F. Smith Building at Brigham Young University.
  • Campbell and Monson are co-authors, along with John C. Green of The University of Akron, of Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics [Indiebound|Amazon]
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.