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

Latter-day Predictions

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Sunday night and Monday morning, a total lunar eclipse will give the moon a blood red appearance, a sign some say heralds the apocalypse. September 28th is also the anniversary of Julie Rowe’s near death experience. She’s a Mormon who’s gotten a lot of attention for her personal visions of the end times. So Monday, we’re talking about end of the world predictions: what inspires them, how different Christian groups imagine Jesus’ return, and how these ideas have played out among Latter-day Saints.


  • Jon Stone is Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach. His twelve books include Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy [Amazon]. He's also a contributor to the The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism​ [Indiebound|Amazon].
  • Matt Harris is Professor of History at Colorado State Universty, Pueblo. His forthcoming books include The Mormon Church and Blacks: A Documentary History, edited with Newell Bringhurst and due out in December. He's also writing two volumes on the late LDS Church president Ezra Taft Benson.

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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.