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

Who Is Worthy? Mormon Youth Interviews, Sex, And Shame


Wednesday, we’re talking about Mormon worthiness interviews with writer Elna Baker. She explored her experience with a sexually explicit one-on-one interview for the radio program This American Life.

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Wednesday, we’re talking about Mormon worthiness interviews. These conversations with lay-clergy determine if Mormons can enter the Temple, go on a mission, or attend Church-run universities. And even for pre-teen members the questions can be sexually explicit and sometimes traumatizing. This weekend, writer Elna Baker explored her own experience for the public radio program This American Life. She’ll join us to tell her story and the stories of other women who have gone through this experience.


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.
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