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Ex-Mormons And Psychedelics

Renee Bright

There’s a community of former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believe they’ve found healing and discovered a new sense of spirituality in magic mushrooms. 

For the past few months, RadioWest producer Benjamin Bombard has been gathering many of these people’s stories, and just about everyone he spoke with had something in common: They believe that the standards of their religion become impossible for them to meet. But after leaving the faith, they found that they missed the spiritual connections they once felt within the the religion. Psychedelics, they say, have reunited them with the divine in what they now feel is a more open community. And here’s the question at the heart of it: Is there something particular about Mormonism that primes people for profound psychedelic experiences? We’ll talk with Benjamin about his findings and we'll hear from a handful of psychedelic practitioners this Friday at 11 a.m.

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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