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Web Extra: On the History of LDS Temple Garments

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Recently we talked about about LDS temple garments and the Mormon women who aren’t comfortable wearing them. We’re also interested the history of these garments.

The idea came from a recent New York Times piece written by Ruth Graham. She wrote about the way that, for some women, the garments don’t fit, don’t breathe—they even create medical conditions or aggravate existing ones. For the history of LDS garments, we turned to the historian Benjamin Park. He’s an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University and the author of Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier.

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.