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Emily Kaplan On The Rise of the Liberal Latter-day Saints

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In a feature piece for the Washington Post Magazine, reporter Emily Kaplan writes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an institution “that has excelled at survival and, often, reinvention.”

Looking back at its nearly 200 year old history, Kaplan cites key moments in the Church's past when it made significant changes in its practices. When the Church was under threat from the U.S. government in 1890, then-prophet Wilford Woodruff banned the practice of polygamy — citing prophetic revelation. Such was the case in 1978, when a new revelation paved the way for Black men to receive the LDS priesthood. And today, in a church that values personal revelation from God, younger, liberal members may slowly be changing the character of the faith. We'll talk with Emily Kaplan this Friday at 11 a.m. about the future of the LDS church.

Airs: Nov. 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. MT and 7 p.m. MT.


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.