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The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons. For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy. Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com

The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons. For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy. Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com
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The series follows the Mormon faith through the lens of “The Principle of Plural Marriage” from its genesis in 1831 with its originator Joseph Smith, through the hidden history and governmental pressure, to today and contemporary practicing Fundamentalist Mormons. For the first time polygamy is dissected through a feminist viewpoint, with attention given to the experiences of the women, women who sacrificed everything and suffered long and are never mentioned in museums or landmark tours. Their experiences, along with interviews with experts, sc20140302_130747holars, historians, and those still affected directly by the practice, paint a new portrait of how the west was shaped, by the hard work and toil of these invisible women, hidden away through controversy. Through Hansen’s careful work, we see how the practice of polygamy affected every aspect of the LDS church’s formation and is still a shadow hanging over the church, visible in it’s approach to marriage, the role of women, and the temple ceremonies. Instead of the historical footnote polygamy is often treated as, Hansen shows how this practice, started in secret and a direct cause of Joseph Smith’s death, responsible for driving the saints to Utah, and then outward again to Mexico and Canada, the root of power struggles both in the church and out, the cause of suspicion and eventually violence including the Mountain Meadows Massacre, was an instigator to most of the history of American West. For the first time, The Year of Polygamy shows how the west was settled not only to claim land and mineral rights, but in a very real way to control the bodies and sexuality of women in a way that reverberates today. Find our more at YearofPolygamy.com

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Episodes

Episode 170: The Development of Mormon Temple Rituals, Part One

1/17/2019
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Join Lindsay as she interviews temple historian Devery Anderson, Stanford scholar Cynthia Bailey Lee, and fundamentalist scholar Cristina Rosetti as they discuss the history of Mormon temple changes. Links mentioned in this podcast:Cynthia’s blogpost on BCC: Thank You, Sisters: an Honor Roll of those who made the temple changes possible Devery’s Books: Development of LDS […]

Duration:00:48:58

Episode 169: Conversations across the Aisle With Bryan Hyde

12/24/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews conservative talk show host Bryan Hyde about how to model hard conversations. Links mentioned in this podcast: Bryan Hyde’s Radio Show and Network Bryan Hyde’s interview with Julie Rowe

Duration:01:12:30

Episode 168: When Fundamentalism Goes Really Wrong, Part Two

12/9/2018
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Join Lindsay as she and scholar Cristina Rosetti discuss the second part of when Mormon Fundamentalism goes wrong, including the stories of Arvin Shreeve, the Lafferty brothers, and Knights of the Crystal Blade. Part one can be found here. Links and reading mentioned in this podcast: Newsweek article on Arvin Shreeve Deseret News reports […]

Duration:00:52:36

Episode 168: When Fundamentalism Goes Really Wrong, Part One

12/8/2018
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Join Lindsay and Cristina as they discuss the case of Brian David Mitchell. This is part one of a two-part episode. Links mentioned and referenced in this podcast: THE MAKING OF IMMANUEL: BRIAN DAVID MITCHELL AND THE MORMON FRINGE By John-Charles Duffy City Weekly Article on Brian David Mitchell The Utah Bee articles on […]

Duration:00:47:05

Episode 167: The Council of Fifty

10/12/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews historians Jedediah Rogers and Cristina Rosetti about the Council of 50 minutes. Links mentioned in this podcast: Purchase the Minutes and Book Joseph Smith papers on the Council of 50 By Common Consent’s take on the Council

Duration:01:43:32

Episode 166: Sermons: Plurality of Wives—The Free Agency of Man

9/16/2018
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Join Lindsay as she hosts a sermon given by Brigham Young, delivered by actor Micah Nickolaisen. Link to the sermon: Plurality of Wives—The Free Agency of Man

Duration:00:21:44

Episode 165: The Handcart Companies

9/12/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews Joe Geisner about the Martin and Willie Handcart Company experience and how it relates to polygamy. Links mentioned and read in this episode: Kirsten Erickson’s experience Brigham Young’s One Mighty and Strong Statement South Pass: Gateway to a Continent by Will Bagley “ONE LONG FUNERAL MARCH”: A REVISIONIST’S VIEW OF […]

Duration:01:35:37

Episode 164: Mormon Women, Sexuality, and Reproduction (Part Two)

9/8/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews scholars Cristina Rosetti and Sara Vraneš about the history of sexuality and reproduction for Mormon women. Links and books mentioned in this podcast: Rediscovering the history of Midwives The Relief Society magazine : organ of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints A Gift […]

Duration:03:04:55

Episode 164: Mormon Women, Sexuality, and Reproduction (Part One)

9/6/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews scholars Cristina Rosetti and Sara Vraneš about the history of sexuality and reproduction for Mormon women. Links and books mentioned in this podcast: Rediscovering the history of Midwives The Relief Society magazine : organ of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints A Gift […]

Duration:00:58:02

Episode 163: The Dixie Wine Mission

8/31/2018
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Join Lindsay as she discusses the history of Utah’s “Dixie Wine Mission.” Links and articles mentioned and read this in this episode: Dennis R. Lancaster’s BYU Dissertation: Dixie Wine Mission A Frontier Life book about Jacob Hamblin History of John C. Naegle and family Dennis Lancaster’s Sunstone article on the Wine Mission More about Naegle Isabella […]

Duration:00:54:47

Episode 162: History of the Word of Wisdom (Part Two)

8/21/2018
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Join Lindsay as she talks about the history of the Word of Wisdom, following the death of Joseph Smith to the modern observances of LDS people today. Links mentioned and read in this episode: Marijuana , Mormon Racists , Mexican Bandidos, and Crazy Queen Carlotta BEFORE THE BEARD: TRIALS OF THE YOUNG JOSEPH […]

Duration:01:37:02

Episode 161: History of the Word of Wisdom

8/20/2018
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Join Lindsay as she covers the early history of the Mormon idea of the “Word of Wisdom.” Links mentioned or read in this podcast: Clair Barrus’ research draft on Word of Wisdom History of the Word of Wisdom by Scott Kenney Fair Mormon’s take on Joseph Smith drinking in Carthage Clair Barrus’ website

Duration:01:08:03

Episode 160: Ross LeBaron and the Church of the First Born

8/14/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews researcher Antonio Trevisan about the life of eccentric prophet, Ross LeBaron. Links mentioned in this podcast: Trevisan’s website about Ross Fred Collier’s website Discussion about Tom Green’s trial at Sunstone Article on the Law of Adoption

Duration:01:09:57

Episode 159: William Smith, Not Quite a Prophet

7/14/2018
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Join Lindsay as she and Bryan Buchanan discuss the life and shenanigans of William Smith, younger brother to Joseph Smith Jr. Links mentioned or discussed in this podcast: William B. Smith: In the Shadow of a Prophet Sisters of Joseph Smith Connell O’Donovan’s work on William Smith

Duration:01:09:34

Episode 158: Augusta Adams Cobb (and other Boston Mormon Women)

7/8/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews historian and biographer Connell O’Donovan about the life of Augusta Adams Cobb, the “Lioness of the Lord,” plural wife to Brigham Young. Links mentioned in the podcast: Before the Beard: Trials of the Young Joseph F. Smith The Flag Augusta Cobb and Eliza Snow sewed. Augusta Adams Cobb on Findagrave […]

Duration:02:44:21

Episode 157: Black Mormons in Massachusetts

7/1/2018
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Join Lindsay as she speaks with Dr. Mica McGriggs and Dr. Gina Colvin to discuss the history of early black Mormons in Massachusetts and the development of Brigham Young’s ideas on race. Links and sources mentioned and used in this podcast: Connell O’Donovan’s research Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black […]

Duration:01:21:20

Episode 156: Massachusetts Mormonites

6/25/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews editor and researcher Bryan Buchanan about the life of Samuel Brannan. Links and work mentioned and referenced in the podcast: Connell O’Donovan’s site O’Donovan’s work on early Boston Mormons Scoundrel’s Tale: The Samuel Brannan Papers Paypal Connell to support his work: odonovan@ucsc.edu GoFundMe for Connell

Duration:01:24:47

Episode 155: Mormon Feminists and Polygamy

6/25/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews Nancy Ross and Sara Hanks about Mormon feminism, how they contextualize polygamy, and their new book, Where We Must Stand: Ten Years of Feminist Mormon Housewives. Links mentioned in this podcast: Feminist Mormon Housewives blog Purchase the book here

Duration:01:12:55

Episode 154: Leonard Arrington and Fundamentalism

6/12/2018
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Join Lindsay as she interviews Mormon historian Cristina Rosetti about famed LDS church historian Leonard J. Arrington and his interactions with Mormon fundamentalists. Links mentioned in this podcast: Buy the diaries here! Article about the new edited diaries LDS Church Archive John Taylor’s “Hidden” Revelations

Duration:01:17:17

Episode 153: Turning the Mic on Lindsay

6/5/2018
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Join Sara Burlingame of Wyoming Equality, as she interviews Lindsay Hansen Park, host of the Year of Polygamy podcast about her journey hosting this podcast. Scholars mentioned in this podcast: Todd Compton Brian Hales Laura Hales Kathleen Flake Linda King Newell Valeen Tippetts Avery D. Michael Quinn Richard S. Van Wagoner Newell Bringhurst Craig […]

Duration:01:18:17