A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

April 14, 2022

Mormonism: Private Worlds, Secret Handshakes, and Sacred Underwear

Welcome to another exciting episode of "Is it a cult?" (Spoiler: yep!)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one of the world's youngest and fastest-growing religions. It's also completely bonkers. In this week's supersized episode, Shane and Duncan marvel at the sheer awesome silliness of Mormonism and recount the unlikely story of the church's enigmatic con-artist founder, Joseph Smith.


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In this episode:  

  • Joseph Smith
  • The Angel Moroni and the Golden Plates
  • Urim and Thummim
  • The Book of Mormon (Lehi, Nephi, Laman et al) 
  • Brigham Young
  • Nauvoo
  • Exoduses from: New York, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri
  • Revelation of Polygamy
  • The Expositor and the Death of Joseph Smith
  • Salt Lake, Utah
  • The Mountain Meadows Massacre
  • Missionaries
  • The Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah
  • Warren Jeffs
  • Tithing (Sacred Taxation)
  • The Artists Formerly Known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • The Endowment Ceremony
  • Covenants, Tokens, Signs and Seals
  • Veils and Secret Handshakes
  • Execution of the Penalty
  • Sacred Temple Garments (God's Armor)
  • Baptizing the Dead
  • Exaltation (Private Worlds)
  • Mormon cosmology and Kolob
  • The Oath of Vengeance
  • Mormons and LGBTQ+
  • Prop 8
  • Family Home Evening (FHE)
  • Shunning/Excommunication


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