Brian and Laura Hales Ep. 176 The Cultural Hall


1st block: Richie meets with Tom Durham, a writer and filmmaker. He is the force behind the movie 95ers: Time Runners.

Synopsis (from IMDB): An FBI agent with time-bending powers must fight sinister forces from the future to save her loved ones from being erased from existence.

2nd and 3rd blocks: Richie meets with Brian and Laura Hales, writers of the book “Joseph Smith’s Polygamy–Toward a Better Understanding”

From their website:

Brian C. Hales is the author of six books dealing with Mormon polygamy—most recently the 3 volume, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology (Greg Kofford Books, 2013). His Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto received the “Best Book of 2007 Award” from the John Whitmer Historical Association. He has presented at numerous meetings and symposia and published articles inThe Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue, as well as contributing chapters to The Persistence of Polygamy series. He maintains the website He served a mission to Venezuela for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for fourteen years. He is currently President-Elect of the John Whitmer Historical Association. Brian works as an anesthesiologist and has served as the president of both the Utah Medical Association and the Medical Staff at the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, Utah. Brian has an almost insatiable appetite for both learning and movie theater popcorn. He is also an avid runner and enjoys running half-marathons with his four children and their spouses.

Laura Harris Hales earned a BA in International Studies from BYU and an MA in Professional Writing from New England College. She works as an educator and freelance copy editor. Recently Laura and Brian co-authored Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding (2015). Though unashamed of her polygamous roots, she was initially disturbed when she learned some details of Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy. Her work on the website and the book is an effort on her part to contextualize the events of the 1840s for others who may be troubled by what they learn. Currently she is compiling an anthology addressing seventeen controversial topics regarding LDS history and doctrine. Chapters are written by leading LDS scholars and are directed toward members of the LDS Church seeking answers to difficult questions. The anthology is expected to be released by BYU Religious Studies Center in January 2016.