BCC Zeitcast 75: Mixing Religion & Politics

With only one year left before the big 2012 Presidential Election, Newsweek and Daily Beast reporter McKay Coppins checks in with Scott B. on the goings-on for Mormon candidates Mitt Romney and John Huntsman, Jr. Later, Scott and Joanna Brooks discuss Harold Bloom’s recent travesty article in the New York Times, and Joanna’s response at Religion Dispatches.

And if that lineup isn’t sufficient, our very own Kristine Haglund stops by to help Scott understand big words.

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BCC Zeitcast 74: Matt Bowman, Bigfoot, Monsters, & Mormons

In this special Halloween episode, Scott B. and Steve Evans play host to BCC’s long-time friend and Juvenile Instructor blogger Matt Bowman, who thrills the children with tales of Cain, Bigfoot, and secret UFO societies. Later, recent BCC guest blogger Theric (Eric Jepson) gives us an update on the soon-to-be-released anthology “Monsters and Mormons.”

And if that lineup isn’t sufficient, our very own Kristine Haglund checks in to help the ladies design Halloween costumes depicting famous Mormon women.

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BCC Zeitcast 73: Ken Jennings vs. GST

BCC’s beloved podcast returns! It’s been months since the last podcast, but we hope the new episodes are worth the wait.

In this episode, Scott B. listens in as John C. outlines his hopes for the upcoming General Conference (Hint: 2-hour block!), BHodges talks with long-time BCC friend Ken Jennings about Ken’s new book “Maphead,” and Mormon blogging legend GST makes an appearance to tell the world what it feels like to be humiliated on national TV. And if that lineup isn’t sufficient, we also have the sound of our very own Kristine Haglund listening to songs by Michael McLean.

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BCC Zeitcast 72: Russell Fox, Communitarianism, and What Really Matters

One of the true Fathers of Mormon blogging steps into the virtual studio for the first time, as Scott B. interviews Russell Arben Fox, a professor of political science at Friends University. Topics revolve primary around RAF’s favorite ism–Communitarianism–and the path his philosophical, political, and religious values have taken to arrive at their current state. Some discussion is also devoted to RAF’s beard.

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BCC Zeitcast 70: Two Brothers, One Constitution

Scott B. hosts the first of a two-part debate between liberal wacko John C. and his older, wiser, more conservative brother Robert. Today’s topic: The U.S. Constitution, and what YOU can (should?) do to save it.


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BCC Zeitcast 69: Steve Evans

In this episode, Scott B. is joined in the virtual studio by Steve Evans and fMhLisa, two of one of the Bloggernacle’s most seasoned blog administrators, for a discussion of what it’s like to be a big bad blog boss. Other topics include recent legal developments in Florida, the origins and evolution of BCC and Feminist Mormon Housewives, and some favorite bannination stories.

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BCC Zeitcast 68: Thomas Parkin

In this episode, Scott B. is joined in the virtual studio by Thomas Parkin, one of the Bloggernacle’s greatest personalities.


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BCC Zeitcast 67: Jonna

In this episode, Scott B. is joined in the virtual studio by Jonna, a pop music singer in Finland and a convert to the LDS Church. Topics include Jonna’s musical career and current projects, her conversion to the Restored Gospel, and its impact on her personal and professional life.


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BCC Zeitcast 66: Movies & Mormons

In this episode, Scott B. is joined in the virtual studio by Robert Moncrief, a young LDS film maker in Southern California. Among other topics, they discuss Robert’s current film projects, his experiences as an LDS film student in California during Prop 8, the current state of LDS cinema, and the Mormon cultural aversion to R-rated movies. Also, they talk about the scourge to humanity that is George Lucas.

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BCC Zeitcast 65: What the Tribune Didn’t Tell You

In this episode, Scott B. and Matt Page continue the ominous & ghostly themes at BCC this week with a discussion of Bigfoot and UFOs in Mormon Folklore, evil music, a suspicious Culligan man, and all of the details of Matt’s life which–for various reasons–were missing from an article about Matt and his artwork in the Salt Lake Tribune a couple of weeks ago. Actually, they really just make fun of Brad Kramer for half an hour or so.

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BCC Zeitcast 64: Morris Thurston & The Miller Eccles Study Group

In this two part episode, Scott B. interviews Morris Thurston, a supporter and participants in several areas of Mormon Studies. The interview covers a range of topics, including Thurston’s early experiences in Mormon Studies, later experiences with the Joseph Smith Papers Project, and the history of the Miller Eccles Studies Group, which has been holding monthly lectures and meetings in Southern California for over 30 years.

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BCC Zeitcast 63: Tuesdays With Berto

In this episode, Scott B. listens in while Aaron Brown tells a story from his mission that probably should have stayed in his mission.

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BCC Zeitcast 62: A Fireside With RJH

Now with pictures!

Our first podcast of 2011 features something we’ve never done before at BCC, and we hope you’ll enjoy it: A Sunday evening fireside.

Following a brief introduction, we turn the time over to Ronan for a fireside he recorded late last fall in London.

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BCC Zeitcast 61: MoTab Has Its Moments

In this episode, Scott B. listens in while Kristine Haglund and Nicholas S, aka Latter-day Guy, get their musical geek on. First, Nicholas and Kristine share some highlights and lowlights of their LDS music experiences. Later, the group discusses ways to improve music in LDS settings and opine on their favorite and most hated LDS songs.

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BCC Zeitcast 60: The Cyber Elders

And now for something completely different!

In this episode, Scott B. interviews the Cyber Elders–a pair of missionaries who have been called to serve in an experimental mission devoted solely to online missionary work. And no, we are not making this up. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 59: Camping & Hiking

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a podcast that has nothing to do with Thanksgiving!

In this episode, Scott B. and Sunny Smart talk about that greatest of Mormon pastimes: Camping. First, Sunny recounts her experience as an employee in a wilderness youth treatment program. Then, Scott describes his campfire FAIL (a moving tale about a boy, a match, and some gasoline). Finally, Sunny gives a stern warning to all young women who have considered hiking as a hobby. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 58: Female Ritual Healing In Mormonism

The BCC Zeitcast returns with a brand new season!

In this two-part episode, Scott B. and J. Stapley discuss the long-promised and oft-cited paper on Female Ritual Healing which Stapley and BCC Emeritus Kris Wright co-authored, and which will be published in the Winter 2011 Journal of Mormon History, due out this January. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 57: What’s Really Happening In China

Although I swore that this podcast would never see the light of day, public protests and private threats helped me change my mind. In this episode, Matsby and GST join me for a (short) discussion of the Church’s recent talks with Chinese officials.

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You see, GST’s microphone didn’t work, so we had to get his commentary over instant message.

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BCC Zeitcast 56: Publicity, Advertising, & the New Mormon.org

In this episode of the BCC Zeitcast, Scott B. is joined by Kyle M, a frequent guest blogger at BCC and a professional from the world of advertising and marketing, for a conversation about the recently publicity campaign the LDS Church has undertaken through Mormon.org. Download this episode here or subscribe to the BCC Zeitcast in iTunes. (And don’t forget to leave a rating/review in iTunes!)

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BCC Zeitcast 55: More Topics Than Usual

The BCC Zeitcast returns from a short summer vacation! In this episode, Scott B. is joined by DKL and a random John for a discussion of too many topics to list, including Glenn Beck, Church block programs, thinking evil of your fellow saints, chocolate, and a fractured [BLEEP]. Download this episode here or subscribe to the BCC Zeitcast in iTunes. (And don’t forget to leave a rating/review in iTunes!)

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BCC Zeitcast, Non-Podcast Bleg Edition

Been missing the Zeitcast lately? Okay, don’t answer that.
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BCC Zeitcast 50: MikeInWeHo, Part 2

Part 2 of a conversation between Scott B. and MikeInWeHo. Part 1 is found here. In this episode, we discuss personal politics, the role of the Bloggernacle, MoDar, and the Gay and Mormon subcultures. Download this episode here or subscribe to the BCC Zeitcast in iTunes.

Links for your convenience:
1. Mike’s first post at BCC: The Odd Fellowship of the Bloggernacle
2. El Coyote restaurant

This episode, as well as the first part posted earlier, addresses a broad range of topics related to the LDS Church, its policies regarding homosexuality, same sex marriage, and politics. Please keep in mind that this podcast is not a position paper on the LDS Church or any of its teachings, doctrines, or public policy decisions. The commentary represents exactly what it sounds like: two guys shooting the from the hip about their personal experiences with the events of the past few years surrounding the LDS Church and political movements regarding homosexuality. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 49: MikeInWeHo, Part 1


This is first of a two-part episode of the BCC Zeitcast. In this episode, long-time friend and guest of BCC, MikeInWeHo tells his story of how he found the Mormon Church, lost it, found it again, and has become one of the most recognized and beloved members of the Bloggernacle.

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MikeInWeHo, Bloggernacle Commenter of the Year

This episode, as well as the second part found here, addresses a broad range of topics related to the LDS Church, its policies regarding homosexuality, same sex marriage, and politics. Please keep in mind that this podcast is not a position paper on the LDS Church or any of its teachings, doctrines, or public policy decisions. The commentary represents exactly what it sounds like: two guys shooting the from the hip about their personal experiences with the events of the past few years surrounding the LDS Church and political movements regarding homosexuality. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 48: All About the Mormons

After nearly a two-month hiatus, the BCC Zeitcast is back, and this time we promise to actually talk about something related to Mormonism and/or the Bloggernacle. In this episode, Scott B. and Rusty Clifton discuss the popularity of LDS Media/Political personalities, the Facebook updates of fellow Bloggernaclers, and the lack of sports-related themes in the Mormon blogging world. Also, we talk about South Park, and Rusty curses up a storm. Just kidding.

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BCC Zeitcast 47: The Neverending Zeitcast

Two Zeitcasts in one week?!? Clearly, these are the last days.

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In this episode, Scott, Steve, and Cynthia take turns revealing who is on their genocide lists, and discuss famous Mormon unibrows and the danger of urinating on downed power lines.

Links for your convenience:
1. Mitt Romney’s New Book
2. The Raymond Takashi Swenson comment.
3. A typical Raymond Takashi Swenson comment. Standard Raymond Takashi Swenson Comment (or “SRTSC”) defined here.
4. The Unibrow Bandit
5. What not to do in rural Washington.
6. Cynthia, revealing her utmost desires.
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BCC Zeitcast 46: A Very Special Zeitcast

After a two week hiatus, BCC’s Zeitcast returns with a Very Special Episode, in which Scott B. hosts a multitude of guests, including Amri Brown, Sir Ronan, and the reigning Bloggernacle Commenter of the Year, Bridget Jack Meyers MikeInWeHo. [Read more...]

BCC Zeitcast 45: The Niblet Menace

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(Recorded on January 26th & 27th)

Scott & Steve: Never Smelling Bad on the Outside

In this episode, Steve Evans uses every opportunity available to remind Scott B. that he is a noob, and that his wife likely hates him. While Steve explains how much he enjoys loon commenters and opines on the true identity of MCQ, Scott gets a little help from his friends John C. and Kathy Soper.

Links for your convenience:
1. The Niblet Menace
2. More Niblet Menacing
3. Local man eats only Chipotle burgers for a week straight.
4. The Greatest (Only?) Thread in Bloggernacle Feet Dusting History

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BCC Zeitcast 44: Doh! A Deer!

Download this episode (right click and save) In this edition of the BCC Zeitcast, Scott B. and John C. aim to be less boring than the last episode and discuss Sunday School, Valentine’s Day activities in Utah Valley, Deer Hunting, and more Deer Hunting. Also, John C. pretends to be Ronan. ‘s Brilliant, Mate!!

Also, as a one-time bonus, there is a really awkward 10 second long silent period around the 6:50 mark! I have corrected the silent stretch, and changed the MP3 file name to be more user friendly.

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BCC Zeitcast 43: The Return of Ronan

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Just in time for Christmas, Scott, Kathy, and Ronan trim your trees and stuff your stockings with unapologetically long and boring banter about Band-Aid, Bond, and Babes. Also, Ronan makes Kathy weak in the knees, first by singing, and later by reading from 2 Nephi. Ronan and Scott try to talk about the Seven Habits of High Effective Churches until Kathy forces them to quit, after which Scott discusses why Christmas is dead to him, Ronan teaches us about his key ingredients to clever, meaningful gift-giving (deception, theft, and being cheap), and Kathy spends thousands of dollars for a free iPod.

A Topless Simon Cowell

A Topless Daniel Craig

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1. Do They Know it’s Christmas?
2. Christmas Number One Singles in the UK
3. MI6, the Home of James Bond
4. The Fat Conductor
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BCC Zeitcast 42: Cooking With Booze

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After last week’s excitement, we felt that a quick turnaround was needed to keep the children happy before Christmas, and a bonus Zeitcast/Poll Combination should do the trick. In this edition, Scott B. and Cynthia L. sever ties with Tiger Woods before discussing Stake Christmas concerts and engaging moral dilemmas about shopping on Sunday, babysitting, and cooking with alcohol. Cynthia then sets forth judgment on the Bloggernacle’s status as a full tithe payer.

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