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Welcome to the Y Magazine podcast, bringing you ideas, stories, and voices from Brigham Young University (BYU). New episodes post biweekly on Thursdays.

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Welcome to the Y Magazine podcast, bringing you ideas, stories, and voices from Brigham Young University (BYU). New episodes post biweekly on Thursdays.

    Not Your Grandma’s Family History: How BYU’s Record Linking Lab Is Building the Family Tree

    Not Your Grandma’s Family History: How BYU’s Record Linking Lab Is Building the Family Tree

    When BYU economics professor Joseph P. Price (BA ’03) realized that FamilySearch lacked coverage of many African American and international individuals, he employed AI tools to expand coverage of the human family and help build our genealogical ties. Through BYU’s Record Linking Lab (rll.byu.edu), his team has already added 50 million people to the tree. But the work isn’t done. The lab calls on the rising generation to broaden its circle of love by adding to the family tree and creating a wealth of names ready for temple ordinances. On this episode of the Y Magazine podcast, join host Whitney Singley Archibald (BA ’01) and Joe Price as they unpack the inspiration behind the Record Linking Lab, how it finds and connects people, and how you can get involved.

    This episode was based on the article “Linking Families” by Miriam Brantley Merrill in the winter 2023 issue of Y Magazine.

    Get involved with the Record Linking Lab here and find more BYU-created family-history resources from the Family History Technology Lab.

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    • 21 min
    Loneliness and Social Connection with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

    Loneliness and Social Connection with Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad

    Odds are, you’ve experienced loneliness at least a time or two. According to BYU psychology professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad (BS ’94, MS ’98), loneliness is a part of everyone’s human experience; and feeling isolated can be worse for your health than big-name problems like obesity, alcoholism, and pollution. On this episode of the Y Magazine podcast, host Whitney Singley Archibald (BA ’01) and Holt-Lunstad discuss the biological explanation behind feelings of loneliness, the effects of social isolation on physical health, and the power of social connection. Listen in for tips on maintaining a healthy social life and connecting with those around you.

    This episode was based on the article “Loneliness: The Shadow Pandemic” by Melody McGrath Warnick in the summer 2020 issue of Y Magazine.

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    • 26 min
    True Blue BYU Friendship

    True Blue BYU Friendship

    Have you ever made an unlikely friend who ended up changing your life? Turns out, that’s not so uncommon here at Brigham Young University. In this episode, we’ll hear from four alumni who share their unique stories of friendship—each starting on campus and making a lasting impact. From unrequited crushes to Christlike service, these tales can teach us a thing or two about how to be a true friend.

    This episode is based on the First Person article “Forever BYU Friends” in the winter 2024 issue of Y Magazine. If you’d like to submit a BYU memory for publication in First Person for a future issue, we’re currently collecting your (reverently) humorous, heartwarming, or inspiring stories about the Provo Temple. The deadline to submit an experience is March, 20, 2023. Email firstperson@byu.edu with ancedotes of up to 300 words.

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    • 19 min
    10 Tips from BYU Religion Professors to Deepen Your Book of Mormon Study

    10 Tips from BYU Religion Professors to Deepen Your Book of Mormon Study

    To enhance your Come, Follow Me study of Book of Mormon in 2024, learn 10 study techniques from BYU religion professors Joseph M. Spencer (BA ’04) and Daniel L. Belnap (BA ’96, MA ’99). Whether you’re studying the Book of Mormon individually, as a family, in a seminary or institute class, or in Sunday School, Spencer and Belnap suggest we “zoom in and out” as we read, looking at the scriptures on both a micro and macro level.

    Technique 1: Investigate the social and cultural context.Technique 2: Think about Mormon’s editorial choices.Technique 3: Apply what you read to your own life.Technique 4: Look at each book as a whole.Technique 5: Read sermons of individual prophets and look for themes.Technique 6: Analyze (and even act out) individual stories.Technique 7: Focus on one verse and ask specific questions.Technique 8: Remove the punctuation and then add it back in yourself.Technique 9: Look up meanings of individual words.Technique 10: Read the entire Book of Mormon in a short period of time. Articles and Resources by Dan BelnapArticles and Resources by Joseph Spencer

    This is episode is based on the article “Slow Down Your Book of Mormon Study,” a Q&A with Spencer in the winter 2024 issue of Y Magazine.If you’re enjoying this podcast, we’d really appreciate your feedback in a listener survey, so we can make more of the types of episodes you like best. Take the survey here.

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    Spiritual Lessons and a 30-Foot Fall

    Spiritual Lessons and a 30-Foot Fall

    This summer, Y Magazine podcast host Whitney Singley Archibald (BA ’01) took a serious tumble—a fall of 30 feet while rock climbing in Provo's Rock Canyon. Miraculously, she landed in the only Whitney-shaped clearing possible—an inch or two higher or to the right, and she would have hit her head on a rock. The injuries she did sustain weren’t insignificant—from a shattered sacrum to a grisly compound wrist fracture, Whitney had a long road to recovery ahead of her. However, Whitney recalls the immediate spiritual promptings she received from God as soon as the accident occurred that let her know that this experience was going to help her—and her family—learn and grow. She shares her spiritual lessons in this episode of the Y Magazine podcast.

    This episode is based on the upcoming article “Lessons from the Fall” by Whitney Singley Archibald (BA ’01) from the winter 2024 issue of Y Magazine.

    Also, if you’re enjoying this podcast, we’d really appreciate your feedback in a listener survey, so we can make more of the types of episodes you like best. Take the survey here.

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    • 16 min
    Going Forth to Teach

    Going Forth to Teach

    Who comes to mind when you think of your favorite teacher? It’s probably someone who ignited a passion, instilled confidence, or cared deeply. On this episode of the Y Magazine podcast, join host Whitney Singley Archibald (BA ’01) in chatting with two inspiring teachers who graduated from BYU and went forth to teach: high school physics teacher Wesley R. Morgan (BS ’18) in Springville, Utah, and ESL and ethnic-studies teacher Natalia Alvarez Benjamin (BS ’99, MA ’07) in Rochester, Minnesota.

    Learn about how these teachers get creative to reach their pupils—from Morgan’s remote-control cars, balloon experiments, and daily hands-on lab activities to Benjamin’s assignment for students to interview an admirable person in their community. Then hear about what drives these teachers in their profession. You may even be inspired to go thank a teacher of your own.

    This episode is based on the article “A Mile in Their Shoes” by Margaret J. Sheffield (’23) in the winter 2022 issue and the article “Resonating Lessons” by Rachel Hatch Webb (’24) in the fall 2023 issue of Y Magazine.Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
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It’s wonderful to hear inspiring stories about what’s happening at BYU. As an alum, it’s a great way to feel a bit of connection to campus. I also appreciate how these episodes are short and sweet in addition to being interesting and uplifting. Thank you Y Magazine!

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I love each issue of BYU magazine! This podcast highlights some of my favorite stories and I love hearing more from contributors and getting even more to the story here!

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Love reading the Y Magazine. The articles are so well written and researched. But listening to these added, beyond the story podcasts add a whole other dimension to my enjoyment. In fact podcasts are my main information format because let’s face it our lives are so busy that I can listen and learn and still multitask. Now I look forward to the next Y Magazine podcast as much or more than the magazine itself. Good job Y Magazine and Whitney Archibald for the well done podcasts 👍

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