214 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 700 Ratings

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

    Episode 192: Never Going Back on Faith

    Episode 192: Never Going Back on Faith

    Join Lindsay as she interviews Faith Bistline about growing up in the FLDS. The two discuss the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade and how both women see parallels to their own upbringings. This episode discusses abortion and reproductive rights and how recent politics compound oppression for women and marginalized genders, even where we least expect it.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 191: King Benjamin and a Tale of the AUB

    Episode 191: King Benjamin and a Tale of the AUB

    Join Lindsay as she interviews TikTok star Benjamin Brown (The Fresh King Benjamin) about his life and childhood growing up in the AUB.







    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:







    * Follow Ben on TikTok* Join Fresh King Benjamin’s email list







    DONATE TO YEAR OF POLYGAMY HERE

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 190: When Mormons Radicalize

    Episode 190: When Mormons Radicalize

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    For the first time ever, Fundamentalist Ben Shaffer tells the horrific story of how his brother, Samuel Shaffer radicalized into a dark brand of Mormon fundamentalism, eventually landing him in jail. On the heels of the Lafferty story and largely because of Hulu’s new limited television series, Under the Banner of Heaven, Ben Shaffer has decided to share this deeply personal story.





    SHOW NOTES:





    * Knight’s of the Crystal Blade documents

    * Knights of the Crystal Blade: Cultists used social media to spread doomsday revelations

    * Ben Shaffer’s blog

    * The Righteous Branch website

    * Ben’s review of Under the Banner of Heaven

    * Ben’s youtube channel

    * Ben’s previous interview on Year of Polygamy* Shirlee Draper’s article for Juvenille Instructor

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 189: Mormons and Missouri

    Episode 189: Mormons and Missouri

    More and more Mormons and Latter-day Saints are moving or “gathering” in Missouri. Lindsay interviews Mormon Fundamentalist Moroni Jessop about this movement to gather in Missouri and details the history of Mormonism in the state.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 188: Sally in Three Worlds: An Indian Captive in the House of Brigham Young

    Episode 188: Sally in Three Worlds: An Indian Captive in the House of Brigham Young

    Join Lindsay as she interviews author and anthropoligist Virginia Kerns about Sally Kanosh, the indigenous slave girl purchased by Brigham Young’s family.







    Purchase the book here.







    Book trailer can be found here.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 187: The 19th Wife

    Episode 187: The 19th Wife

    Ann Eliza Webb Dee Young Denning was married for a time to Brigham Young. After a tumultuous experience with Mormonism, she left the territory and wrote an expose titled, “Wife No. 19, or The Story of a Life in Bondage,” about her experiences. Join Lindsay and Bryan Buchanan as they discuss the expose and Ann’s life.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
700 Ratings

700 Ratings

CrStyleFlo ,

Fascinating

I love this podcast and have listened to it for years. I am not a part of any faction of Mormonism. Neither are any of my family, to my knowledge anyway. Lindsay is remarkable as an interviewer, podcaster, researcher. I will listen for as long as she continues to put out work!

Dax James ,

Thank you.

Lindsay, I recently discovered this Podcast and your sunstone Mormon history pod. I am a practicing male member of the LDS church. I want to thank you and hopefully combat some of the unchristlike rhetoric that you have to deal with every day. Your podcasts have been an incredible help to my wife and I. So many questions and frustrations we have are addressed through your work. I personally have been challenged by your insights to look internally at the way I Mormon and improve. Your tenacity and focus on finding the truth and being fair to all are admirable and a breath of fresh air. We need your voice in Mormonism. Your efforts are making a difference. Thank you for doing what you do and being the fair minded, thoughtful and intelligent person that you are. #teamlindsay #yearofpolygamy

Sarah Signorelli ,

Really Good!

This podcast is very interesting. The host is great at interviewing her guests, and the show is well researched. I’m Jewish, and I find this podcast fascinating. I have read several books by women who have left fundamental Mormon groups, and I always have had great admiration for them.

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