Sound of the Day: A Perfectly Broke Christmas

In case you were wondering whether I would include my own work in “Sound of the Day,” the answer is a merry “Yes!”

The Field of Steve Podcast offers you a musical Christmas story within a Christmas story, sure to warm that cheese-addled heart of yours. In this month’s episode I tell of the time I tried to replicate, kind of, a wonder I experienced as a child. So hurry on over and hear the story and some song versions that probably don’t make the rotation of those radio stations playing the same Christmas songs over and over and over and …

Sound of the Day: A Conversation About the LDS Priesthood Ban on Blacks

When the LDS church issued its statement a week ago on the history of its priesthood ban for black men, I posted the link on Facebook and introduced it saying:

“I have long held that you can be a fully committed and believing Mormon and still believe the reason the priesthood was denied to blacks was the racism of LDS members themselves. So it’s with that lens that I read this work and see it saying much the same thing, only in several hundred more words.”

I thought about posting a much simple intro:

“Bottom line: We were racists.”

As of this writing there are 160 comments on the entry. It seems to have died down.

Peggy Fletcher Stack at the Salt Lake Tribune wrote a pretty comprehensive story about the issue.

But I thought the conversation on KUER’s RadioWest program, posted on the Mormon Stories site, went into a lot of angles others had not.

Sound of the Day: CSI Neanderthal

It wasn’t a Neanderthal, but the dead man discovered in the Alps was dead a really, really, really long time. Really. Despite that, there were enough clues in his body that scientists were able to figure out what his last few days were like.