Chris Crowe Interview – Episode 3.9

Chris Crowe, a professor of English at Brigham Young University, has published award-winning fiction and nonfiction for teenagers, poetry, essays, books, and many articles for academic and popular magazines.  He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth, and they are the parents of four children and grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters.  They live in Provo, Utah.

He is the author of several books, most notably MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955, which won several awards, including the 2003 International Reading Association’s Young Adult Novel Award. His nonfiction book, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE TRUE STORY OF THE EMMETT TILL CASE, was an Jane Addams Honor book. His first children’s book, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA’S GAME, appeared in 2012. His newest book is a historical novel DEATH COMING UP THE HILL, released in October 2014. Death Coming Up The Hill is nominated as a Whitney Award Finalist for 2014.

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Gwen McGarry Interview – Episode 146

Gwen Anderson Jacobson McGarry was born and raised in central Utah. Gwen was active in community affairs and was the first woman elected to the Ephraim City Council where she served 12 years.  She was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician and rode the ambulance for 12 years, co-coordinated and taught the EMT Courses for 7 years and served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years at Snow College. Gwen has written three published works,” A History of the Bank of Ephraim,”  a short story of her pioneer great-grand parents entitled, “Another New Day “and her latest book, “I Am Coming Home.” She lives in Ephraim, Utah, where she writes family histories, and enjoys visits from children, grand-children and great-grand-children.

To purchase a copy of Gwen McGarry’s book, I Am Coming Home, click here!


Shannon Tracy Interview – Episode 144

Shannon Tracy, or S. Michael Tracy, is the author of a ground breaking book entitled, “Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again.” This book is unique in that is it not a biography, it is not a clinical research report, but it is a colorful, thought provoking history and treatment of all the objective information that has been compiled about the image and likeness of Joseph Smith. For years many have wondered if a picture of Joseph Smith existed as his death came around the beginning of the age of photography. Shannon explains some of the research content in his book and answers some of the questions from critics.


Bill Betenson Interview – Episode 137

Some wish they were related to a famous person. Our guest today, Bill Betenson is actually related to a famous person—he is related to Butch Cassidy who is his great-uncle. Bill’s interest in Butch Cassidy was sparked when he was four years old and attended a private screening of the Paul Newman and Robert Redford movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” He watched this movie with his great-grandmother, Lula Betenson, who wrote the book, Butch Cassidy, My Brother.

Since that time, and for over two decades, Betenson researched and studied the life and times of Butch Cassidy. Betenson had access to privileged family information and memorabilia, he traveled to South America to Butch Cassidy’s ranch to conduct personal interviews with those close to the story, and he spent hours in dusty archives. Betenson offers up new information about this infamous outlaw’s life and controversial death in his book, Butch Cassidy: My Uncle.

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Brian C. Hales Interview – Episode 134

Brian C. Hales is a board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah. He graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology and from the University of Utah, College of Medicine.

He authored Setting the Record Straight: Mormon Fundamentalism (2008) and The Priesthood of Modern Polygamy: An LDS Perspective (1992). Hales has published articles in Mormon Historical Studies, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and the Journal of Mormon History. Brian Hales is also webmaster of www.MormonFundamentalism.com and www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com.

In addition to a fulltime LDS mission in Venezuela (1976-78). He is the father of four adult children and author of the book Joseph Smith’s Polygamy.

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Episode 105 – Interview with Timothy Ballard

Nick Galieti interviews author and historian Timothy Ballard, author of The American Covenant  series.

Timothy Ballard received his BA in Spanish and Politics Cum Laude from Brigham Young University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a MA in International Politics from Middlebury College—Monterey Institute of International Studies. Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, where he has spent much time overseas battling criminal organizations involved in the kidnapping and trafficking of children. He has also worked as an adjunct professor of American and International Politics at Imperial Valley College and at San Diego State University. Tim is very active in his church and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America. He lives in Southern California with his wife and six children.

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For more information on Timothy Ballard, visit his website by clicking here.

This is the trailer for the documentary being made based on Timothy Ballard’s works.