Episode 84

O.U.R.'s International Rescue Missions: The Truth Behind the Hype, Part 2

On this episode of Mormonish Podcast we bring you Part 2 with Laura Robinson, PhD, the author of several excellent articles on Operation Underground Railroad and Tim Ballard. Laura received her doctorate degree from Duke University and works in the public sector in Indiana, and is an affiliate researcher at Virginia Tech.

Laura began looking into OUR because of the strong evangelical support for the organization, eventually researching and writing a series of very thought provoking articles. She eventually struck an unlikely friendship with Lynn Packer, who has been studying and reporting on OUR for years, and was able to share information back and forth with him in this interesting and productive collaboration.

Speaking with Mormonish, Laura shares her unique perspective on recent events involving OUR and Tim Ballard from a point of view most of us haven't heard before. She also brings several important issues to light regarding international rescue operations that need to considered more fully. The big picture of OUR's international recue missions is something very complex.

We learned quite a lot in our conversation with Laura and we're really excited to share this important episode with our Mormonish viewers and listeners. This will be part one of two.

Mormonish Episode Part 1 with Laura Robinson


Laura Robinson's articles on OUR and Tim Ballard:





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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!