Episode 73 — Elna Baker


Elna Baker is the guest.  She’s the author of memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, now available from Penguin.  She’s also an accomplished performer, having appeared at The Moth, on This American Life, WTF, Studio 360, Radiolab, BBC Radio 4, at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT, The Magnet, and at many other comedy clubs throughout New York City.

Topics of conversation include:  Mormonism, apostasy, the garment, confusion, seminary, rebellion, vodka, anger, Catholicism, internationalism, polygamy, soldiers, Moroni, Joseph Smith, sacrament, churning butter, sex, repression, hell, fear, guilt, caffeine, sexy clothes, Brigham Young, New York City, lesbians, swearing, prudes, ego, pressure, virginity, sex binges, rationality, identity, the unraveling, epiphanies, Utah, Prop 8, gays, conscience, memoir, self-consciousness, mistakes, experimentation, regrets, perspective, change, and adaptability.

Monologue topics:  Tennessee, Dollywood, chili dogs, sunshine, fried food, conflict, dynamite, and spats.