Doug Fabrizio

Host/Executive Producer, RadioWest

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.



Wed April 16, 2014
April 17, 2014 | Profiles | Rebroadcast

Frozen in Time

"Glacier Girl," a P-38 fighter plane, found 268 feet beneath Greeland's ice cap.
Lou Sapienza, Harper

In November 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine mission crashed into a Greenland glacier. A B-17 bomber was sent to rescue the downed plane’s five survivors, and it crashed too, stranding nine more men on a boundless ice field. A final rescue plane was dispatched, and it disappeared in a blizzard. Author Mitchell Zuckoff recounts how the nine men aboard the B-17 managed to survive for months in the frozen arctic. He joins Doug to share that epic story and tell of the modern-day expedition to recover the crash’s remains. (Rebroadcast)

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Tue April 15, 2014
April 16, 2014 | Science | Rebroadcast

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Image by 2day929/Creative Commons via flickr

In the story Dr. Robert Lustig tells about the health pandemics facing many Americans, sugar is the central villain. Lustig contends that sugar, specifically fructose sugar, is a poison that distorts our biological chemistry, and its making us very sick. If we accept that idea, what do we make of the fact that Americans consume 65 pounds of high fructose corn syrup in a year, on top of a lot of refined sugar? Dr. Lustig joins us Wednesday to explore the bitter truth about sugar.

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Mon April 14, 2014
April 15, 2014 | Culture

The Minimalists

Burt Lum, CC via Flickr,

If you stripped your life of "stuff" -- the toys, the electronics, the furniture, even the house -- what would be left? That's the question at the heart of "Everything That Remains," a memoir by "The Minimalists" Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. At an existential crossroads, they left behind their careers and compulsive consumption to figure out what really adds value to their lives. They're in Utah and join Doug on Tuesday to talk about living more fully with less.

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Mon April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014 | Science | Rebroadcast

Surviving Anxiety

Image by "Bousure" via Flickr,

The journalist Scott Stossel suffers from anxiety so intense it can render him nauseous—which is a problem given his extreme fear of vomiting. Between acute anxiety attacks, Stossel’s mind constantly buzzes with worry about his health, about finances, work, the dripping sound in his basement, about everything and nothing. In a new book, Stossel serves as an expert guide to the culture and history of anxiety disorder. He joins us Monday to explain what anxiety is, where it comes from and how choice and freedom rewire our brains to make us increasingly anxious. [Rebroadcast]

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Thu April 10, 2014
April 11, 2014 | Profiles | Rebroadcast

A Thousand Voices

Friday, Doug is joined by Utah author Jeri Parker for a conversation about her memoir "A Thousand Voices." Parker taught high school and university for many years, but Carlos Louis Salazar is the student she says haunted her dreams. He was 10 when she met him: wild-hearted, a bit of a hellion and without language. Salazar was born deaf, but Parker says he was the one who taught her to hear. We'll talk to her about the compassion she learned from the adventure, confusion and sorrow of his short life. [Rebroadcast]

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Wed April 9, 2014
April 10, 2014 | Profiles

Through the Lens: Dateline - Saigon

Journalist David Halberstam says when the government is twisting the truth, reporters have their biggest role to play. The new film DATELINE – SAIGON explores that idea through the work of Halberstam and other young reporters who in the early days of the Vietnam War, found themselves at odds with the Kennedy White House, and on a South Vietnamese assassination list. Thursday, director Thomas Herman joins Doug to talk about the journalists who set the standard for front-line war reporting.

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Tue April 8, 2014
April 9, 2014 | Culture

Vampires Are Us

Mark Cheverton via CC/Flickr

For most of her life, NPR correspondent Margot Adler didn’t give much thought to vampires. She’d read a couple books and seen a couple movies. But it wasn’t until her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer that Adler became obsessed with vampires. Adler has now read hundreds of vampire novels and is regarded as something of an expert on the subject. She joins us Wednesday to explain how vampires reflect our human struggles with love, sex, power, morality, time, and of course, death.

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Mon April 7, 2014
April 8, 2014 | Money/Business

The Boom

Every day, one hundred new oil and gas wells are drilled and hydraulically fractured in America. The recent fracking boom has produced immense amounts of energy, income and a whole lot of controversy. In a new book called The Boom, Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold attempts to cut through the noise from both sides to understand how we can best procure the energy we rely on every day. Gold joins us Tuesday to examine the economic, environmental and social impacts of where our energy comes from.

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Sat April 5, 2014
April 7, 2014 | Culture

Ira Glass: Reinventing Radio

Ira Glass of This American Life is coming to Utah this week, which gave us the opportunity to talk to him. Ira has said that "joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing." And that's what his popular program is all about – taking the time to notice the stories around us. Monday, we're broadcasting Doug and Ira's conversation about his career, making news headlines personal and the philosophy that recently earned This American Life a Peabody award.

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Thu April 3, 2014
April 4, 2014 | Culture | Rebroadcast

The Book of Mormon Girl

Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with writer and scholar Joanna Brooks, known for her progressive but generous observations of Mormon culture. She was raised devout, but left the LDS Church for a time when she couldn't reconcile her feminism and intellectual curiosity with the faith of her childhood. Her story is somewhat unique for this plot twist though, she went back. Brooks joins Doug to talk about her memoir, "The Book of Mormon Girl." (Rebroadcast)

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