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.

Ways To Connect

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Nothing embodied the brutality of the Nazi regime more than the concentration camps. Yes, they were hell on earth, but they were very much human creations, as the historian Nikolaus Wachsmann demonstrates in his new book about the camps. Known as the Konzentrationlager, they were first conceived of as penal colonies, then as camps for prisoners of war, and finally as factories. Wachsmann joins us Tuesday to examine the lifespan of the camps, their place in the Third Reich, and what life was like inside them.

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  The author Neil Gaiman has always wanted to be a writer. As a child, he wanted to be the author of great books, but not just any books: he wanted to be the author of The Lord of the Rings. Those books were already penned, so, as an adult, he wrote his own great works of fable and fantasy, books like Coraline, American Gods, and Sandman. Monday, we're airing a conversation we had with Neil Gaiman over the weekend. We talked with him about his passion for storytelling, about where he gets his ideas, and about beekeeping.

RadioWest Misc.

Apr 17, 2015

  As KUER wraps up its spring fund drive on Friday, we're presenting a selection of clips from RadioWest that illustrate some of the different kinds of shows we like to tackle on a regular basis. We’ve got an interview with controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a pick from our series featuring local bands, a selection from one of our favorite films at Sundance this year, and a discussion about not-so-distinct dialect of native Utahns. We hope you’ll joins us.

Esteemed painter Randall Lake traveled to Europe to hone his art and it was in France that he discovered Mormonism. He eventually settled in Utah, which has been his home since 1973. Over time, his paintings have reflected Lake's own journey -- from traditional landscapes as a dedicated Mormon to more daring works as an openly gay man. Lake has a new exhibit opening next week in Salt Lake City, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation about his life and art. (Rebroadcast)

Last Days in Vietnam

Apr 15, 2015

In the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, a skeleton crew of U.S. military operatives was all that stood between the vindictive Viet Cong and South Vietnamese allies who had aided American forces. With the clock ticking, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands. They saved as many South Vietnamese lives as they possibly could. It’s a little-known story of honor and tragedy chronicled in filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary. She joins us Wednesday to talk about it.

Pilot Program

Apr 14, 2015

It was a late-night, philosophical conversation that got playwright Melissa Leilani Larson thinking about polygamy. Larson is a member of the LDS Church, where polygamy is an awkward, historic fact. And Larson is single, so it comes up sometimes when people suggest she could marry in the hereafter. Larson’s not interested, but she says “no” doesn’t make good drama. So what if polygamy were restored in Mormonism? Tuesday, Larson and others join Doug to talk about her new play Pilot Program.

In an online video, biomechanist Katy Bowman guides a tour of her home. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, but what’s missing is all the furniture. Katy and her family don’t have a couch or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s philosophy. She wants people to improve their health and their well being by exercising less and moving more and better. She joins us Monday to explain how and why.

In C

Apr 10, 2015

In 1964, composer Terry Riley crafted "In C" and singlehandedly changed the rules of classical music. The score is only one page long and it lays out 53 phrases for musicians to explore independently, making each performance unique. We talked about “In C” in 2010 with Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, who released a recording of the piece. They’re performing Riley’s masterpiece this weekend as part of a collaboration with a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, so Friday we're rebroadcasting our conversation about “In C.” [Rebroadcast]

Thursday, Doug’s guest is author and mountaineer David Roberts. Roberts first wrote about the prehistoric people of the American Southwest 20 years ago. He says that when he finishes a book, he generally leaves the topic for the next project. But he could never get the “Old Ones” out of his head. So he continued to explore remote canyons and precarious cliffs to find the remains of their lives. Roberts’ new book chronicles his journeys and what he’s learned about “The Lost World of the Old Ones.”

Nature Needs Half

Apr 8, 2015

For centuries, humans have used technology to alter the planet, with dramatic consequences for the environment. Some think technology can also be used to manage our way out of these problems. It’s an approach that places humans at the center of everything. But conservationist Harvey Locke builds his work around a different idea: we do not control the world; we are part of it. Locke advocates a "wiser" relationship with nature, and Wednesday, he joins Doug in studio to talk about his goal to conserve half the world’s land and water.