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.

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Join Doug Fabrizio as he talks to Edward Snowden in a live event at the Eccles Center in Park City. Snowden is the former NSA contractor who took highly classified documents and leaked them, setting off an intense debate about privacy and the scope of government surveillance. He’ll join Doug by way of video feed from Russia, where he’s living in exile.

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The evening is presented by the Park City Institute. Tickets are available at

Asking For It

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Monday, Doug’s guest is feminist author Kate Harding, whose most recent book is a blunt examination of sexual assault as a social phenomenon. Harding says we talk about it in the passive voice: “Local woman raped.” But somebody is to blame, and Harding argues our culture is diverting scrutiny from the criminals and asking the wrong questions of victims. She joins us to talk about the ways stereotypes in entertainment, news media, politics, and daily life have created our rape culture.

Andrew Myers,

  In an article in The Atlantic magazine, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt decry what they see as a worrisome trend on college campuses. Students, they say, are increasingly demanding to be shielded from words, ideas, and subjects they dislike. Haidt and Lukianoff are concerned that students are in turn damaging themselves intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically. Lukianoff joins us to explain why he thinks college kids are being unduly coddled. We’ll also hear an opposing viewpoint. (Rebroadcast)

The Table Comes First

Nov 26, 2015

  As you're putting together your Thanksgiving meal, we're talking to The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik about his latest book, The Table Comes First. Gopnik says that every human group that's ever been ritualizes its food. Indeed, the way we approach the table defines who we are. The book is a journey from eighteenth-century France to our modern-day obsession with gastronomy. Gopnik joins us to answer this question: what is the true meaning of food in our lives? (Rebroadcast)

Extreme Altruists

Nov 25, 2015

How far do you go to honor the Golden Rule, to “do unto others”? Chances are you don’t go nearly as far as the people profiled in journalist Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book. The donor who offers up his kidney to a complete stranger; the activist who abandons his normal life to care for lepers; the couple that gives most of their income to charity. These people truly live to help others. MacFarquhar joins us Wednesday to explore what extreme altruists can teach us about what it means to be human.

Courtesy of Kristen Oney / Plimoth Plantation

In a new documentary for the PBS series American Experience, filmmaker Ric Burns tells the tale of a small group of extreme people whom history and myth record as the founders of a new nation. The Pilgrims faced countless challenges when they came to the New World in 1620. The fact of their survival and success is not only commemorated every November, it also exists in the very myth of America’s origins. Burns joins us Tuesday to winnow fact from fiction as we explore the true story of the Pilgrims.

Don Quixote

Nov 23, 2015
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Today, Don Quixote is regarded as one of the most important novels ever written. But when it debuted 400 years ago, Miguel Cervantes’ book was deemed unworthy of serious artistic consideration. Ilan Stavans, a professor of Latin American and Latino Culture, has a profound affection for the tale of don Quixote de la Mancha, and he says the wandering knight’s adventure through life mirrors our own. Stavans joins us Monday to explore how Don Quixote rose to global success and gave rise to modernity.

Wonder Woman

Nov 20, 2015

Great girdle of Aphrodite! Friday, historian Jill Lepore joins Doug to tell the story of Wonder Woman, who she calls the “missing link” in the women’s rights struggles of the 20th century. Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Marston, whose own family was very, very complicated and deeply influenced by the suffrage movement. We’ll talk about Wonder Woman’s feminist roots, the “new type of woman” Marston had in mind, and her influence on the women’s lib movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. (Rebroadcast)

The LDS Church recently made headlines with new guidance for lay leaders in dealing with same-sex couples and their children. Critics call it a step backwards in the Church’s efforts to show compassion to the LGBT community. Defenders say it’s simply a reflection of Church doctrine. The LDS Church has declined to join us. So Thursday, historian and Mormon scholar Russell Stevenson takes us through the doctrine that under-girds the Church’s religious policies towards its LGBT members.

David McLain, 2006

The writer Gretel Ehrlich first visited Greenland in 1993. She’s made many trips to the Arctic since then and she’s noticed the slow death of its ice. While the Arctic is remote, and perhaps distant from our everyday thoughts, Ehrlich says “what happens at the top of the world affects all of us.” It is Earth’s “natural air conditioner,” after all. Ehrlich is in Utah this week, and she joins us Wednesday to talk about the changing Arctic and her life spent writing about the natural world she loves.