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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In his cover story for The Atlantic magazine, the journalist Graeme Wood puts the Islamic State under the microscope. What is it? Where did it come from, and what does it want? Wood argues that ISIS seeks to revert civilization to a “seventh-century legal environment, and ultimately bring about the apocalypse,” and it’s committed to killing vast numbers of people in the process. Wood joins us Monday to explore ISIS’s intellectual genealogy and to explain why it’s imperative the West better understand it.

Religion and Violence

Feb 27, 2015

  Friday, the religion scholar Karen Armstrong is with us to take on the idea that religion is to blame for wars and violence in the world. Armstrong says religion has played its part, but understanding violence is so much more complicated. She says blaming God or superstition is a misreading of history and a vast oversimplification of how civilizations evolved and how human nature works. (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, we're wrapping up our coverage on US-Latin American relations with novelist Cristina Henriquez. Her latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans, is about immigrants who have come here from various Latin-American countries and have settled in one apartment building in Delaware. It's not the typical setting for immigrants maybe, but Henriquez says immigration is a story that's everywhere ... it's an American story. (Rebroadcast)

  For almost fifty years, the United States has maintained economic sanctions against Cuba. Little human, financial, or commercial traffic flows between the two countries, although much bad blood does. Recent political events suggest that might be changing. Wednesday, we're examining the tense history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and we'll focus on the embargo. Just how effective has it been? What was its original purpose? What has it achieved? And will America and Cuba ever get along?

Underwater Dreams

Feb 24, 2015

  Tuesday, we’re talking about the documentary film Underwater Dreams. It’s about a team of undocumented high school students that takes on MIT in a national underwater robotics competition. Their triumph is just the beginning of the story though. Because of poverty and immigration issues, the would-be engineers face overwhelming hurdles to a college education. Director Mary Mazzio joins us, along with the University of Utah’s Enrique Aleman, to talk about the challenges and the paths to success for Latino students.

Latinos in Utah

Feb 23, 2015

  Monday, we’re talking about history and change in Utah’s Latino community. There is a long presence of Mexican-Americans in the region: this was Mexico when the pioneers came into the valley after all. But the economic boom of the 1990s brought many immigrants into the state, and with it a diversity of people from Central and South America. As part of the Hinckley Institute of Politics’ Siciliano Forum on US-Latin American Relations, we’re asking what those changes mean for the Latino community and for Utah.

Sexual Fluidity

Feb 20, 2015
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In a world that tends to separate people into defined groups, it’s not easy to be bisexual. Psychologist Lisa Diamond says the stereotype is that people who claim to be attracted to both sexes just haven’t come out yet. Of course, it’s much more complicated. In 2008, Diamond wrote a book about how flexible sexuality is for women. These days, she’s learning men are, as she puts it, “pretty darn sexually fluid, too.” Lisa Diamond joins Doug to talk about the spectrum of human sexuality. (Rebroadcast)

On Immunity

Feb 19, 2015
Peter Paul Rubens (1630/1635)

The recent outbreak of measles has turned up the heat in the debate about immunization. The writer Eula Biss delved deeply into that dispute when preparing for the birth of her first child. She wondered what vaccination would mean for her baby and the world at large. In her latest critically acclaimed book, Biss explores the fear of vaccines and the broader concept of immunity. She joins us Thursday to examine the tangled threads of anxiety, misconception, privilege, metaphor, and myths surrounding inoculation.

  Wednesday, we continue our series on local music with the band Great Interstate. It’s the brainchild of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Goldring, who started Great Interstate as a solo project to help him find his own creative path. Many of the tracks on the band’s debut record, “Inversion Songs,” draw inspiration from the Wasatch Front’s periods of crappy air, when you wonder if the smog will ever lift. But it’s not downer music. Goldring says the album is ultimately a cry of hope for fresh beginnings.

The Crucible

Feb 17, 2015
Alexander Weisman

Tuesday, we're profiling Pioneer Theatre Company's latest production, which director Charles Morey says may be the great American tragedy. But when Arthur Miller premiered his play about the Salem witch trials, he didn't realize he was, as he put it, writing himself into a political wilderness. It was the Cold War, and there was a witch-hunt for communists underway. Morey will join us, along with scholar Christopher Bigsby, to talk about the history of The Crucible and why it remains relevant today.