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10/4/11: The Great Mona Lisa Heist

Vincenzo Peruggia: criminal mastermind or misguided idealist?
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Vincenzo Peruggia: criminal mastermind or misguided idealist?

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. In her absence, da Vinci's La Gioconda became a superstar as people wondered: what criminal mastermind pulled off this audacious burglary? To many, the answer was disappointing. Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian laborer living in Paris, stole the Mona Lisa and displayed her on his kitchen table, where he fell in love with her. Filmmaker Joe Medeiros has produced a documentary about the heist, and he joins Doug on Tuesday to talk about it.

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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.