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12/22/11: The World of Sherlock Holmes

Portrait of Sherlock Holmes by British illustrator Sidney Paget, 1904

Robert Downey Jr. returned to theaters last weekend as Sherlock Holmes, taking in nearly $40 million. That's not bad for a 124-year-old hero. The scholar Leslie Klinger says that the character has had enduring appeal since Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced him in 1887 because Holmes is the kind of person we'd all like to be: smart, always in command and always doing the right thing. Thursday, Klinger joins Doug to talk about Holmes, his loyal companion Watson and the world they inhabited.Books by Leslie Klinger:

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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.