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Daggers Drawn

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Wednesday, we're talking about the art and the potency of editorial cartoons. Among our guests is Kevin "Kal" Kallaugher, who draws the world's major political figures for The Economist. He says when he sits down to create a piece, he's looking for the "weak spot" in a news story. It's that tension between what the public sees and what's really going on. He says his job isn't to make the audience laugh but to make them think. We'll talk with Kal and others about what makes a good cartoon and if it's possible to take it too far.

Guests:

Cartoons discussed in today's show:

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Pat Bagley on Gordon B. Hinckley

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Steve Benson on Oklahoma City bombing
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Pat Bagley, Texas Fertilizer Plant
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Steve Benson
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Pat Bagley, "Malala"

June 27 - 29, The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists are holding their annual convention at The Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  Public events include:

  • Thursday, June 27 at 11:00 a.m. - "The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and their Enduring Power" by Victor Navasky of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism [Amazon/Indiebound]
  • Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. - "Cartoonist Death Match" with Todd Zuniga at The Tavernacle Piano Bar
  • Visit our calendar for quick glance at all the events
  • For details and visit the AAEC here
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.