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The Fairy Tale World of the Brothers Grimm

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Few stories are tied so closely with childhood as the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. But as the scholar Maria Tatar notes, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm didn’t initially intend for children to read the more than 200 German folk tales they collected and rewrote. Two centuries later, they’re still being rewritten. Tatar says fairy tales are continually adapted to embody the cultural values of their time and place, and each retelling captures the values of the teller. We're partnering with Plan-B Theatre Company to present a live evening of Grimm tales adapted for radio, so we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Tatar. (Rebroadcast)

  • RadioWest and Plan-B Theatre return our radio drama series to the Halloween season with this year's Radio Hour Episode 9: Grimm. Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett has adapted three beloved Grimm Brother stories to their original, dark tellings: Little Snow-White, Rapunzel, and The Juniper Tree. We'll broadcast the performance live at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. It will be archived here.
  • Maria Tatar is a professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and chairs of the Folklore and Mythology Program at Harvard University. She's the author of many books, including The Annotated Brothers Grimm [Indiebound|Amazon]The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales [Indiebound|Amazon] and The Classic Fairy Tales [Indiebound|Amazon]
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.