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The Great War And Modern Horror

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From cover of Scott Poole's "Wasteland"

Historian Scott Poole says our modern fascination with horror came from the atrocities of World War I. Wednesday, we're talking about how the Great War is still felt in art and popular culture today.

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There have always been scary stories, but historian Scott Poole says our modern fascination with mutilation, the living dead, and apocalyptic horror came from World War I. 38 million people died and 17 million were mutilated by the new war machine. Poole says artists, filmmakers and writers used these images to fuel their horror stories. Wednesday, he joins us to talk about how the Great War worked its way into our psyches, and how its influence is still felt in art and popular culture today.

W. Scott Poole is a professor of history at the College of Charleston. His new book is called Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

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.
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