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10/5/11: The Authentic Animal

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The jackalope bounds through its natural environment.

Dave Madden has never gone hunting. He's never mounted an elk hide on a plaster cast of a trophy bull. And yet, he's fascinated by taxidermy. His fascination began with his love of museum habitat dioramas, those fake frozen scenes of "nature," and it grew into a new book about taxidermy that explores the obscure subculture, as well as human relationships with animals, hunting, death and, in a sense, the after-life. Madden joins Doug on Wednesday to talk about his book, The Authentic Animal.

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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.