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2/2/12: Life Below Stairs


The popular TV series Downton Abbey takes pains to hew closely to historical fact, and yet there remains much we don’t know about the reality of life in England’s grand country houses. How did aristocrats come to own such vast tracts of land? How was servants’ work regarded? And how did England’s servant system collapse after the Great War? The cultural historian Siân Evans, author of the book Life Below Stairs, joins Doug on Thursday to help us peel back the fictional veneer of Downton Abbey.

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.