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3/21/12: The Truth of a Matter

Mike Daisey, Image by Broken Window/Creative Commons via flickr

In January, This American Life aired an episode about deplorable conditions in Chinese factories where Apple products are made, using the work of monologist Mike Daisey to tell the story. It turns out that some of Daisey's anecdotes weren't true though and This American Life has retracted the program. Daisey stands by his writing, saying it's not a lie, it's art. Wednesday, we're talking about facts, fictionalization and truth and where it is and is not acceptable to blur the boundaries.


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.