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The World Columbus Created

Millions of years ago, geological forces ripped the world to pieces. Christopher Columbus changed all that though. When he sailed across the Atlantic, he began a process that knit the world back together ecologically and economically. It meant there would be tomatoes in Italy and coffee in Brazil. The journalist Charles Mann says while the costs and benefits are inseparable, 1493 marked the birth of the world we live in today. Mann is in Utah and he joins us to talk about his book called "1493."

Charles C. Mann is a correspondent for The Atlantic, Science, and Wired, and has written for The New York Times, and Smithsonian among many others. Among his books are 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and most recently, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

Charles Mann is in Utah as a guest of the Salt Lake City Public Library. He'll speak as part of their "Authors Live" series, Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library Auditorium, 210 East 400 South in Salt Lake City. For more information, click here

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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.