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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance 2013: Google and the World Brain

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In 2002, Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to generate a giant global library, containing every book in existence. Their true purpose was even more formidable: to create a higher form of intelligence, something H.G. Wells predicted in his 1937 essay “World Brain.” Google says they are building a library for mankind, but some say they also have other intentions. The filmmaker Ben Lewis has made a documentary that grapples with the questions raised by the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, and he joins us on Tuesday.

Ben Lewis's film Google and the World Brain premiered last Friday in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It;s showing Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at the Yarrow Hotel Theatre, on Friday January 25th at 8:30 a.m. at Library Center Theatre and at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday January 26th at at Holiday Village Cinema 2. All showings are currently wait list only. For more details, visit the 2013 Sundance Film Festival web site.

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Ben Lewis is a filmmaker , author and art critic. He has produced numerous films for the BBC as well as European and North American television.

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.