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The World Until Yesterday

In his latest book, cultural geographer Jared Diamond asks what modern people – a relatively new group in human history – can learn from long-established traditional societies. Tribal groups around the world have long subsisted independent of developing and modernizing cultures. They’ve also developed unique and effective solutions to essential human problems, such as rearing children, caring for elders and resolving disputes. Diamond joins us Friday to explain how traditional people can serve as models for the rest of humanity. 

Jared Diamond will be in Salt Lake City on Thursday, November 14, to talk about his new book The World Until Yesterday at the Main Downtown Library. That event begins at 7 p.m. More details.


Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. He's the recipient of the National Medal of Science and a MacArthur Genius Award. His books include Collapse and Guns, Germs, and Steel. His latest book is called The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? [Amazon|Indiebound]

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.