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Life Below Stairs

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Today's show is perfect for you fans of the PBS TV series Downtown Abbey, which just started its fourth season on PBS stations around the country. We're going behind the scenes of England's grand country houses to talk about the relationship between those upstairs and those below: the hierarchy, the etiquette, and the rituals. The cultural historian Siân Evans, author of the book Life Below Stairs, joins Doug to help us peel back the fictional veneer for a look at the social workings of the Victorian and Edwardian era. (Rebroadcast)

Siân Evans is the author of Life Below Stairs in the Victorian and Edwardian Country House [Indiebound|Amazon] and her most recent Mrs Ronnie: The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings [Indiebound|Amazon]

Downton Abbey airs Sunday night's on KUED Channel 7 and on PBS stations around the country. For a schedule visit KUED.

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.