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The News

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Philosopher Alain de Botton gets his news the way many of us do these days: in bed, in the bath, in the car, at a desk. "News" is a force so powerful that de Botton says it's like a religion. It shapes our worldview, forms our ideas of right and wrong, and when we ignore it, we risk a sort of heresy. De Botton has written a book he calls a user's manual for the news and Tuesday, he joins Doug for a conversation about what the news is, how it affects our lives and what it could one day be.

Alain de Botton's books include How Proust Can Change Your Life [Amazon|Indiebound] and The Architecture of Happiness [Amazon|Indiebound]. His latest is called The News: A User's Manual [Amazon|Indiebound].

Visit The Philosopher's Mail, de Botton's own take on the daily news.

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.