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The Ark Before Noah

Noah's ark on the Mount Ararat by Simon de Myle (1570)

In a new blockbuster film, the actor Russell Crow portrays Noah as he struggles to save God’s creation from a global flood. The story of Noah and the ark is strongly linked to the Hebrew Bible, but that’ not the only place the myth of a global flood appears. According to the archeologist Irving Finkel, a very similar flood myth circulated among the Babylonians, long before Hebrew existed, and versions of the story are told in cultures around the world. Finkel joins us Monday to explore the roots of the flood myth and to help us understand why we’ve told and retold it for millennia.

Irving Finkel is an archeologist and Assyriologist. He's Assistant Keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages, and cultures at the British Museum, and he's author of the book The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood [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.