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Ira Glass: Reinventing Radio

Ira Glass of This American Life is coming to Utah this week, which gave us the opportunity to talk to him. Ira has said that "joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing." And that's what his popular program is all about – taking the time to notice the stories around us. Monday, we're broadcasting Doug and Ira's conversation about his career, making news headlines personal and the philosophy that recently earned This American Life a Peabody award.

On Saturday, April 12, Ira Glass will perform an evening of storytelling at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City. It's called Reinventing Radio, and it's a behind the scenes look at the creation of This American Life. Tickets are available by calling 801-581-7100 or on-line at kingsburyhall.utah.edu

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.