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A collection of our conversations with author and journalist Charles Bowden. His body of work includes his observations about the American psyche, essays on the natural world, and gritty stories about drug violence and other crimes. Many of these stories come from his home in the desert southwest. Bowden died August 30, 2014 at the age of 69. He was regarded as one of the most powerful writers of our time

Border-Crossers and a New America

Veteran journalist Charles Bowden drove 7,000 miles on the Mexican-US border - from crossings where masses spend their life savings on horrible journeys, to a dump-site of possessions that forms a tragic monument to illegal immigration, and to the lives of people who will never see their home again. Immigration is a reality, and Bowden says "We either find a way to make their world better or they will come to our better world." Charles Bowden joins Doug to talk about Exodus, his article in the most recent Mother Jones magazine.

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.