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Religion and Violence

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  Friday, the religion scholar Karen Armstrong is with us to take on the idea that religion is to blame for wars and violence in the world. Armstrong says religion has played its part, but understanding violence is so much more complicated. She says blaming God or superstition is a misreading of history and a vast oversimplification of how civilizations evolved and how human nature works. (Rebroadcast)

Karen Armstrong has written numerous books on religion, including The Case for God [Indiebound|Amazon] and Holy War [Indiebound|Amazon]. Her latest is called Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence [Indiebound|Amazon].

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.
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