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Merchants of Doubt

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Historian Naomi Oreskes says that while the U.S. scientific community has led the world in research on issues like public health and environmental science, there's also a small group of scientists that mislead the public with ideas based on political agendas rather than science. Oreskes has written a book that explores how this has skewed our understanding of climate change, tobacco and more. Monday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with her about these "Merchants of Doubt." (Rebroadcast)

On Friday, May 1, a new documentary film based on Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway's book Merchants of Doubt is opening at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City. It shares a title with the books. Merchants of Doubt screens at 12:20, 4:35, 7:00, 9:05. DETAILS

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Naomi Oreskes is a professor of the history of science and an unaffiliated professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. Along with historian Eric Conway, she co-wrote the book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming [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.
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