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On Immunity

Peter Paul Rubens (1630/1635)


An outbreak of measles earlier this year turned up the heat in the debate about immunization. The writer Eula Biss delved deeply into that dispute when preparing for the birth of her first child. She wondered what vaccination would mean for her baby and the world at large. In her latest critically acclaimed book, Biss explores the fear of vaccines and the broader concept of immunity. She joins us Tuesday to examine the tangled threads of anxiety, misconception, privilege, metaphor, and myths surrounding inoculation. [Rebroadcast]

Eula Biss is the author of three books, including Notes from No Man’s Land and The Baloonists. Her latest book is On Immunity: An Inoculation [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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