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Best of Enemies

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Best of Enemies
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William F. Buckley Jr. (left) debates Gore Vidal on ABC in 1968.

Friday, director Robert Gordon joins us to discuss his documentary film Best of Enemies, which profiles the caustic rivalry between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. Two brilliant and eloquent men who represented two wholly opposite ideologies, they engaged in a first-of-its kind series of televised debates in 1968 during the political national conventions. The broadcasts burned with the fire of the men’s mutual hatred for one another and it laid the groundwork for the future of TV. (Rebroadcast)

Along with Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon co-directed the documentary film Best of Enemies. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and it's currently screening at theaters across the country. Here in Salt Lake City, it's opening Friday, August 21, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, with five showtimes a day. DETAILS 

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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