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Why Hunt?

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Tuesday, we’re asking this question: why do people hunt? In the wake of the killing of a treasured lion in Zimbabwe earlier this year, hunters around the world – especially trophy hunters – were forced to justify themselves. Some hunters argue that hunting is an effective conservation tool. Others say hunting yields a deep connection to both nature and millions of years of human history, not to mention delicious meat. A panel of guests will join us to explore the issue and we hope to hear from you, too.

  • Simon Adler is a producer for WNYC and Radiolab. He recently produced a story for Radiolab about a hunt for an endangered black rhino in Namibia. LINK
  • David Petersen has written numerous books about hunting, including Heartsblood, On the Wild Edge, The Man Made of Elk, and Going Trad: Out There, with Elkheart [Author’s Web site|Amazon]. He's also the subject of a new documentary called The Good Hunt.
  • Jan Dizard is the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor in American Culture at Amherst College and the author of several books, including Going Wild: Hunting, Animal Rights, and the Congested Meaning of Nature and Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America [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.