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Zombies!

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Zombie Walk SLC 2012, Photo by thatguygil, CC via Flickr

  In the early 1930s, American filmmakers were looking for a new monster. Instead of a European legend, they turned to the zombie, a creature from African lore brought by slaves to Haiti. Utah scholar Kyle Bishop says there’s now a “Zombie Renaissance,” where the undead populate not just film and television, but toys, fun runs, and even a CDC youth education campaign. Tuesday, Bishop joins Doug to talk about why we’re so intrigued by zombies and what they reveal about life in the 21st century. (Rebroadcast)

Kyle Bishop is an Associate Professor of English at Southern Utah University, where he also directs the Honors Program. He's the author of American Zombie Gothic [Indiebound|Amazon] and How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture [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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