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Sebastian Junger on Conflict and Coming Together

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Tim Hetherington, http://www.timhetheringtontrust.org
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The journalist Sebastian Junger has noticed that for many veterans, and even some civilians, war feels better than peace, and he has a theory about why that might be. War, he says, compels us to band together and support one another in pursuit of a clear goal. But under the normal conditions of modern culture, we lose those connections, and we feel lonely and lost. Thursday, Junger joins us to discuss why we’re stronger when we come together and what tribal societies can teach us about leading meaningful lives.

Sebastian Junger is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of a number of books, including The Perfect Storm, War, and A Death in Belmont. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the documentary film Restrepo. His latest book is called Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging [Amazon|Indiebound|Audible].

Junger recommends the book Sapiens [Amazon|Indiebound]  by Yuval Noah Harari if you'd like to learn more about the history of human cultural evolution from savannah-dwelling primates to earth's lone surviving hominid species.

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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