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Why Men Fight

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Gilberto Tadday
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Jonathan Gottschall (L)

When a mixed martial arts studio moved in across the street from literary scholar Jonathan Gottschall’s office, the timing couldn’t have been better. Gottschall was in a mid-life crisis; he was out of shape and his academic career was stalling. So joining the gym was personal, but he was also fascinated by these questions: Why do men fight and why do we like to watch? Tuesday, Gottschall joins Doug to talk about his experience in the cage, and about violence and the rituals that contain it. (Rebroadcast)

Jonathan Gottschall is a distinguished fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. He's the author of The Storytelling Animal [Indiebound|Amazon] and his new book The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch [Indiebound|Amazon]

Earlier this year, VideoWest sat down with University of Utah biologist David Carrier to get his insight on man as a fighting animal. The short film is called MADE TO FIGHT

https://vimeo.com/165885006">Made to Fight from https://vimeo.com/user9551640">KUER's VideoWest/RadioWest on Vimeo.

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.