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Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars

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A few years ago, as the debate raged over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, religion scholar Stephen Prothero watched and wondered what all the fuss was about. Hoping to better understand our current culture wars, he began researching similar clashes in America’s past, and he arrived at a provocative conclusion. Conservatives, Prothero says, almost always start the culture wars, and, equally often, liberals end up winning. Thursday, we’ll talk to Prothero about America’s long history of moral and religious battles and why liberals win.

On Thursday, October 6, Stephen Prothero will be at the Salt Lake Public Library to talk about and sign his new book Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars. It’s an event presented by the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, and it’s free and open to the public. DETAILS

Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, and other publications. He’s the author of several books. His newest is called Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) [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.