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Ruby Ridge

PBS/American Experience, Courtesy of Dave Hunt

In August 1992, a tense and disastrous event took place at Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho. The family of Randy Weaver had been holed up for months with a cache of firearms at their mountaintop home. He was wanted for a federal offense, and when U.S. Marshals surveilling the property crossed paths with the Weavers, a firefight broke out. The ensuing standoff mesmerized the country and inflamed anti-government sentiment. Tuesday, we’re talking about what happened at Ruby Ridge and its resonance today.

Barak Goodman directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the documentary Ruby Ridge, which is airing on Tuesday as part of the PBS series American Experience. Here in Utah, it’s showing at 8 p.m. on KUED Channel 7. [NOTE: On the program we incorrectly listed the screening time as 9 p.m. We apologize for the error.] You can now view the program in its entirety at PBS.org.

Mr. Goodman also wrote, directed, and co-produced the documentary film Oklahoma City for American Experience. It’s about the 1995 bombing by Timothy McVeigh of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As noted in that film, McVeigh’s action were inspired, among other things, by his reaction to the events at Ruby Ridge. You can view the film in its entirety at PBS.org.

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.