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Why do so many cultures and faiths teach some version of an afterlife? Monday, skeptic Michael Shermer joins us to talk about our obsession with immortality and what it means for life here and now.

RadioWest divider.

You probably won’t be surprised that a Pew Forum survey found 95% of Mormons believe in heaven. But get this: Another study learned that 32% with no religious affiliation believe in some sort of life after death. Michael Shermer is editor of Skeptic Magazine, and he’s just written a book that asks what it is that makes belief in an afterlife so … human. Shermer joins us Monday to talk about our ongoing obsession with immortality and what it means for our life here on earth.

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His book is called Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

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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