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An Odyssey

Ulysse et Télémaque Massacrent les Prétendants de Pénélope by Thomas Degeorge (1812)

The Odyssey is the epic tale of a hero's return home. It's also about a man's journey through life, from youth to old age. That reading, and a Mediterranean cruise, helped classicist Daniel Mendelsohn develop a deeper relationship with his aging father.

RadioWest divider.

Wednesday, we’re talking about the Odyssey, Homer’s tale of a man’s long journey home. But as the classicist Daniel Mendelsohn says, the hero’s return to Ithaca isn’t the only voyage in which the Odyssey is interested. It’s also about the journey a man takes through life, from birth to death. That underlying theme, and a related Mediterranean cruise, helped Mendelsohn and his father grow closer than they’d ever been. Mendelsohn joins us Wednesday to talk about reading and reliving an epic.


Daniel Mendelsohn is an author, a critic, and a the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. His new book is called An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic [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.