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A Social Panic And A Life Cut Short

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In 1989, journalist Alice Tallmadge was dumbfounded when she heard that her niece had recovered memories of a Satanic cult torturing her in grotesque ways. It was part of a hysteria that gripped the nation, and it just wasn’t true.

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In 1989, journalist Alice Tallmadge was dumbfounded by the story she heard from her niece, a 21-year-old living in Logan, Utah. Michelle said she had recovered memories of a Satanic cult torturing her in grotesque ways. Tallmadge was also shocked by how quickly the family came to believe that Satanists were at work in their town. It was part of a hysteria that gripped the nation, and just wasn’t true. In a new memoir, Alice Tallmadge explores the real-life consequences of panic and paranoia.

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Alice Tallmadge is a reporter, writer, and editor. Her new book is called Now I Can See the Moon: A Story of a Social Panic, False Memories, and a Life Cut Short [Indie bookstores|Amazon].

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.