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Parenting In The Age Of Fear

Flatiron Books

In a new book, the writer Kim Brooks investigates how a culture of fear and anxiety has shaped modern parenting. It’s also about her personal story of defending herself against a charge of child neglect.

RadioWest divider.

In March of 2011, Kim Brooks, an underemployed writer and frazzled mom, made a split-second decision. She left her 4-year-old son in the car while she ran into a store for a few minutes. What she didn’t know was that a stranger had filmed her and given the video to the police, who charged her with neglect. In a new book, Brooks recounts the fallout from that single moment. She also investigates how a growing culture of fear and anxiety has shaped modern American parenting, for better and worse.

Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her writing has appeared in the New York TimesNew York magazine, and on Salon.com. Her new book is called Small Animals: Parenting in the Age of Fear [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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