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Wednesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Author James Geary says wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.”

RadioWest divider.

Wednesday, a conversation about wit and wittiness. Our guest is the author James Geary, who says that wit is more than just a knack for snappy comebacks. He calls it a “fundamental operating system of human creativity.” It helps reshape the world as we know it, often with an implied punch line. Wit is wise and frisky and honest, and without it, life would be pretty boring. Geary joins us to explore the various forms of wit, how it works, and why we need it.

James Geary is deputy curator of Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. He's the author of several books about language and wordplay. His latest is Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It [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.