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Staff Picks: Natural Born Heroes

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When journalist Christopher McDougall wrote the book that kicked off the barefoot running movement, he got to thinking about what makes a hero. He joins us to explore how people can develop their natural skills to be ready in a crisis. This episode picked by producer Benjamin Bombard.

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Christopher McDougall is the journalist who wrote the book that kicked off the barefoot running movement. While he was writing, McDougall came across the story of a Greek foot messenger who accomplished remarkable athletic feats during World War II. That got him thinking about what makes a hero. He learned that it isn’t chance that creates heroes, and you don’t have to be superhuman either. McDougall joins us to explore how normal people can develop their natural skills to be ready in a crisis.  

Producer Benjamin Bombard's thoughts on the episode:

We’re obsessed with stories at RadioWest. And a good story sucks you in immediately. It establishes an emotional connection, and that connection provokes an intimate, personal response. You start to care. You become curious. You want to know more; you need to know more. And the writer Christopher McDougall is a great storyteller. He’s interested in how humans move and how we’re naturally built to move. Which is interesting, but without that human connection, it might not be any more than that. So when he wrote a book about parkour, the limits of endurance, and how you fuel that kind of effort, McDougall did it with a story.

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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