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Kristen Richardson On The History Of Debutantes

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Have you ever heard of the Texas Dip? It’s a wild curtsy you might see performed—or botched—at a debutante ball. Kristen Richardson calls it a magic trick. And, yes, debutantes are still a thing. They’re the subject of her new book The Season.

Debutante balls used to be upper class young women’s first foray into society. Really, though, the debutante season was a crucial step on the way to getting married. Today, debutante balls are mostly expensive parties for wealthy teens. But, Richardson argues in The Season, here’s more to the story as she traces their history of social change, race and class, from Europe to America. 

Kristen Richardson’s book is The Season: A Social History of the Debutante. [IndieBound|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.