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Plagues And The Fate Of Rome

Renee Bright

We know we’re not the first civilization to face a paralyzing pandemic – the history of plagues and pandemics is a long one when you look back over time. 

According to historian Kyle Harper, the great Roman Empire is one of the most notable that was hit with and ultimately lost to the power of forces like viruses and natural disasters. He’s the author of The Fate of Rome, where he charts how Romans stood against infectious diseases and climate change until the added burdens of outside forces eventually changed their whole society. 

Dr. Kyle Harper’s book is The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease and the End of an Empire.  [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.