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Eric Weiner’s Journey On ‘The Socrates Express’

Renee Bright

Most of us think we want knowledge and information. We search online, hungrily looking for answers to our questions.

But, according to journalist and author Eric Weiner, what we are really looking for isn’t knowledge, but wisdom.

The difference, he says, is that while information is a jumble of facts, and knowledge a more organized jumble of facts, wisdom is something else all together. Weiner says that wisdom “untangles the facts, makes sense of them and crucially, suggests how best to use them.” Or, more succinctly, “knowledge knows. Widom sees.” In his book The Socrates Express, Weiner details his wisdom-seeking journey – both physical and mental – traveling to locations where past great philosophers lived, worked and thought. And that journey, the very act of traveling from place to place, became just as important to Weiner as did his study of these philosophers’ work. We’ll talk with him about why we need philosophy now, more than ever.

Eric Weiner’s book is The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers. [Bookshop | 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.