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John Colapinto: 'This is the Voice'

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How much can you know about someone just from hearing their voice? According to journalist John Colapinto, more than you might think.

In his book, This Is the Voice, Colapinto writes that our voices convey much more than just one timbre or another – they communicate our personalities, our moods and our backgrounds. In short, he told us, our voices are us, and speaking, he reminds us, is an amazing thing to be able to do. Colapinto even says it was our talent for talking that propelled us to dominance over the rest of the animal kingdom. He joins us to talk about the voice this Friday at 12 p.m. [Rebroadcast]

John Colapinto is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His book is This Is the Voice.[IndieBound|Amazon|Audible| Bookshop]

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.