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Kids on the Autism Spectrum

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courtesy Weber State Performing Arts

Thursday, we're trying to understand autism through the eyes of a child. Our guide is a fictional character, an 11-year-old named Caitlin at the center of Utah playwright Julie Jensen's latest work. Caitlin is navigating the classroom, the playground and an unexpected tragedy at home, while her teachers and father work to help her make sense of it all. Jensen and the Weber State University cast will join us, along with expert Dr. Sam Goldstein, for a conversation about kids on the autism spectrum.

Mockingbird runs March 27 - April 5 at Weber State University's Eccles Theater, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, call 801-626-8500 or visit www.weberstatetickets.com

Guests:

  • Dr. Sam Goldstein, University of Utah. Among his many books are Raising Resilient Children with Austism Spectrum Disorders [Amazon|Indiebound] and Billy and the Rock Hounds, illustrated by his patient with autism Julia Adams
  • Playwright Julie Jensen
  • Director Tracy Callahan, Weber State University
  • Cast member's of Weber State University's production Mockingbird

Julie Jensen's play is based on the book Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. [Amazon|Indiebound]

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.