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Spillover

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Two Americans contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, and while experts say the chances of a US outbreak are very small, it's got a lot of people thinking about the deadly virus. Ebola is a "spillover" a disease that originated in animals and moved to humans. It's the kind of disease science writer David Quammen traveled the world studying. Doug spoke with him a few years ago, and Friday, we're rebroadcasting that conversation. It's about the science, history and human impact of "Spillover."(Rebroadcast)

  • David Quammen is the author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic [Amazon|Indiebound]
  • David Quammen spoke with NPR on August 5 about the Ebola cases. He says that while he doesn't think Ebola will see a big outbreak, he does think "it's a dress rehearsal for the next big one." You can read the full interview here
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.