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The Story in Our Genes

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Photo by Espen Sundve, CC via Flickr, https://bit.ly/2ITAqrs

Monday, we’re going to try to give A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. It’s actually the title of geneticist Adam Rutherford’s new book. It describes the history of humankind through genetics.

RadioWest divider.

Geneticist Adam Rutherford says race doesn’t exist, but racism does. It illustrates the reason he wrote his ambitiously titled book, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. Researchers are uncovering more and more information about our evolutionary past, but there’s still a massive disconnect between what the layperson understands about human genetics and what science has to teach us. Rutherford joins us to talk about the story of our species and why getting it right really matters. 

Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, science writer, and broadcaster. He's hosted BBC radio and television programs, and writes for The Guardian. His latest book is called  A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived [Indie bookstores|Amazon]

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.