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The Power Of Touch

Renee Bright

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a world where we humans don’t touch each other nearly as much as we used to. How will a touchless world change us?

Neuroscientist David Linden told us that touch is crucial to early human development, even more so than being able to see or hear. And touch is key to life satisfaction and happiness when we’re older, too. (Even basketball teams have more wins when team members positively touch each other.) But after the pandemic ends, will people even want to touch each other again? If not, Linden worries we may find ourselves living in a colder, less trusting world. We’ll talk with Linden this Friday at noon, and check in with writer Terry Tempest Williams and therapist Kristin Hodson to hear how they are thinking about our less touchy world. 


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.