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Jill Lepore On The Rise Of Doubt

Renee Bright / KUER

In the second season of her podcast The Last Archive, historian Jill Lepore journeys through the dusty halls of history to explore the evolution of doubt in the past century.

Beginning with the 1925 Scopes Trial and ending up at the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Lepore investigates the erosion of trust in America. As she examines those events, Lepore focuses on the tools and technologies used to propagate propaganda and disinformation. She also looks into the people who, almost thoughtlessly and heedlessly, use those tools to sow doubt, undermine institutions and upend the arbitration of knowledge. Lepore joined us to talk about how trust itself has come to be politicized.

Check out The Last Archive here.

Original airtime and date: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. MDT

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.