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Brad Ricca On The Real Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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The 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark is a cultural icon. Less known is the true story of the 1909 expedition lead by British nobleman Montagu Parker to find the Ark of the Covenant.

In his new book, True Raiders, author Brad Ricca brings Parker’s story to life. Dared by a beautiful woman and armed with secret knowledge of the Ark’s location — apparently decoded from the Bible itself by a Finnish priest — Parker and a band of fellow adventurers set out for Jerusalem to unearth the holy relic. Ricca joins us this Friday at noon for to recount this real-life adventure story.

Brad Ricca's book is True Raiders: The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition to Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant. [BookShop|Indie Bound|AudibleAmazon]

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.