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A collection of our conversations with author and journalist Charles Bowden. His body of work includes his observations about the American psyche, essays on the natural world, and gritty stories about drug violence and other crimes. Many of these stories come from his home in the desert southwest. Bowden died August 30, 2014 at the age of 69. He was regarded as one of the most powerful writers of our time

Murder City

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"Rope" by Alice Leora Briggs. From her book Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez with text by Charles Bowden

Journalist Charles Bowden has spent some 15 years writing about Ciudad Juarez and in that time, he's witnessed what he describes as the collapse of a society. In 2009, there were 2,600 murders in Juarez - up from around 300 in 2007. Houses sit empty, jobs have disappeared and drug cartels hold the city in their grip. Bowden is in Salt Lake and Thursday, he joins Doug to talk about his new book Murder City.

Charles Bowden's book is called Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields. [Indiebound|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.