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Ryan Zinke's Agenda

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As a congressional representative from Montana, Ryan Zinke drove a Prius, spoke out about climate change, and fought the takeover of public lands. How has his tune changed since becoming US Secretary of the Interior more than a year ago?

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Monday, we’re talking about US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. It’s been over a year since he was confirmed to his position overseeing 20 percent of America’s land. Zinke bills himself as a public servant in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt, one of America’s greatest conservationists. But according to the journalist Elliott Woods, Zinke has pursued an agenda as Interior Secretary that advances his political career at the cost of our public lands. Woods joins us to assess Zinke’s time on the job.


Elliott Woods is a correspondent at Outside magazine and a contributing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. He has written several articles about US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke for Outside, including a lengthy profile published in December.

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.
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