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1/10/12: Billy the Kid

Henry McCarty, aka Billy the Kid, est 1859-1881
Henry McCarty, aka Billy the Kid, est 1859-1881

Tuesday, we're talking about a new American Experience documentary, Billy the Kid. His real name was Henry McCarty and he was just days from hanging when he made his last daring escape from jail. Billy was one of the nation's most notorious criminals and after he was shot a few weeks later by Sheriff Pat Garrett, he became one of the West's most enduring legends. Doug is joined by filmmaker John Maggio and historian Mark Lee Gardner to separate the fact from the myth of Billy the Kid.

  • Billy the Kid: American Experience premieres Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7. For details, click here. For listings in your area, click here


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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.