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The Man Who Quit Money

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Daniel Suelo lives in caves on public land in the Utah canyonlands, foraging blackberries and wild onions, scavenging roadkill, dumpster diving and accepting gifts from friends and strangers.

In 2000, Daniel Suelo left his life savings, just $30, in a phone booth in Moab and walked away. Twelve years later, he enjoys an apparently full and sane life without money, credit, barter or government hand-outs, fulfilling a vision of the good life inspired by his spiritual guides: Jesus, Buddha and wandering Hindu monks. The writer Mark Sundeen has written a book that traces the path and the singular idea that led Suelo to his extreme lifestyle. Friday, we're rebroadcasting our conversation with Sundeen and Suelo.

Mark Sundeen and Daniel Suelo will be at the Main Library in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 27, to discuss Mark's book and Daniel's life. The event begins at  3 p.m. and it's part of the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival. Learn more.


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.