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Thursday, Doug is joined by religion scholar Reza Aslan for a conversation about his latest book, ZEALOT. It's a biography of Jesus of Nazareth, not as he's come to be understood, but as a man living under Roman occupation during a time of religious and political upheaval. Aslan calls Jesus a man of passion who rose up not just against the empire, but also against leaders of his own faith. We'll talk about Jesus' life and times and about how the early Christian church transformed his story. (Rebroadcast)


Reza Aslan is a religion scholar and creative writing professor at University of California, Riverside. His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam [Amazon/Indiebound] and the new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth [Amazon/Indiebound]

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.