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Sliver of Light

In the summer of 2009, Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were hiking in Iraqi Kurdistan when they unknowingly crossed into Iran and were arrested. Accused of espionage, they were thrown into Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison, subjected to harsh interrogation and put in solitary confinement. Sarah was released after 14 months; Shane and Josh remained in prison another 10 months. In a new book, “the hikers” tell their side of the story and recount how they survived their ordeal. They’ll join us Monday to talk about it.


  • Shane Bauer is an investigative journalist and photographer.
  • Joshua Fattal is an historian with a background in environmental sustainability.
  • Sarah Shourd is a writer, educator and contributing editor to Solitary Watch.

Their book is called A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran [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.