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A Conversation with Marilynne Robinson

Christian Scott Heinen Bell

In her new book, the famed writer Marilynne Robinson offers a series of essays that amount to a critique of contemporary society. Robinson is a devout Christian and an avowed humanist, and she puts humankind at the center of creation, because of its unique value and in spite of its errors. She also laments that our once great exploration of intellectual and artistic potential has been eclipsed by a fascination with technology. Robinson joins us Tuesday to talk about her work and her hope for humanity.

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Lila, Home, Gilead, and Housekeeping, in addition to four books of nonfiction. Her latest is called The Givenness of Things [Amazon|Indiebound]. She teaches at the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop.

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.