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Going Clear

Friday, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright. His investigation into the Church of Scientology is the basis for a new documentary airing on HBO. Wright’s book is more than an expose of the inner workings of Scientology. Wright was interested in a “process of belief” … what makes it so alluring and how rational people can come to believe fantastic things. The book is called Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 [Indiebound|Amazon] earned him a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. His most recent book is called Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. [Indiebound|Amazon]

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief [Indiebound|Amazon] is the basis for a documentary by director Alex Gibney. It premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is currently airing on HBO. [Details]

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.
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