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Saint Augustine: Conversions to Confessions

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"The Conversion of St. Augustine," by Fra Angelico (circa 1395–1455)";

Saint Augustine is one of Christianity’s most influential figures, and yet his path to sainthood was wayward. For his first 30 years, Augustine studied rhetoric, Gnosticism, and philosophy, all the while indulging in lust and greed. He struggled to understand the nature and world of God. In a new book, historian Robin Lane Fox explores how Augustine's quest for knowledge and faith led him to Christianity and celibacy. Fox joins us Monday to discuss Augustine’s journey from conversion to The Confessions.

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.