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Memory's Last Breath

In 2010, Gerda Saunders learned that she has dementia. She was 61 years old at the time, and soon had to leave her post teaching at the University of Utah. So, Gerda started writing what she calls her field notes on dementia. She said she wanted to be like an anthropologist documenting a tribe. The result is a memoir. It’s called Memory’s Last Breath, and in it Saunders examines what losing her memory is doing her identity. Tuesday, we're rebroadcasting an interview with Saunders about her book and her life. (Rebroadcast)

Gerda Saunders served as Associate Director for the University of Utah’s Gender Studies Program. She’s the author of a collection of short stories called Blessings on the Sheep Dog [Indie Bookstores|Amazon], and her new memoir is called Memory’s Last Breath: Field Notes on my Dementia [Indie Bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

On Thursday, September 7, at 3 pm, Gerda will give a reading of her memoir at the Tanner Humanities Center on the University of Utah campus. It's part of the Talks at the Tanner series. DETAILS

Watch the latest in our series of short films about Gerda. It's about her fabulous sense of style, and whether all the effort she's putting into her appearance will worth it when she can no longer manage it herself. Watch all the RadioWest films about Gerda here.

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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