Doug Fabrizio

Host/Executive Producer, RadioWest

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. He has won numerous awards for his reporting with RadioWest from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association and the Public Radio News Directors Association.

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Abortion may be legal in America, but conservative legislatures have been working for years to pass laws that restrict women’s access to it. Hundreds of those laws have been enacted this decade, and they’ve forced many abortion clinics to close their doors. In a new documentary, filmmaker Dawn Porter tells the stories of clinic workers and lawyers fighting the restrictions designed to regulate abortion out of existence. Porter’s film is called Trapped , and she joins us Tuesday to talk about it. kuer /local-kuer-975319.mp3 Tuesday, we bring you the latest in our documentary film series "Through the Lens." Doug is joined by Errol Morris, whose latest film tells the bizarre story of Joyce McKinney. In 1977, the former beauty queen followed the man of her dreams across the globe. He was serving his Mormon mission; she was convinced he had been brainwashed. The ensuing story of gunpoint abduction landed her in the tabloid headlines....

In 1942 the Japanese army forced about 70,000 US and Filipino prisoners of war to march some 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the way to a prison camp. More than 10,000 died or were summarily executed along the way. Among the survivors was Gene Jacobsen - who published a book about the ordeal. Jacobsen joined us back in 2004 to share his story of three and a half years as a prisoner of war. (Rebroadcast) Gene Jacobsen died May 25, 2007 at the age of 85. Scroll down the page in the...

Before the Civil War, there was another conflict between federal troops and a territory said to be in rebellion. It was the Utah War, and though there were no battles between the army and Brigham Young's Nauvoo Legion, tensions ran high for over a year. Historians David Bigler and Will Bagley have written a new book and they join us to make the case that this was more than just a misunderstanding. They say it was an attempt by Mormon leaders to establish an independent nation in the West.

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When author Brady Udall was asked to write something from his religious background, polygamy seemed to be a natural. Udall was raised Mormon and while polygamy was part of his family history, it's something no one talked about. He says that made him all the more curious. "The Lonely Polygamist" is Brady Udall's third book. It's about a man with 4 wives, 28 children and a mid-life crisis. Udall joins Doug to talk about why this family is quintessentially American. (Rebroadcast) Purchase a CD...

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In 1995, Salt Lake Acting Company was one of the first regional theaters to produce Tony Kushner's seminal play "Angels in America." SLAC's Keven Myhre says it's a work that helped define the company, so it made sense to make it part of the 40th anniversary season. But "Angels" also opens in New York this week, where seats are already sold-out and the run has been extended. Thursday, Tony Kushner and others join us to talk about the epic work and its place in the American canon.

Libertarian scholar David Boaz says that as analysts have tried to label the voters that are swinging elections, they've been getting it all wrong. He says these voters aren't "populist" or "conservative" or even "tea-partiers." According to Boaz, they're libertarians - and they're an emerging force in American politics. Tuesday, Boaz joins us, along with historian Jennifer Burns, for a look at libertarianism and what role it's playing in our political landscape.

NASA's David Morrison has received thousands of letters from people who are terrified over what 2012 may bring. Morrison says there's nothing to worry about, but websites dedicated to surviving a coming doomsday and a new feature film have some panicked. For Daniel Pinchbeck the predictions of the Mayan calendar give us an opportunity for a transformation of human consciousness. Wednesday, Doug talks to Pinchbeck, whose book helped introduce the Mayan Calendar to the world.

In January 2006, the small, rural community of Kanab , Utah became a center of controversy over marriage. The city council passed a unanimous resolution to define a family as "one man, one woman" and a "full quiver" of children. What they weren't ready for was the onslaught of media attention and the divisions it created in town. A new documentary called Natural Family Values is screening in Salt Lake City, and Doug talks with the filmmakers about what happens when democracy and theocracy clash.

Have you ever felt guilt or fear or maybe even attraction and worried that it was written all over your face? For the psychologist Paul Ekman - it is. Ekman's career has been dedicated to studying how emotions are expressed - down to the microexpressions of a simple muscle twitch. Thursday on RadioWest , Paul Ekman joins Doug to talk about his latest book - co-authored with the Dalai Lama - on the nature and quality of our emotional lives.

Falconer on the Edge

Aug 4, 2009

Today we're profiling one of America's greatest falconers, Steve Chindgren . Chindgren spends 6 months a year practicing his ancient sport on the sage prairies of Wyoming. Biographer Rachel Dickinson says it's not just about one man's passion though. Steve Chindgren hunts grouse with his hawks - and changes brought on by the mining and the energy industries could have a dire effect on them all. Chindgren and Dickinson join Doug to talk about the new book "Falconer on the Edge." (Rebroadcast)

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Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday on RadioWest we're profiling one of America's greatest falconers, Steve Chindgren . Chindgren spends 6 months a year practicing his ancient sport on the sage prairies of Wyoming. Biographer Rachel Dickinson says it's not just about one man's passion though. Steve Chindgren hunts grouse with his hawks - and changes brought on by the mining and the energy industries could have a dire effect on them all. Chindgren and Dickinson join Doug to talk about the new book "Falconer on the Edge."

What does failure look like? For brain surgeon Henry Marsh, it's a matter of a patient's very thoughts and feelings. "If something goes wrong," he says, "I can destroy that person's character forever." But Marsh is driven by the need to help, and he's spent years traveling to Kiev, where desperate families hope he'll save their loved-ones. Tuesday, Doug talks to filmmaker Geoffrey Smith. His documentary "The English Surgeon" follows Marsh in his struggle to do good things in a flawed world.

In June of 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received the "Revelation on Priesthood" - granting all men in the church the priesthood regardless of race. Wednesday on RadioWest , Doug talks to the creators of a new documentary called Nobody Knows - The Untold Story of Black Mormons. We'll look at the history that led up to that change, and ask how black members see their position in the church these 30 years later.

Moab, UT – Thursday on RadioWest we're wrapping up our series of programs from Moab with a conversation with a true American original - Heidi Redd . About an hour south of Moab on the border of Canyonlands National Park, you'll find Heidi's home for the last 40 years, Dugout Ranch. About 10 years ago, worried about the prospect of development, she sold the ranch to the Nature Conservancy to preserve it. But that's only one part of the story of a remarkable life.

Thursday on the program, the veteran NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner joins Doug to talk about his new book "The Geography of Bliss." After covering catastrophes in more than 30 countries, Weiner decided it was time to tell the other side of the story. So instead, he traveled the world trying to answer this question: What are the essential ingredients for the good life?

In 2002, Doug Fabrizio talked to Desmond Tutu about his role in helping South Africa heal from the brutality of apartheid. Tutu and others were faced with various paths to take, they chose forgiveness -- something Tutu says is an essential element of African conscientiousness. But justice also had to be dealt with. How does one forgive without forgetting? (Rebroadcast) Purchase a CD of today's RadioWest. Please reference show #332.
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7/13/07: Huck's Raft

Jul 12, 2007

In his landmark book Huck's Raft , the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)

Last month, a televangelist based in Tampa, Florida told his followers that "if you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan!" Many Evangelicals in the country simply don't believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian denomination. A recent Pew Research Center poll indicated that 30% of the public are less likely to support a Mormon for president. Monday on RadioWest , we're asking the very straight-forward question: Are Mormons Christians? For that matter, who is a Christian, and who gets to decide?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. A new documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney ("Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero," "John Paul II: The Millennial Pope") explores the richness, complexities, and controversies of the Mormon story. Doug returns April 30th with Helen Whitney and the new American Experience documentary "The Mormons."

If you were into obscure, but raw music, there was one brief moment in the early 90s when Utah's underground music scene really lived up to its name. They called it punk, but that wasn't the best way of defining the sound. Some of these musicians came out of hardcore straight edge bands. They fused coarse riffs with atonal jazz and hard rock. In the process, they also developed a tight community infused with a remarkable energy. Doug talks with veterans of Salt Lake's punk scene Tuesday on RadioWest .

Jewish and Mormon leaders met yesterday in Salt Lake City to discuss what has become the controversial Mormon practice of proxy baptisms for the dead. Leaders say thousands of Jews, many of them Holocaust victims, have continued to be posthumously baptized in Mormon temples despite a 1995 agreement to stop the practice. Doug is joined by the chairman of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, Ernest Michel, amateur genealogist Carol Skydell , and David Rencher , Director of the Records and Information Division for the Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Do you believe in ghosts? This conversation with the Utah Ghost Hunter Society may change your mind. (repeat)

What does science say about the claims of the Book of Mormon? Is there genetic evidence connecting American Indians and the " Lamanites ?" Guests, Tom Murphy, facility member at the University of Washington, Scott Woodward, Professor of Molecular Biology at BYU, and Terry L. Givens, author of "By the Hand of Mormon."