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Scott Carrier is a writer, photographer, award-winning independent radio producer, and creator of a listener-supported podcast called Home of the Brave. His voice is hypnotic, often haunting, perplexed and discomfiting, as he challenges himself and his readers to ask the questions they fear the most.
He was born in Lawrence, Kansas, when Wilt Chamberlain was a Jayhawk; his dad and his doctor had to duck out early to catch a game. His parents moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, when he was about six years old, and he has lived there ever since, an outsider to Utah’s predominantly Mormon culture, often finding refuge in the mountains. In high school, he found his way by playing football. He was too small, but he made the team by lowering his head and attacking without regard for his own safety or the size of his opponent. That ethos has shaped his writing career.
He was educated at the University of Colorado (BA, Anthropology), the University of Utah (MS, Communications) and, briefly, at the Anthropological Film School, an independent program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specialized in cinema verite – which he left once he realized that while film was too costly to finance himself, he could apply the same principles to radio, which he could learn to do on his own. The next year, 1983, he hitchhiked across the United States, recording interviews with people he met along the way, and showed up unexpected at the door of National Public Radio’s studio in Washington, DC. Within days, a