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Author and Labor Attorney Thomas Geoghegan

Author and labor attorney Thomas Geoghegan (GAY-GUN). He was an observer for the dissident faction in a United Mine Workers election in the 1970s and he defended steelworkers stripped of their pension rights in the 1980s. He's written a new book, "Which Side Are You On?: Trying to be for Labor When it's Flat on its Back," which looks at the decline of the labor unions in the 1980s from the view of someone who came to join the union staff as a young idealistic lawyer hoping to use the law as an instrument for social change. (published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

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Other segments from the episode on August 20, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 20, 1991: Interview with Thomas Geoghegan; Review of Willie Nelson's album "Who'll Buy My Memories, Vol. 1 : The IRS Tapes"; Interview with Joel Hodgson and Mike…

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