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Reporter Blaine Harden's "Dispatches from a Fragile Continent"

Harden was the bureau chief for the Washington Post in sub-Saharan Africa from 1985-1989. His new book, called Africa, talks about the continent's growing population, strong man rule, and how tribal and familial communities fill needs neglected by the government.


Other segments from the episode on October 9, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 9, 1990: Interview with Blaine Harden; Commentary on John Lennon's musical influences; Interview with Steve O'Donnell; Review of John Updike's novel "Rabbit at…


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