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Russell Baker Reflects on "The Good Times" and Bad

Baker's new memoir, a sequel to his book Growing Up, chronicles his career as a reporter during his twenties and thirties. Book critic John Leonard says that the story, like Baker's New York Times columns, twists and turns to explore the fraught inner workings of journalism.

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Other segments from the episode on June 6, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 6, 1989: Interview with Frank Zappa; Commentary on early country rock musicians; Interview with Dennis Cooper; Review of Russell Baker's memoir "The Good Times."

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