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Sexual Awakening and Career Opportunism

Critic-at-large Laurie Stone reviews a new biography called The Dr. Ruth Phenomenon, about the popular sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. Westheimer is a Holocaust survivor and was wounded while fighting for Israeli independence. Stone says Westheimer's history of struggle and survival informs her sometimes fragmented career choices and sanitized public persona; while an imperfect spokesperson for the sexual revolution, Dr. Ruth deserves the fame she enjoys.


Other segments from the episode on July 24, 1987

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 24, 1987: Interview with Leonard Feather; Interview with Marty Grosz; Interview with John Krich; Review of Barbara Multer-Wellin's book "The Dr. Ruth Phenomenon."


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