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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.

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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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