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A Westerner on Africa's Political "Madness"

New Yorker staff writer Alex Shoumatoff has a new book of essays called African Madness, about his travels throughout the continent. He joins Fresh Air to talk about the brutal reign of Emperor Bokassa in the Central African Republic, Dian Fossey's blind spots regarding the human populations near gorilla habitats, and the spread of AIDS.

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Other segments from the episode on December 16, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 16, 1988: Interview with Alex Shoumatoff; Commentary on Hoagy Carmichael; Interview with Richard Russo; Review of the film "Rain Man."

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