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'Fresh Air' at 20: Anthropologist Robert Murphy

Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic broadcasts. In this segment: Anthropologist Robert Murphy. In 1972, his body began to twinge with muscle spasms that wouldn't go away; doctors discovered a debilitating tumor growing on his spinal cord.

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Legendary Singer Teddy Pendergrass

The soul musician has written his autobiography "Truly Blessed" (Putnam). Pendergrass was a popular soul singer in the group "Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes". He went solo in 1976. In 1982, he was paralyzed after a near fatal car accident in Philadelphia, his hometown. Since then he has returned to the studio and produced several albums.

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Documenting Disability

In his new memoir, The Body Silent, anthropologist Robert Francis Murphy explores his experiences as a quadriplegic, a condition brought on by a spinal tumor.

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Documenting Disability

In his new memoir, The Body Silent, anthropologist Robert Francis Murphy explores his experiences as a quadriplegic, a condition brought on by a spinal tumor.

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