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From the Archives, Fresh Air's 10th Anniversary: Bug Wranglers, Blond Bombshells, and "Being Black."

We commemorate our 10th year as a daily national show with interviews from 1987:
(a) Entomologist Dave Brody, curator of the entomology department of the Museum of Natural History in New York. Brody was the insect consultant for films like "Creepshow" and "The Believers." (Rebroadcast of 7/9/1987)

(b) Mamie Van Doren, one of Hollywood's blond bombshells in the fifties and sixties. She starred in the cult classics "Untamed Youth," "High School Confidential," and "Born Reckless." She wrote a kiss-and-tell memoir "Playing the Field." (Rebroadcast of 10/1/1987)

(c) Film director Robert Townsend. Terry talked with him at the time of the release of his film "Hollywood Shuffle," which took a satiric look at the roles offered to blacks in Hollywood. He's a former standup comedian and actor. (Rebroadcast of 6/9/1987)


Other segments from the episode on October 24, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 24, 1997: Interviews with Dave Brody, Mamie Van Doren, and Robert Townsend; Interviews with Matt Groening, Ned Beatty, and Frankie Laine; Review of the film …


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