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The Favorite Poem Project.

Last week the opening event of the Favorite Poem Project, was held at New York's Town hall. The Project is part of poet laureate Robert Pinksy's plan to have 1000 average Americans recite their favorite poem and archive it on audio or video tape. The Town Hall event brought together such notable people as Geraldine Ferraro, Arthur M. Schlesginer Jr., and choreographer Bill T. Jones, as well as junior and high-school students. We'll excerpt a part of the event. We feature readings by: Ed Bradley, of 60 Minutes; Louis Rodriguez, a high school student; Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, a minister; Don Chiappetta, of the Literacy Volunteers of America; singer-songwriter, Suzanne Vega, and radio personality Garrison Keillor.

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Other segments from the episode on April 9, 1998

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 9, 1998: Interview with Ben Folds; Commentary on poetry; Review of Paul Robeson's album "Songs of Free Men."

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