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A Former Communist Remembers

While he served as a Party leader, Junius Irving Scales was arrested and convicted under the Smith Act. After his release from prison, Scales left the party after revelations over Stalin's actions in the Soviet Union. His new book, called Cause at Heart, recalls his work as a political activist.

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Other segments from the episode on July 28, 1987

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 28, 1987: Interview with Junius Irving Scales; Commentary on Etta James; Interview with John Bear and Marina Bear; Review of Gunter Grass's novel "The Rat."

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