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How the Military Has Purged Gay Personnel

Journalist Randy Shilts is the national correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book, "And the Band Played On," was one of the earliest written about the AIDS epidemic and it's impact on the gay community. Shilts' new book is about gay life in the military, called "Conduct Unbecoming." He started the it in 1988, before the current debate about gays in the military.

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Other segments from the episode on April 23, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 23, 1993: Interview with Randy Shilts; Interview with Andrew Whitley; Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

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