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New Essays Satirize the 1980s.

Book critic John Leonard reviews Barbara Ehrenreich's new collection of essays, "The Worst Years of Our Life."


Other segments from the episode on May 22, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 22, 1990: Interview with Michael Herr; Interview with James Toback; Review of Barbara Ehrenreich's book "The Worst Years of Our Life."


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