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Penn Jillette's Hatred-Fueled Magic

Jillette, along with his silent partner Teller, created his magic act partly in opposition to the comedy and theater performances he disliked. His duo's edgy, sometimes violent, performances have won Emmy Awards and spawned companion books and videos. Jillette takes pride in maintaining an aggressive persona while treating his audience with respect.

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Other segments from the episode on May 19, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 19, 1989: Interview with Penn Jillette; Commentary on Harold Arlen; Interview with Elmore Leonard; Review of the home video release of the film "Tougher than Leather."

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