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Remembering Marlon Riggs.

We pay tribute to Professor and filmmaker Marlon Riggs, who died Tuesday. His film about gay black sexuality, "Tongues Untied," unleashed a storm of controversy for its graphic content; it was used by Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, North Carolina), to argue against government grants to the arts. Another RIGGS film was "Color Adjustment," a critique of prime time TV's myths and messages on American race relations. RIGGS was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. (Rebroadcast of 7/11/1991)

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Other segments from the episode on April 8, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 8, 1994: Interview with Philip Levine; Interview with Kurt Vonnegut; Interview with Grace Paley; Obituary for Marlon Riggs.

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