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Writer Gore Vidal on American Politics on the Page and Onscreen

One of America's best known literary figures, Gore Vidal was once called "the Gentleman Bitch of American Letters." He has two new books out, "Screening History," part memoir and part film commentary, and "Live from Golgotha," about what would happen if the crucifixtion happened in the age of television. Vidal is also starring in a new movie,"Bob Roberts," directed by Tim Robbins. He joins Fresh Air to talk about his frustration with current American politics.

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Other segments from the episode on September 4, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 4, 1992: Interview with Gore Vidal; Interview with Charlie Haden; Review of Jennifer Warnes' album "The Hunter."

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