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Country Music Legend Merle Haggard

Before he became a musician, Haggard lived the kind of life that's often mythologized in song: hopping freight trains, and doing time prison. In 1994, he was conducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Through his career, Haggard has released over 65 albums, most of which have been charted in the major trades. He landed a Grammy Award in 1984 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "That's The Way Love Goes." His most recent album was "1996" released years ago. This originally aired 8/14/95.

20:08

From the Archives: "Riding the Rails" During the Great Depression.

Two people who as teenagers left home and road trains during The Great Depression: Jim Mitchell and Peggy DeHart are both featured in Michael Uyes film "Riding The Rails". Mitchell was 16 years old in 1933 when he first jumped a train. DeHart was 15 in 1938. The documentary "Riding The Rails" will be featured on PBS Monday night as part of The American Experience series. (REBROADCAST from 9/2/97)

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Michael Uys Chronicles Teenage "Hobos" During the Great Depression.

Film maker Michael Uys. His latest project is Riding The Rails which he co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed. The documentary film recounts the experiences of the more than 250 thousand teenagers who left their homes during The Great Depression and hopped on trains in search for a better life.

22:08

"Riding the Rails" During the Great Depression.

In this part of the show...Terry Gross talks with two people who as teenagers who left home and road trains during The Great Depression. Jim Mitchell and Peggy DeHart are both featured in Michael Uys' film Riding The Rails. Mitchell was 16 years old in 1933 when he first board a train. DeHart was 15 in 1938.

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Country Music Legend Merle Haggard.

Country music legend Merle Haggard. Haggard has been on the country music scene since the early sixties and has more number one hits than any country music star except Conway Twitty. Recently two tribute albums of the songs of Merle Haggard were released: Mama's Hungry Eyes and Tulare Dust. Haggard was also recently inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. (On 4/6/1994 we boradcast a short interview with Haggard. Today's interview is the longer version.)

46:10

An "American Revolutionary" on Living through Decades of Anti-Black Racism

Nelson Peery has just published his memoir, "Black Fire: The Making of an American Revolutionary," about coming of age against a background of racism, the Depression, and World War II. The book chronicles Peery's travels west during the Depression, and his experiences as a soldier fighting in World War II. He writes about his simultaneous love for America and hatred for the people who discriminated against African Americans, especially in the Army.

50:47

An "American Revolutionary" on Living through Decades of Anti-Black Racism

Nelson Peery has just published his memoir, "Black Fire: The Making of an American Revolutionary," about coming of age against a background of racism, the Depression, and World War II. The book chronicles Peery's travels west during the Depression, and his experiences as a soldier fighting in World War II. He writes about his simultaneous love for America and hatred for the people who discriminated against African Americans, especially in the Army.

16:32

How the Other Half Lives.

Journalist Ted Conover. His new book is "Whiteout: Lost in Aspen" about the two years he spent immersed in the culture of Aspen, Colorado, a mecca of sorts for the rich and famous. Conover's other books are "Rolling Nowhere," about riding the rails with America's hoboes, and "Coyotes," about illegal aliens, which was named a notable book of the year by "The New York Times." (His new book is published by Random House).

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Charles Willeford on Writing Mysteries and His Life as a Hobo.

Detective writer Charles Willeford. His novels have earned him a cult following in the genre. He's now being discovered by a wider audience as his earlier novels are being re-issued in paperback. A new novel is about to be published, as well as an autobiography about his years on the road as hobo during the Depression.

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