Episode #832

Ford, Dobro, Love

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Studio 360 Episode 745, Ford, Dobro, Love Page from Courtney Love’s Dirty Blonde (photo ©: Jeffrey Thurnhur/ Corbis Outline)

We survive a visit from flamboyant rock diva Courtney Love. Then, our series on American Icons continues with a look at Gone With The Wind, the bestselling novel and blockbuster movie that made the cause of losing gloriously romantic. Plus, a Southern novelist who kept his fiction in the North: Mississippi-born Richard Ford.

American Icons: Gone With the Wind

A look at how the racial politics of Gone with the Wind play out today, and why the story still speaks to readers and viewers.

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