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Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we’re celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. First up: Jerry Seinfeld, who sat down with Terry Gross before Seinfeld made him a star. Rebroadcast from Sept. 2, 1987. PLUS, Jackie Mason. His comic roots are planted firmly in the Borscht Belt, but he’s conquered everything from HBO to Broadway. Rebroadcast from Sept. 29, 1987.

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As Philadelphia focus on violence in the City, our guests take a look at the growing problem of drug trafficking on street corners which plays a significant role in street crime and illegal gun ownership. We talk with criminologist and Rutgers professor PATRICK CARR and STEVEN VOLK whose profile of the “Top 10 Drug Corners” was published in The Philadelphia Weekly’s May 2-8 issue.

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Growing up gay in the American south during the 1960s. We talk with KEVIN SESSUMS author of Mississippi Sissy. He is a contributing editor to Allure magazine, and spent 14-years as a writer at Vanity Fair. He also served as executive editor to Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. He lives in New York City.

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