NPR FOR THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When You Can’t


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The late George Crile, a producer for CBS’ 60 Minutes, wrote the book that inspired the new film Charlie Wilson’s War. It’s the story of an East Texas congressman who, with help from a CIA operative, steered money and arms to Afghan mujahedeen fighting against the Soviet invasion. Later in this segment: A chat with Charlie Wilson, who’s since retired and gone to work as a lobbyist. ALSO, Ike Turner, the soul-music star and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, died this week. He was 76, and had reportedly suffered from emphysema. Turner shaped the sound of early rock ‘n’ roll, co-writing and playing piano on the 1951 song “Rocket 88.” (He was the “Jackie Brenston” of Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats.) Then, in 1958, he discovered a singer named Anna Mae Bullock; before long, she and his band both had new names, and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue became one of the hottest acts of the ’60s and early ’70s. His legacy as a songwriter and bandleader was tarnished, though, when Tina Turner revealed that their 13-year marriage was marred by drug abuse and domestic violence. We remember him with this Fresh Air interview from Aug. 22, 1996.

IKE & TINA TURNER: I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

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