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Calvin Trillin on the Freedom Riders.

July 18th, 2011

Episode 211 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, Calvin Trillin remembers reporting on the Freedom Rides, a civil-rights campaign aimed at demonstrating the illegal segregation of interstate bus travel. Here Trillin talks with Blake Eskin about starting out as a rookie reporter in the South in 1961, his decision to get on the bus with the Freedom Riders, and how the tense confrontations he witnessed could also be darkly humorous.

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