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Comedian George Carlin and the Absurdity of Language

Carlin stirred up controversy with his bit about seven words inappropriate for broadcast. He joins Fresh Air to talk about about obscenity, performance, and his past drug use.


Other segments from the episode on September 10, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 10, 1990: Interview with George Carlin; Interview with John Mahoney; Review of four new television sitcoms.


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