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Fresh Air, Katherine Graham and Kevin Whitehead

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 44 mins

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Remembering former publisher of The Washington Post, Katherine Graham and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on this edition of Fresh Air. Graham died on July 17, at the age of 84. Graham's father owned The Washington Post in 1933 and later her husband, Phil Graham, took over. Following her husband's suicide in 1963, Graham became publisher, knowing little about the managerial or journalistic aspects of the job. But, learning while she worked, she transformed the paper into one of the country's most respected newspapers. The paper broke the Watergate scandal and published the Pentagon Papers against a federal judge's ruling. Graham also became chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Media company. She wrote about her childhood and experiences as publisher in her Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiography Personal History. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new anthology Woody Herman - Blowin' Up a Storm: The Columbia Years 1945-47. (Original Broadcast Date: February 17, 1997)
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