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Frank Rich
Terry Gross talks with Frank Rich, an executive producer of the HBO series Veep, that satirizes American politics. Season 6 is underway. Rich is a former New York Times theater critic who also had a Sunday Times column about the intersection of politics and popular culturea subject he continues to write about in New York Magazine.

Wed, Apr 26, 2017 -- 1:00pm

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