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Historian and civil rights activist Roger Wilkins and writer Vernor Vinge on this edition of Fresh Air. Wilkins has written a new book Jefferson's Pillow. He considers our founding fathers and their conflicting attitudes toward race and how it affects his own sense of patriotism. Wilkins is a professor of history at George Mason University, a Pulitzer-prize winner, and former Assistant Attorney General under President Johnson. And, Vinge is the author of 16 books of science fiction, he gained a cult following for his early role in writing about cyber-culture and the Internet. His book Across Realtime, came out last year. He talks about the difficulty of writing science fiction when technology out dates itself as rapidly as it does. He teaches computer science at San Diego State. (Broadcast Dates: June 28, 2001 and November 14, 2000)
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