'Fresh Air' at 20: Harmonica Legend Larry Adler Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. In this segment: Harmonica player Larry Adler performed with legendary entertainers including Fred Astaire, George Gershwin, and Jack Benny, but he was blacklisted amid the anti-communist fervor surrounding the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. Adler moved to England not long after; he died in August 2001. Rebroadcast from June 19, 1987.
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'Fresh Air' at 20: Harmonica Legend Larry Adler

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'Fresh Air' at 20: Harmonica Legend Larry Adler

'Fresh Air' at 20: Harmonica Legend Larry Adler

'Fresh Air' at 20: Harmonica Legend Larry Adler

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Fresh Air went national in 1987, and we're celebrating that 20th anniversary by revisiting some classic interviews. In this segment: Harmonica player Larry Adler performed with legendary entertainers including Fred Astaire, George Gershwin, and Jack Benny, but he was blacklisted amid the anti-communist fervor surrounding the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. Adler moved to England not long after; he died in August 2001. Rebroadcast from June 19, 1987.