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March 11, 2010

Malagasy Homecoming


Razia Said grew up in her grandmother's home in Madagascar, dancing and singing on the table as her relatives clapped. When she was 11, her mother came and took her away to live in West Africa with a French stepfather. Razia eventually went even further, to New York City, where she was singing R&B and jazz: she'd never felt so homesick. It wasn't until Razia had a baby that she began writing and singing in Malagasy, the language she grew up with. She ended up returning to Madagascar to record traditional music. The environmental devastation she saw there became the subject of her album.



When she was 90, Doris "Granny D" Haddock walked across the country to lobby for campaign finance reform. She became an instant hero, but that walk was nothing compared to her 2004 run for the US Senate - at age 94. Granny D died earlier this week. She was 100 years old. 

Today we remember "Granny D." On October 17, 2007, Dick Gordon talked with a still feisty "Granny", her son Jim and Marlo Poras, who made a film about her unlikely campaign called "Run Granny Run." 


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