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December 28, 2010

A Hard Time For The Funny Pages

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A Hard Time For The Funny Pages

Keith Knight wanted to be a cartoonist ever since he wrote a high school book report on Animal Farm in the form of a comic. Keith's teacher gave him an A-plus.

The life of a cartoonist was not easy and certainly wasn't lucrative. But Keith caught a big break when he launched his first syndicated comic strip, which started running in many high profile papers. Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry. As papers across the country continue to fold, Keith has lost some distribution, but he's managed to keep his head above water. Keith talks with Dick Gordon about keeping up with his always looming daily deadline, and his life in the funny pages. This story originally aired on May 26, 2009.

 

Her Own Words

Native American languages are disappearing at an alarming rate. It's thought that there are about 160 such languages left in the U.S. As many as half those languages could disappear in the next decade. Helen Roy is trying to keep her native language, Ojibwe, alive. Helen was one of thousands of Native American children who were sent to residential schools to be "civilized." Helen was beaten for speaking Ojibwe. She talks with Dick about the innovative approach she has taken to preserving the language - putting the traditional music to pop songs. This story originally aired on June 1, 2009.

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