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Larry Kramer Wouldn’t Be Quiet

“You can’t make progress without people like Larry Kramer.”


Episode Notes

Larry Kramer always made sure you heard him loud and clear. He was a playwright, a novelist, but he was perhaps best known for his work as an AIDS activist. In the 1980s and 1990s, Kramer sought to wake up the world to the plague that was killing millions of people through provocative demonstrations, fiery essays, and righteous anger. A world class troublemaker, Kramer died last week leaving a body of work that could serve as a lesson for this moment in American history.

Guest: Mark Harris, a journalist and writer at New York Magazine.

For a closer look at the history of ACT UP check out: United in Anger: A History of ACT UP.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.