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Exchange Exemplar: The Stories That Tell Us Who We Are


Any society heading for more repression tends to put a lid on its fiction writers. 

Azar Nafisi, who lived under the regime in Iran, has seen it happen.  She demonstrated fiction's power when she taught there; she appreciates it at least as much now that she lives in the United States. 

Azar Nafisi joined us in 2015 to talk about books that should and do motivate Americans: The Republic of Imagination: A Life in Books.  Her moving tribute to the power of the written word in America is repeated here. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.