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The Kojo Nnamdi Show: The Life and Complicated Legacy of Marion Barry

Marion Barry makes comments at a hearing on decriminalizing marijuana in Washington, D.C.


Marion Barry makes comments at a hearing on decriminalizing marijuana in Washington, D.C.
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In a career that spanned four decades in D.C. politics– including four terms as Mayor, four terms representing Ward 8 on the DC Council, and six months in federal prison– Marion Barry was the city’s most recognizable and most polarizing public figure. Barry died this weekend at age 78. Kojo, Michelle D. Bernard, former chairperson of the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency which was responsible for the development and financing of the District’s MCI Center (Verizon Center), and others explores Barry’s life – and what he contributed to the city he led for so long.

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Air Date: November 24, 2014 

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