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Michael Chabon on his latest novel Telegraph Avenue

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 14 October 2012

Pulitzer prizewinning Michael Chabon's latest novel Telegraph Avenue, is set around a small independent record store in Oakland, California. It examines early 21st century America, from racial integration to the encroachment of big business, all to the soundtrack of jazz funk.

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Producer: Andrea Kidd.

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    Opening extract: Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

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