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Richard Pryor biography

Richard Pryor was many things: a comic genius, an actor, a social critic and a one-time drug addict. He was a man who as a child absorbed everything around his troubled young life; from his strict brothel running grandmother and his tough father to the characters in the family run nightclub, and learned to find humor in it all. There have been more than a few biographies on Pryor but the latest, called Becoming Richard Pryor, is different. Author Scott Saul was able to get people in Richard's life who were gun shy in the past to open up about the man. Saul joins on Morning Shift to talk about his work before he gives a lecture at 3 p.m. at Loyola University Chicago. (Saul)

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