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Franzen Rings in 'Freedom'

Bookstores nationwide are finally releasing Jonathan Franzen’s novel Freedom to the public on Tuesday. 

America has been shaped as much by its writers as by its statesmen, so it seems fitting that at the same time our notions of government are being reshaped by President Barack Obama, Time magazine chose to award its iconic cover, which it tends to reserve for movers and shakers, to novelist Jonathan Franzen.  Franzen’s new book is a chronicle that examines the notion of family, history, and personal liberty in our time.

WNYC's Kurt Andersen speaks with Jonathan Franzen on Saturday September 11 about his new novel on Studio 360.