Levity with singer and humorist Kinky Friedman

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Kinky Friedman at KCRW. Photo by Brian Hardzinski.

Kinky Friedman was born in Chicago, his grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, but he spent most of his life on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. He found fame as a singer-songwriter and satirist in the 1970s -- with profound social commentary mixed in. 

In the 1980s, he became a detective novelist, writing about a fictionalized version of himself solving crimes in New York City.

Then he ran for governor of Texas in 2006, winning 12% of the popular vote as an independent in a five-way race against popular incumbent Republican -- and future Energy Secretary -- Rick Perry.


Kinky Friedman performing. Photo by Brian Molnar. 
Credits

Guest:
Kinky Friedman - musician, author, former Texas gubernatorial candidate

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin