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"Cosby: His Life And Times"

Simon & Schuster

He was a pitchman for Jell-O and got us moving with Fat Albert. He was the first black man to star in a television drama and gave fatherly advice in the TV show that bore his name and changed the way many people in America viewed African-Americans.

Bill Cosby, of course, is a stand-up comedian and humanitarian. He’s also a complicated human being who works harder to make his comedy work than it looks like on the outside. Former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker has written a new biography of the entertainer titled simply, Cosby: His Life and Times. In this edition of Up to Date, Whitaker talks with Steve Kraske about the many faces of Bill Cosby.

Hear More: Mark Whitaker discusses his biography of Bill Cosby on Thursday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
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