The Madeleine Brand Show for December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens dies at 62

Christopher Hitchens

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He was an essayist, a provocateur and always unpredictable. Christopher Hitchens died late yesterday of pneumonia, after a battle with cancer. He was 62.

Hitchens wrote several books, including his June 2010 memoir, "Hitch-22." He also wrote for Reason, Vanity Fair, Slate, The Nation and occasionally did stand up comedy.

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