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Homeless Violinist, Journalist Forge Unlikely Friendship

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez was strolling through the city when he saw a homeless man playing classical violin. His name, Lopez discovered, is Nathaniel Ayers. And, in addition to musical talent, Nathaniel has schizophrenia.

Lopez talks with Farai Chideya about his friendship with Ayers and how he captured it in his new book, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music.

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