The role of the media in our society was a topic that fascinated Terkel throughout his radio career and he delighted in reflecting on the state of journalism and broadcasting with some of the 20th century’s most lively and pugnacious practitioners. Studs chatted gleefully with journalist friends such as columnists Mike Royko and Jimmy Breslin, the investigators of the Watergate scandal Woodward and Bernstein, leaders of the New Journalism movement such as Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, television and radio journalism luminaries like Dick Cavett, Alistair Cooke, Dave Garroway, Bill Moyers and Elsa Knight Thompson, international journalists such as James Cameron or Vitaly Korotich, and theorists of the media like Marshall McLuhan, to bring fresh perspectives to our ever more complex media-centric world.

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