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The legal systems of the United States and other countries were zestfully interrogated on Studs Terkel’s radio show. Whether talking with conscientious objects like Father Daniel Berrigan , Muhammad Ali, members of the African National Congress in South Africa or the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, or reflecting on the sometimes absurd views of crime and punishment with his friend the novel Nelson Algren or Chicago teenagers, Studs (who himself studied law at the University of Chicago) recognized that the law could either be an arbitrary tool of oppressive, or, in the hands of people like his legal idol Clarence Darrow, a powerful means of social justice.