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Studs Terkel’s radio program, with its deeply rooted humanistic approach to the big questions of human life and social organization, was filled with a philosophical inquiry and search for deeper meaning. That said, Terkel did not interview a large number of actual philosophers about specifically “philosophical” books or debates. Instead, listeners will find remarkably similar approaches to the pursuit for metaphysical, ethical or aesthetic understanding, whether the conversation is with an actual celebrated philosopher like Bertrand Russell or a group of teenagers living on the west side of Chicago.