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The many ways that British and American societies have inspired and influenced one another in the 20th century was a topic that Studs Terkel explored with great gusto and curiosity. He made several extensive tours of England, starting in 1962 and interviewed dozens of British writers, actors, directors, visual artists, political figures, philosophers and working people such as taxi drivers, pub patrons, rugby fans, carpenters, a newspaper vendor, teachers, and miners. These trips set in place a lifelong fascination with British culture and engendered many deep friendships including with journalist James Cameron, actress Eleanor Bron, and filmmaker Denis Mitchell.  He also connected with British musicians exploring how myths and legends from their culture helped shape music and folk culture in the United States.

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The many ways that British and American societies have inspired and influenced one another in the 20th century was a topic that Studs Terkel explored with great gusto and curiosity.

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