Discussing the book "American journey" with the journalist-author Richard Reeves.
Aileen and Eugene Smith discuss their photographic essay book, "'Minamata', Words and Photographs," documenting the mercury poisoning of residents and their legal battles with the polluting company Chisso.
Michael J. Arlen discusses his book Thirty Seconds, published in 1980. He goes on to discuss the advertising agencies and the work that goes into a television commercial. Rebroadcast.
Studs and investigative journalist Fred J. Cook discuss Cook's book "The Corrupted Land: The Social Morality of Modern Americans" (Macmillan, 1966). The main topics of conversation are social morality and the corruption of the American business ethic. Terkel and Cook discuss unsung heroes, television quiz scandals,
Ira B. Harkey discusses the south, civil rights, race relations, racism, his newspaper, and his career. Includes Ira Harkey reading his writing from his newspaper the Mississippi "Chronicle-Star."
Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple talks with Studs about her documentary "American Dream" and the battle fought and lost by union workers in Austin, Minnesota during the mid-80s. They set the backdrop in the small, tight-knit community that Hormel Foods had such a profound impact on, how the UFCW international union declined to support the local union, the gripping dynamics between family members who crossed picket lines, and the healing that occurred when the film was screened in the town several years later.
Discussing the book "India, India" and interviewing the author Lisa Hobbs.
Ira B. Harkey discusses the south, civil rights, race relations, racism, his newspaper, and his career. Includes Ira Harkey reading from his newspaper the Mississippi "Chronicle-Star".
Studs Terkel reads Marya Mannes' speech at a Planned Parenthood rally in 1964.
Marya Mannes talks about her book But Will It Sell?, published in 1964. Mannes talks about American life and consumerism.
An interview with teacher and lecturer, Juliet Mitchell, who is a Marxist. She shares her support for the women's movement and talks about issues that affect women especially gender inequality. Juliet also refers to some comparisons between British and American women's movement.