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.
Ann Banks discusses her book First Person America, published in November 1980, which documents over 80 oral histories from the time of the Federal Writers' Project, which was part of Works Progress Administration.
Charles Eames an architect, designer, artist, filmmaker and student of human nature talks with Studs about his years of travel in India and Europe. He discusses studying architecture and working as an architect and the nature of his film making.
Charles Grant discusses painter George Bellows; also includes anecdotes about his life, including being the first passenger on an airplane and meeting Buffalo Bill. Captain Herbert Anderson's conversation begins at 34:44.
Sebastiao Salgado, a Brazilian documentary photographer and photojournalist, converses with Studs about his book "Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age". Mr. Salgado shares stories with Studs of the people he has photographed, and the things he has learned about the perseverance of human nature. Several songs are interspersed; "Funeral de um lavrador(farmers funeral)" Chico Buarque song from Good Friday festival in Italy(un-named) "Train call" track building team in Alabama "a death tribute" Name of song not given referred to as written.
Presenting "Hard Times: An oral history of the great depression": "Bonnie laboring boy" with Joe Morrison, Evelyn Finn and Jose Yglesias (program V).