Discussing capital punishment with author Nelson Algren. Includes interviews with William (Bill) Witherspoon, a death row inmate; Jack Johnson, warden of Cook County Jail; and an [unidentified woman] who marched in protest at the execution of James Dukes in 1962.
John Peter Jones discusses English youth, the working class, and his book, "The Feather Pluckers."
Using the backdrop of James Baldwin's "Nobody Knows My Name" and Baldwin's feelings that Blacks were ashamed of where they came from, Terkel interviews Professor and Chairman of the Political Science Department of Roosevelt University on his book coauthored with Stokely Carmichael entitled" Black Power: Politics of Liberation in America". Hamilton states that Blacks were taught to hate themselves and leave school believing that. Institutional racism and the deliberate oppression it creates, holds blacks back. Blacks are left out of crucial decision making processes that concern them.
Ferdinand Lundberg discusses his book "The rich and the super-rich" and the current state of wealth distribution and political, cultural, and social power in the United States. Topics of discussion include inherited wealth, the wealthy “Eastern Establishment” families compared to wealthy families in the American southwest, wealth and crime, and corporations. Studs reads an excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Rich Boy” at the beginning of the program and an excerpt of an interview Studs conducted with a man who comments on his ability to get rich.
Dick Gregory satirizes capital punishment in the United States, calls for the churches to take action, and talks about potential actions from "demonstrators." Other panel members answer audience questions (Father James Jones, Norval Morris, Hans W. Mattick, and Arthur Wineberg). Hosted by the University of Chicago. (Part 3 of 3)
Andrea Medea and Kathleen Thompson discuss their book "Against Rape", rape culture in media, and attitudes towards rape in society.
Discussing the book "Let the trumpets sound: a biography of Martin Luther King" with the author Stephen B. Oates.
Nicholas Van Hoffman discusses the characters of his novel, "Two Three Many More" about campus protests against the Vietnam War. Political viewpoints, regulations, and character analysis are discussed. Von Hoffman opens the interview with a reading from the opening of the book that mentions peace, solidarity, and disunity. Terkel and Von Hoffman read excerpts together from the book.
James Baldwin discusses his book "Another Country" and his trip to Africa. Mr.Baldwin and Studs speak about his place in social reform and his fight for civil rights for all.