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.
The interview begins with an excerpt of Ken Jackson talking about solitary confinement while in prison. (Fortune Society 1970 Nov. 20. 1967541-3-1). Jessica Mitford an English born author, investigative journalist, and civil rights activist discusses her book "Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business,". Ms Mitford and Studs discuss her finding that prisoners were used as test subjects for drug trials and other medical research, and slave labor. Ms Mitford's book makes the argument that prisons are a governments means to making money from the prisoners they have punished.
Terkel interviews activist and children's author Dagmar Wilson. She discusses how she goes from a children's author to an activist for anti-nuclear testing.
Discussing the book "Cities on a Hill: A Journey Through Contemporary American Cultures" (published by Simon & Schuster) with the author, journalist Frances FitzGerald. Program includes an excerpt of a June 3, 1986 interview with activist and social worker Maggie Kuhn.