Milton Mayer, journalist and educator, talks with Studs about Quakerism. They talk about how religion relates to society in the times of change. Mr Mayer describes an exchange with a gentleman who asked what is a Quaker. The man had been an SS officer who told Mr Mayer his story. The man had been touched by the anonymous generosity of the Quakers many years before. Mr Mayer speaks of A. J. Musty, clergyman and political activist as his mentor and friend, and the things he learned from him.
The interview begins with Mr Olson reading the first 3 paragraphs of his book. McKinley Olson discusses the dangers of atomic energy plants and the book "Unacceptable Risk: The Nuclear Power Controversy." Mr Olson describes several forms of alternative/renewable energy sources as a safe replacement of nuclear energy.
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.
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.
Daniel Ellsberg, political activist and former military analyst, discuses his release of the Pentagon Papers and his thoughts on how the Vietnam War played out. He also discusses what he believes the next war could look like and how America, and the world, would be affected by nuclear war.
Daniel Ellsberg, political activist, discusses the creation and use of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. He discusses his family including how his son helped him leak the Pentagon Papers and has since protested with him, including being jailed. He also talks about his father who quit his job over the creation of the hydrogen bomb and how his father's choice helped him to decide to release the Pentagon Papers.
Discussing the antinuclear movement with Sylvia Johnson, American Friends Service Committee, and two members of Greenham Commons.