Jeanne Stellman discusses her book, "Work Is Dangerous to Your Health: A Handbook of Health Hazards in the Workplace and What You Can Do About Them," and workplace safety issues in a variety of industries. Topics of discussion include the importance of prioritizing health in the workplace and consulting workers on workplace safety issues, and industry responses to occupational hazards.
Discussing death on the job with Dan Berman and Bob Fowler.
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.
Nick Cherniavsky and Barbara (Bobbe) Herndon share their work of collecting oral histories of the coal miners of Southern Illinois who were members of the Progressive Mine Workers of America during the 1930s. The following oral history segments are played: Frank Bertetti, Joe Ozanic, Jack Battuello, James (Jim) Hopley, and Irene Allard.
While in London, England, Studs Terkel interviews George Curry, a newspaper vendor with a storefront in a hotel. The two discussed Curry’s hometown of Dundee, Scotland and its politics, in addition to London’s current political atmosphere. They also talk about Curry’s political leanings; he is a socialist, and he criticizes England’s immigration policies. Curry comments on his interest in the arts and speaks on stereotypes surrounding the working class. The interview is interrupted intermittently by customers buying their morning paper.
Interviewing three officials of unions of government employees: Allen Kaplan, Bob Nelson, George Troynell and discussing the importance of unions for workers rights.
Discussing South Chicago with Ed Sadlowski, a former United Steelworkers of America official, and steelworker Joe Gutierrez. They discuss the changing culture and values amongst union workers, bosses, and families throughout the 20th century. Includes a recording of the Pete Seeger and Chorus singing "Roll The Union On" as it appeared on the 1955 reissue of The Almanac Singers' 1941 album "Talking Union & Other Union Songs". Also features an excerpt from "Bread and Roses" as performed by Judy Collins.
Interviewing a London cab driver and Karel Reisz while Studs was in England. Recorded in the cab and in Karel Reisz's London home.
Interviewing with a cockney carpenter (until 12:14), and Clancy Sigal while Studs was in England.
Jimmy Ray, John Ray, and Henry discuss their personal feelings on a variety of topics including religion, every day life, and what an ideal world looks like.
Michael Frayn reads from his book "At Bay in Gear Street" and how he approaches writing. Oliver Howes, a livery driver, talks about music, his middle class background, and his work;part 1.
Oliver Howes discusses his thoughts on racism in England, his daily life, and what he wants out of life. Audio is distorted from 15:39 to 35:42; part 2.
Marlene and Ed Sadlowski talk about their blue collar Chicago backgrounds, hopes for improving labor workers conditions, and Ed's underdog 2 to 1 victory to become the Director of the largest steel union's district.
Studs talks with Mr Law, the chief of the miners hospital, and the workers in the mine as he tours the gold mine. He he speaks to the miners about where they are from and talks with them about their jobs.