Studs Terkel presents a program in honor of the birthday of abolitionist and African American leader Frederick Douglass, including excepts from Terkel's 1964 interview with African-American scholar, author and social historian Lerone Bennett. Terkel reads at length from Douglass' autobiography, "My Bondage and My Freedom," focusing on Douglass' interactions with slave owners Hugh and Sophia Auld.
Music performance by Oscar Brown, Jr.
Margie Adam, musician, activist, and composer, discusses how events such as the women's movement and the lesbian-feminist movement inspired her to create music for her new album, Another Place. The album reflects on Adams's life and on topics such as her sexuality.
Joan Baez speaks with Studs Terkel about role of music and the responsibility of musicians in the specific historical moment of the late '60's.
Content Warning: This conversation includes racially and/or culturally derogatory language and/or negative depictions of Black and Indigenous people of color, women, and LGBTQI+ individuals. Rather than remove this content, we present it in the context of twentieth-century social history to acknowledge and learn from its impact and to inspire awareness and discussion. Terry is an organizer of poor Southern whites in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood
Program includes an excerpt of a 1978 interview with songwriter and labor rights activist Florence Reece.
Jim Jennings, Jake Dowling and Jim Hastings, members of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) talk about unions. Union folk songs by Pete Seeger and Joe Glazer are played periodically.
Garry Davis concludes by telling the audience he's in town to gain moral, political and financial support for the group he founded, The World Service Authority. Davis' final thought -- any man who defends his own rights is defending the rights of all men. Ray Davies of the English rock band, The Kinks, talks about the studio album, "Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)". Davis reads lyrics from the songs, "Victoria," "Yes Sir, No Sir" and "Some Mother's Son".