Presenting "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression" High Life, Sixteen Ton: Chapter 7. Sally Rand talks about the creation of her signature fan dance and predictions for future depressions. Doc Graham discusses his upbringing, Chicago mobs, and Count Victor Lustig. Tony Soma talks about prohibition before and after the 1929 crash. Jerome Zerbe talks about inventing paparazzi photography, spending two weeks working in a coal mine, and the New Deal. Buddy Blankenship recalls working 16 hour days in West Virginia coal mines. Mary Owsley remembers life as a coal miner's wife.
Presenting "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression" High Life, Sixteen Ton: Chapter 7. Sally Rand talks about the creation of her signature fan dance and predictions for future depressions. Doc Graham discusses his upbringing, Chicago mobs, and Count Victor Lustig. Tony Soma talks about prohibition before and after the 1929 crash. Jerome Zerbe talks about inventing paparazzi photography, spending 2 weeks working in a coal mine, and the New Deal. Buddy Blankenship recalls working 16 hour days in West Virginia coal mines. Mary Owsley remembers life as a coal miner's wife.
Studs interviews three Cook County Hospital doctors: Dr. Tessa Fischer Dr. Mark Bonnell Dr. David Moore Main topic of conversation is the 18-day residents and interns strike at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, October-November 1975. At the time it was the longest doctors’ strike in U.S. history. Topics include: Patient care, benefits and wages, and working conditions. The distinction is made between a "strike" and what the doctors call a "job action".
Studs and investigative journalist Fred J. Cook discuss Cook's book "The Corrupted Land: The Social Morality of Modern Americans" (Macmillan, 1966). The main topics of conversation are social morality and the corruption of the American business ethic. Terkel and Cook discuss unsung heroes, television quiz scandals,
Jonathan Miller reminisces about his childhood in Regent Park, London and offers his opinion on philosophy and the changing English class structure with the loss of the Indian empire. His remake of "Alice in Wonderland" for BBC 1 is reviewed and he states he is most interested in the human imagination.
Studs interviews patrons in a the pub of the Falcon Hotel, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence, while in Stratford-upon-Avon (Midlands) in England. A variety of questions were asked about favorite memories, jobs, and daily life.
Stokely Carmichael, Charlie Cobb, and Courtland Cox discuss civil rights and African Americans in politics. Discussing the philosophy of SNCC.
Studs Terkel 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.
Sir George Bolton discusses how the 1929 American stock market crash affected international banking and investment and how economy and culture relate to each other.
Seymour Melman discusses his book "Pentagon Capitalism: The Political Economy of War." Topics of discussion include the military-industrial complex and the state management of industry, particularly in regards to defense.
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;
While in town for the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sam Pilafian and Gerhard Meinl discuss the history of the tuba. With demonstrations on the tuba, they play scales and other short pieces. Gerhard Meinl's family business of making instruments like the tuba has been around since 1810, explained Meinl.
Back in his day, there was no journalism school, explained Russell Baker. He spent time with the police and that's how he often got his stories about the underclass or the superfluous. Baker pointed out when a paper didn't want to print one of his stories, Baker was told the subject matter was in poor taste.
Ninety five miles outside of London, Ronald Blythe has interviewed residents of the village of Akenfield for his next book, "Akenfield: A Portrait of an English Village." Blythe said what surprised him most of all was that newspapers and TV didn't have much effect on this little village. Blythe also learned that the village people would take part in political conversations with one another but they'd never let on as to which political party they were apart of.