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A sprawling conversation with R. Buckminster Fuller including his great aunt Margaret Fuller, future communication, the nature of work, human nature, and physics.
Laurel Snyder describes to Studs Terkel her journey into prostitution and her involvement in the organization COYOTE, which advocates for the rights of sex workers and the decriminalization of prostitution.
Discussing the Equal Rights Amendment with Illinois Representative Susan Catania and political activists Clara Day and Margaret Klimkowski.
Caroline Bird discusses her book, 'Born Female: The High Cost of Keeping Women Down', published in 1968. Studs plays interviews from dissenters of the Women's Liberation Day and Caroline Bird responds. The discussion continues on issues of sexism and the future of the women in the workforce.
Academy Award winning documentarian Barbara Kopple talks with Studs about her documentary "American Dream" and the battle fought and lost by union workers in Austin, Minnesota during the mid-80s. They set the backdrop in the small, tight-knit community that Hormel Foods had such a profound impact on, how the UFCW international union declined to support the local union, the gripping dynamics between family members who crossed picket lines, and the healing that occurred when the film was screened in the town several years later.
Since no men were allowed to picket against the Phelps Dodge Corp., Mexican American women showed up and according to Kingsolver’s book, “Holding the Line,” the picket lines were a brand new experience for the women. Some of the women had to get their husbands’ permission to picket. The group of women found their lives transformed not only with their cause but with new bonds of friendship from the other women.
Anita Miller and Jeanne Madeline Weimann discuss their book, The Fair Women, published in 1981, a book that talks about the women's role in the World's Columbian Exposition, especially in the creation of the Women's Building.