Terkel delves into the life of Frank Norman, a London ex-con who turned his life around and became a novelist and playwright by writing on his experiences. He wrote "Bang to Rights" shortly after his prison release which brought him great fame. He followed that with "The Monkey Pulled it's Hair" that had a U.S. release under the name "Don't Darling Me Darling". Norman opened up to Terkel discussing his illegitimacy, his illiteracy till age 14, his institutionalization in an orphanage which he turned into the novel "Banana Boy".
Neil Postman, an author, educator, media theorist and cultural critic discusses his book; "The School Book: For People Who Want to Know What All the Hollering Is About,". Mr Postman and Studs talk about his definition of what school is for and it's worth, and they converse about several sections of the book. Mr. Postman reads an excerpt from his book to begin the interview.
Norman Podhoertz discusses his book "Making It" his memoir about American intellectual life and academia. Discussing the parallels in the relationships between politics, money and education.
Albert Alvarez, poet, writer and critic, discusses how technology advancement is changing society. Specifically he discusses war in general, the Holocaust and advancements in destructive weapons. "Beyond All This Fiddle: Essays, 1955-1967."
Part 2 of a discussion with Jack LaPorte while Studs was in England. Conversation cuts out at 05:06 and begins the coversation with Al Alvarez. Albert Alvarez, poet, writer and critic, discusses how technology advancement is changing society. He specifically discusses war in general, the Holocaust and advancements in destructive weapons. He speaks fondly of Sylvia Plath, and discusses his current book, "Beyond All This Fiddle: Essays, 1955-1967."