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.
Interviewing housewife Ann Davis : Studs in England.
Discussing steelworkers and interviewing Ed Sadlowski of the United Steelworkers of America and Ted Smolarek. Includes Pete Seeger's songs "Pittsburgh Town" at the beginning and "Talking Union" at the end.
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.
Discussing film in Poland with Jerzi Bossack.
Cesar Chavez discusses unionizing migrant farm workers, and how nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a cause with nationwide support(grape boycott). Includes excerpt from Hard Times: Voices of the Great Depression, 1853106-3-1, -3-2. 1965047-2-1 and the song "Adelita" a Mexican Corrido.
Discussing the book "Eugene V. Debs: citizen and socialist" with the author Nick Salvatore. Nick Salvatore discusses Eugene V. Debs' life. Includes song "Ballad of Eugene Victor Debs" sung by Joe Glazer in the beginning. Includes the song "Hold the Fort" song sung at the end.
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.