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Geoffrey Bridson and his wife Joyce, discuss his book "Prospero and Ariel: The rise and fall of radio a personal recollection.", as well as his life and career as a producer/broadcaster for BBC radio. The interview is interspersed with several excerpts from recordings: Excerpt of conversation at the home of Bridsons in England 1962. He talks about the play "Aarons field" and the sequel "Aarons Fallout shelter". Excerpt from Joyce Bridson backstage after the play "Oh what a lovely war" in New York.
Discussing jazz music with jazz vocalist and cabaret performer Spider Saloff. Spider Saloff discusses George and Ira Gershwin. Includes the songs "Fascinating Rhythm", "Ask Me Again", "Slap That Bass", "Lonely Boy", "Summertime", and "Vodka" written by George Gershwin and sung by Spider Saloff. Includes the song "I Want To Be Happy" written by Vincent Youmans and sung by Spider Saloff. Includes Spider Saloff singing her song "Alone In The Dark".
Lillian Smith excerpt opens the program.
Author, comedian and satirist Paul Krassner joins Studs Terkel in a “mosaic” of an interview, as Krassner calls it, to discuss his book, “Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture.” The conversation begins with two clips from Abbie Hoffman and Lenny Bruce, friends of Krassner’s and fellow key figures in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Krassner speaks on his friends’ legacies, and then begins telling his story, reading a passage from his book about when he first started questioning society.
Tomlin talks in depth about the characters she has created and played (Trudy the Bag Lady, Kate, Agnus Angst, Chrissy, Lynn, Marie, ) in the play "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" by Jane Wagner. Tomlin talks in detail about each character and inspirations and influences behind each, especially Trudy.
Folk singer, Mary Travers, of the group Peter, Paul and Mary, talks about music and her career. Music by Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Mary Travers (solo), interspersed throughout the interview. "When The Ship Comes In" "If I had A Hammer" "Tell it on the mountain" "Los Cuatros Generales" "Song of Peace(Finlandia)" "It Will Come To You Again"
Peter Ustinov discusses his wide-ranging career in the arts as an actor, author, director, and dramatist.
John West discuss early classical Hollywood comedy double act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Four clips are played during the interview. The first three clips are from Laurel and Hardy's "Their First Mistake" (1932) and the fourth clip is from Laurel and Hardy's "Swiss Miss" (1938).