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Part 1 of this recording is Mitch Kraus interviewing Studs Terkel on his thoughts of self-indulgence, stereotypes, generational challenges, and historical events.
Oliver Sacks sits down with Studs Terkel to discuss aspects of "other clinical tales" from his book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales". Sacks discusses the important role played by the visual arts, music, drawing and math in the lives of people suffering from autism, Parkinson's disease, and mental challenges. He also discusses the repercussions and loss of unique abilities to make patients more socially acceptable.
Stuart Chase, John Hawkinson, and Nancy Campbell Hayes discuss the "Save the Trees Program". They discuss saving the trees in Hyde Park. Includes Studs Terkel reading Mike Royko's poem.
American cities, American Indians, architecture and archaeology are all apart of Roger G. Kennedy's book, "Hidden Cities: The Discovery and Loss of Ancient North American Civilization." Kennedy explained how we are destroying the past by building new towns and cities and erecting brand new buildings onto some places that were once ancient grounds.
With his book, "Living and Dying," Robert Jay Lifton, said the point he wanted to make clear is that individuals have to confront death in order to live well. Lifton also talks about deniers of death and their numbing feelings. Social change with regards to death, explained Lifton, will need to occur.
Discussing the controversy over teaching evolution in public schools, correcting popular misinterpretations of Darwin's theories, and defining Social Darwinism with author and geneticist Richard Lewontin.
Terkel interviews anthropologists Richard and Patricia Waterman. This interview is done in two parts.
Studs Terkel and Dave Garroway intertwine jazz music with conversation. The voices of Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Charlie Ventura, Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, and Nellie Lutcher are heard between conversations ranging from Garroway's start in radio while in the United States Navy. Garroway discusses the changing technology and the thrill of it. Also includes the progress that has been made in race relations and the death of Duke Ellington.
Interviewing author and scientist Buckminster Fuller.
A sprawling conversation with R. Buckminster Fuller including his great aunt Margaret Fuller, future communication, the nature of work, human nature, and physics.
Leo Stodolsky and film director Gerald Temaner discuss college students' activity — or lack thereof — and their magazine, New University Thought.
Leo Stodolsky and Gerald Temaner discuss college students' activity — or lack thereof — and their magazine, New University Thought.