Studs discusses poetry and mass media with American writer Norman Corwin, who was visiting Chicago to receive an honorary award from Columbia College. Works discussed include Corwin's radio address, "On A Note of Triumph," which the author delivered on May 8, 1945 to mark the end of World War II in Europe, and "Ballad for Americans", a cantata produced by Corwin on CBS radio in 1939. Topics include Corwin's personal and professional history, the process of writing "for the ear", World War II, the dawn of the nuclear age, and the television's role in eclipsing radio in popularity.
Kentucky writer John Egerton discusses his book "Generations: An American Family." The song "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is played at the opening and closing of the interview. The timestamps are as follows: 00:01:29-00:02:36 (opening) 00:55:33-00:58:40 (closing)
Discussing the book "Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class" (published by Pantheon) with the author, political essayist Barbara Ehrenreich.
Novelist Robert Kotlowitz discusses his book "The Boardwalk;" reads passages from book.