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A replay from the Studs Terkel Wax Museum weekly program of a previously recorded interview he did on a train bound for Washington, DC for civil rights march in August, 1963. The recording began with a Studs interview of the train Porter, who is a black man. The song, "This Train Is Bound for Glory" played at the beginning and throughout until it closed the recording. At the end, Studs, mentions some of the names of those interviewed. This recording begins on the train that is in Eastern Pennsylvania and continues to DC and the return to Chicago.
Discussing the relocation act of 1974 with three Navajo Elders, Theodore Bendoney, Tom Bendoney and Mary Rosa Bendoney. The land they live on now is Mother Earth to them. Ten to 15,000 Navajos must move because the government wants to strip mine the oil, gas, coal and uranium that's underneath the land.
Sybil Leek discusses the history and beliefs of witchcraft, modern medicine compared to natural medicine, and animal familiars. "The Gloucester Witch" performed by John Allison has been removed.
Discussing Hiroshima and nuclear nonproliferation with survivors of the Hiroshima bomb of August 6, 1945 and activists organizing against nuclear proliferation.
Interviewing Ed Ruff, Joe Polowski, and Leroy; three veterans of the meeting of U.S. and Soviet forces at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945. The result of this meeting was the splitting of Nazi Germany into two parts and the ensuring of victory in Europe.
The most common theme of this program has been the contrast between the hopes and hopelessness that these westside teenagers have confided in Studs for use of the program. Now installment number five of this six part series features Studs’ interview with three very important adults. Director of Chicago Youth Development Hans Mattick, his associate Earl Dotty, and their project manager John Ray.
Discussing the arrest and subsequent trial of peace demonstrators at the Great Lakes Naval Base near Waukegan, Illinois with Sister Dorothy Gartland.
Terkel comments and reads letters of ex-convict Jimmy Blake
Terkel comments and presents the Hiroshima commemoration program
Discussing the book "Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic" (published by Little Brown) with author Paul Fussell.
Interviewing in Montgomery, Alabama, with Molly a poor white [part 7, tape 2 of 2]. She speaks of the culture and heritage of poor white families. She advocates for unity and leadership and sense of worth for poor whites. Some of the recording fades out and has some static that makes it hard to understand.
Studs interview with Mel Lambert and five Puerto Rican boys (Harry, Carlos, Vic, Jose, and Hector) about their life in Puerto Rico and Chicago. They discuss learning English and other subjects in the jobs project. The five boys talk about gang involvement and interactions with other race and ethnic groups. They also discuss their goals, economic opportunity in Chicago, and their difficult experiences of learning English and getting an education.
Studs interview with Mattiwilda Dobbs, first female and black to perform at La Scala. Dobbs describes her musical beginning as a child within a musical family in Atlanta, Georgia. She explains her training and professional background with various opera houses and theaters. The musical pieces are removed from this edited version of the original recording.
Newberry Award winner Madeleine L'Engle did not set out to write good literature when she wrote "A Wrinkle in Time". Children's book publisher Elizabeth M. Riley also said of L'Engle's book, it's a good story for both children and adults. L'Engle shared her experience that when she writes, often times, she'll read what she's written to her children & if they say, "get back to the typewriter and write more," she knows she's onto something good.