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Ronnie Duggar’s book, “Politician: The Life and Times of Lyndon Johnson,” shows Johnson’s rise to power. Duggar explained that from a young age, Johnson knew to court power. While at the Teachers College in Texas, Johnson told his cousin, “It starts at the president’s office,” where Johnson was the president’s right arm man. Once in the Senate, Johnson chose to be on the Armed Services Committee because he knew Senator Richard Russell ran the Senate. Johnson courted powerful men and in exchange, these men would advance his career.
When talking about his book, "Chi-Town," Norbert Blei said all the communities in Chicago offer everyone the groups' separate ethnic cultures. Blei also talks about riding the Douglass Park El and the old man sitting on a bench, who he encounters at Grant Park. Lastly, Blei talks about writers who have influenced him.
Studs interview with Lenore Griesing, Carol Kleiman, and Joan Smutny, organizers of "Woman Power through Education" at the National College of Education. Studs played a part of a recorded interview he had with Sybil Thorndike, a pacifist. The recording was about women's right to vote and political involvement. He also played part of a song that was played at Susan B. Anthony's birthday party but no title was given. The interview covered motherhood, education for women, family life, choices, and liberation.
Discussing the book "Chi-Town" (published by Ellis Press) with the author Norbert Blei.
The song "America the Beautiful" always reminded Gale Cincotta about how great it was to live in America, the land with great schools and great jobs. It wasn't until Cincoltta became a community organizer that she realized all schools and all jobs are not great for everyone. Cincotta's hope was to give people the power to make their lives better, not solely by pointing out problems but by doing something about them.
Judith Todd, daughter of prime minister of Rhodesia, discusses the book "Right to say no"; Dennis Brutus, poet and involved in protest of Rhodesia taking part in 1972 Olympics, and John Fry pastor First Presbyterian Church and social writer, race, South Africa, and Rhodesia. Excerpt from interview of people in South Africa - a guide, an Afrikaner, and a Chicago policeman regarding race (1895817-6-1 South African Tapes). The three were brought together to have a round table discussion about race relations in South Africa.
Bill Cunningham, Jesuit priest and lawyer, discusses some court cases he has participated in. He talks about the Berrigan Brothers who protested against the Vietnam War. Cunnginham also talks about the Rice-Poindexter case, where two Black Panther Party members were charged for murder. He also discussed the Freedom of Information Act and the COINTELPRO the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program. Studs reads poetry from David Rice and plays a song by Hank Ferguson.
Studs interviews Allen Stone, Steven Larson, and Judith Erickson about the opera, "Regina," playing at the Chicago Opera Theater. They describe the variety of music and dances in the opera. Stone, Larson, and Erickson name the cast and their roles and describe the characters. Each share how they came to be in theater. Stone explains how the company started. Larson describes the orchestra and the chorus. Erickson reads some of the lyrics of the aria, "The Best Thing of All," at the end of act one. Stone, Larson, and Erickson read various lines from the opera.