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Studs interviews Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist Ron Kovic upon the paperback release of his autobiography "Born on the Fourth of July." Kovic recounts his All-American upbringing and unblinking faith in the country and its ideals before volunteering for the Marines and Vietnam.
Studs interviews Peter Davies author of "The Truth About Kent State: A Challenge to the American Conscience" and Barry Levine, a student at Kent State at the time of the massacre. They discuss the Kent State shootings by the National Guard May 04, 1970.
Singer-songwriter and activist Holly Near discusses her work for fighting for social justice through outlets such as her music. Near a prominent proponent for the LGBTQ community has streamlined her work using folk and protest-inspired songs. Near has been awarded multiple honors from organizations such as the ACLU and the National Organization for Women for her work for social change.
This interview begins with a clip of one of Dick Gregory’s performances, where he talks about nonviolence and Native Americans. Studs Terkel introduces his guest as an observer, explaining that comedians are the best observers in society. Gregory offers extended analogies to communicate his views on a variety of topics, including the Vietnam War, race relations, segregation, human rights, and urban renewal. [The date is unclear, but it has to be after 1970, since the Kent State Shootings were mentioned]