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The book, "Happy Days: My Mother, My Father, My Sister and Me," gives a lot of background about Shana Alexander's father, Milton Ager. A few of Ager's songs are played throughout the interview. Alexander also glosses over her time spent with "Life Magazine," and with "60 Minutes."
Back in his day, there was no journalism school, explained Russell Baker. He spent time with the police and that's how he often got his stories about the underclass or the superfluous. Baker pointed out when a paper didn't want to print one of his stories, Baker was told the subject matter was in poor taste.
Peter Lyon discusses the book "Success Story: The Life and Times of S. S. McClure." Includes recitation of "Immortality" by William Jennings Bryan.
Discussing the book "Boston Boy," with author Nat Hentoff.
Interviewing author Brendan Gill, author of "Here at the New Yorker" (includes two tape excerpts of E. M. Whitaker - 1974 Nov. 19 and Dorothy Parker - 1959 Feb. 6).
His experiences as a journalist are what's covered in Harrison Evans Salisbury's book, "A Time of Change: A Reporter's Tale of Our Time". Salisbury believed as a reporter, one truly needed to be at the event, in order to obtain the true story. Once Salisbury questioned if he was living in America because he was asked to switch rooms at a hotel in Birmingham, only to find out later that there were special, bugged rooms for reporters.
Douglas Clayton's book, "Floyd Dell: The Life and Times of an American Rebel" is a biography of a well-known author of his time. Clayton pointed out what's covered in his book. Not only did Dell write a number of books, but he also wrote a play. He was also charged twice for his subversive literature. He worked for the WPA under FDR in 1935.