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Content Warning: This conversation includes racially and/or culturally derogatory language and/or negative depictions of Black and Indigenous people of color, women, and LGBTQI+ individuals. Rather than remove this content, we present it in the context of twentieth-century social history to acknowledge and learn from its impact and to inspire awareness and discussion. Tony Ardizzone's book, "In the Name of the Father," takes place on the north side of Chicago. It's the story of Tonto Schwartz, whose mother is Italian and whose father is Jewish.
Studs Terkel interviews writer Toni Morrison. This interview begins with a reading from the book, "Sula" by Morrison Morrison continues to read excerpts from her novel "Sula" and discusses her literature.
Presidential Medal of Freedom and Nobel Peace Prize winner for literature Toni Morrison discusses her latest work. Morrison intertwines the ideas of race, mythology, and gender in her book while laying a complex narrative for the reader. The narrative makes the reader question their true identity and reflect on their cultural identity and background.
Toni Morrison talks about her books and themes of memory, excessive love, possession, and recovery. It includes an excerpt from an interview with Emanuel Dunn.
Journalist and writer Tom Wolfe discusses his controversial writings and his time spent as a celebrity figure.
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe discusses his new book, "In Our Time," which focuses on the ever-changing culture and ethics of America. Drawing examples from his cartoons he discusses how the counterculture of the 1960s, TV evangelists, politicians, and actors are challenging mores and values of the American people.
Discussing the book "From Bauhaus to our house" with the author and journalist Tom Wolfe.
Studs Terkel has a brief conversation with Tom Wolfe and reads "Las Vegas (What?) Las Vegas (Can't hear you! Too noisy) Las Vegas!!!!" from Tom Wolfe's collection "The Kandy-Kolored, Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby." Songs of the 20's interspersed throughout: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" Cole Porter "Puttin on the Ritz" Irving Berlin "Look for the Silver lining" Jerome Kern/B.G. DeSylva "Sunny Side Of the Street" Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields
Discussing the book "Unto this hour" a novel about the American Civil war with the author Tom Wicker.
Thomas Keneally discusses the book "Schindler's List," detailing the actions of Oskar Schindler saving Jews during WWII.
Discussing and reading from "Fairy Tales" and "The Saga of Eric the Viking" (both published by Schocken Press) with the author Terry Jones.
Readings (3) from Charles Dickens and interviewing with British Actor George Harland.