Episode 5 of Bughouse Square is out! Read the Story

Marge Guthrie discusses Woody Guthrie's life and music

BROADCAST: Mar. 14, 1975 | DURATION: 00:49:46

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Synopsis

Marge Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s second wife and Arlo Guthrie’s mother, joins Studs Terkel to discuss her late husband’s music and the lasting impact it made. Marge calls Woody a “chronicler,” remarking on his great ability to write songs about and for the common man, and informs Terkel of honors that Woody received from the state and federal government to commemorate his contribution to conservation efforts. Marge reads a passage from the book “Woody Sez,” and she and Terkel remember Woody’s vast discography, including his children’s album; they listen to and discuss the songs: “Hard Travelin’,” “Do Re Mi,” “Buffalo Skinners,” “Riding in my Car (Car Song),” “The Sinking of the Reuben James,” "Tom Joad” and “This Land is Your Land.” Marge also speaks on Woody’s battle against Huntington’s chorea or Huntington’s disease and her mission to educate and empower others suffering from the same illness.