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Studs, author-journalist Mike Royko and Cathy Zmuda discuss and read from Mike's 1973 collection, "Slats Grobnik and Some Other Friends". First half are Slats Grobnik tales; the second half features a variety of columns by Royko. Musical excerpts include the songs "The Twelve Days of Christmas", "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt", "Ma, He Wants to Marry Me", "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)", "Sweet and Low", "America The Beautiful". "Go 'Way From My Window" (performers uncredited).
Bruno Bettelheim discusses his book "The informed heart: Autonomy in a mass age". The book chronicles his time in concentration camps in Germany during World War II and discusses the dangers of the advancement of technology and how a totalitarian government impacts the personality of its' people.
Discussing Mayor Daley and nepotism in government with Alderman Dick Simpson, and author-journalist Mike Royko. Includes clips of Mayor Daley defending his appointment of Thomas P. Keane, son of Alderman Tommy E. Keane. Also includes Mike Royko reading his column from the "Chicago Daily News" July 22, 1971.
Ms. Russell was a social worker with the YWCA in China from 1917-1943, and the executive director of the Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy from 1946-1952. Ms Russell speaks of her time and work in China, about U.S./China relations and the cultural revolution taking place in China. Includes excerpt of Joshua Horn talking about a worker who got burned while working at a steel factory in China. He speaks of the outpouring help for the man from the community of Shanghi.(1934055-3-1)
Discussing the origins of three schools of contemporary American music, their influence upon each other, and the new directions composers are taking with their music with composer and trombonist Bill Russo.
Discussing the book "The celluloid closet: homosexuality in the movies" with the author Vito Russo.
Allan A. Ryan, former Director of the Department of Justice's Office of Special Investigations, speaks about his book on the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. Ryan says that after WWII, Nazi collaborators and war criminals fled prosecution under the guise of fleeing the threat of communism. Ryan worked on the investigations of prominent war criminals like Ivan the Terrible and John Demjanjuk, and he discusses how he successfully worked with the Soviet Union to obtain crucial evidence located within the USSR for these trials.
Educators Orletta Ryan and Mary Frances Greene, and school children Karen and Lucille talk about their approaches to teaching, fighting in school, and expectations for learning.