the blog format is quite fast-moving, so let me mention again the passing of studs terkel, who died on oct 31. democracy now! today talked about studs today (over just the last minutes of the monday broadcast, after an unexplicable, long debate over a lesser-known cali ballot measure). from their blog:
The legendary radio broadcaster, writer and oral historian Studs Terkel has died at the age of 96 in Chicago.
Studs Terkel worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor, and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he was particularly well-known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who drew celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories.
For 45 years, Studs Terkel spent an hour each weekday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conversing with famous and not-so-famous guests and with a loyal audience of Chicago listeners.
With his unique style of oral history on subjects such as race, war and employment, Terkel spent decades interviewing Americans across the country, creating intimate portraits of everyday life and chronicling changing times through this century.
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