Studs Terkel

A lovely piece on Studs Terkel, who just passed away, or ‘checked out,’ as he would’ve said.  I never met Terkel in the nine years I lived in Chicago, and for some reason never listened to him on the radio, though I read several of his books.  After I became a journalist, I did buy a collection of his interviews on cassette, Four Decades with Studs Terkel, which is available used on and worth the entire penny, plus shipping. I listened in awe: Terkel was a master at turning an interview into an intimate conversation.

The update, Voices of Our Times, came out in 2005. It’s high time for me to upgrade, especially since I haven’t had a cassette player in years.

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