The Recording of America

Studs Terkel, born 106 years ago on this date, May 16, spent the majority of his life documenting the lives of others – very often everyday, working-class people he believed were “uncelebrated and unsung.” From coal miners and sharecroppers to…

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials

The incomprehensible vastness of the universe, the wonder of our own place in it all… Carl Sagan was able to explain the science of space in a way everyone could understand. Among his long list of roles and accomplishments, the…

Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast. What he saw alongside this group of renegades on Harleys, these…

Studs Terkel and Mike Royko at a Chicago Bar

Short video of oral historian Studs Terkel and 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Mike Royko at Lawry’s, a Chicago bar. Someone orders a Sharp’s non-alcoholic beer for Royko, another patrons laughs, and then Royko wants in on the joke.

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