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Alan Wieder 

When: Tue., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. 2016

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

ALAN WIEDER: STUDS TERKEL: POLITICS, CULTURE, BUT MOSTLY CONVERSATION

Studs Terkel transformed the art of the interview by speaking with thousands of ordinary Americans on his long-running radio show, according their experiences an unprecedented level of respect. The kind of intimate Q-and-A now synonymous with NPR owes much to the garrulous Chicagoan, who didn't discriminate; he also spoke with the famous and soon-to-be-famous. In a 1963 interview with the young Bob Dylan, whom most interviewers treated with bemused condescension, Terkel got the singer to open up just by asking interesting questions and listening thoughtfully. Alan Wieder, an oral historian who was inspired to take up his métier by the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, only met his subject once, but Terkel was a friend of his father and the seeds of this biography took root over decades. "I had been scripting Studs's story in my head for many years," he says. In Wieder's book, Terkel emerges as both a pioneer and a man who lived by the populist principles he proudly espoused. —David Klein

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