Author Studs Terkel – an old-school Chicago leftist and a Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian – died yesterday at the age of 96. (The CNN.com obituary is here.)
One measure of Terkel’s liberalism was his interest in African-American culture... a culture which, for much of his life, was nearly invisible to white America.
While a disc jockey in Chicago, Terkel championed the career of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
And she returned the favor.
Embedded below is a 14-minute excerpt of Studs Terkel’s 2005 interview with Amy Goodman on “Democracy Now!”
This fascinating conversation rambles from Mahalia Jackson to the early days of Chicago television to McCarthyism to George W. Bush. I promise you will enjoy it.