P.S.

Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening

The Pulitzer Prize–winning oral historian and nonagenarian makes a selection of his favorite unpublished writings, broadcasts, and interviews

“Anyone who has heard Studs Terkel’s voice, never mind met him, knows the vitality of this man, the liveliness, the humor, and the largeness of spirit.” —Robert Coles, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Children of Crisis

Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books—“The Good War”, Hard Times, Working, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, and many others. Few people realize, however, that much of Studs’s best work was not collected into these thematic volumes and has, in fact, never been published. P.S. brings together these significant and deeply enjoyable writings for the first time.

The pieces in P.S. reflect Studs’s wide-ranging interests and travels, as well as his abiding connection to his hometown, Chicago. Here we have a fascinating conversation with James Baldwin, possibly Studs’s finest interview with an author; pieces on the colorful history and culture of Chicago; vivid portraits of Studs’s heroes and cohorts (including an insightful and still timely interview with songwriter Yip Harburg, known for his “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime”); and the transcript of Studs’s famous broadcast on the Depression, the very moving essence of what was to become Hard Times.

A fitting postscript to a lifetime of listening, P.S. is a truly Terkelesque display of Studs’s extraordinary range of talent and the amazing people he found to talk to.

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In March 1970, Maya Angelou sat down with Studs Terkel for a radio interview about her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Books by Studs Terkel

Giants of Jazz

Studs Terkel

And They All Sang
Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey

Studs Terkel

Division Street
America

Studs Terkel

Hard Times
An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression

Studs Terkel