Raw footage of an interview for the program "Studs On A Soapbox." Tom Weinberg interviews Studs Terkel on his back porch at his residence in Chicago. This is the second half of the interview in which Terkel and Weinberg discuss ageism and the current state of politics in the U.S.
00:00Copy video clip URL The video begins with color bars and tone.
00:41Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of Terkel talking about the latest book he is writing. He and Weinberg then quickly discuss their plan for lunch.
01:11Copy video clip URL Terkel and Weinberg begin to discuss the subject of ageism. Terkel talks about the effects of ageism in the working world and states that it is sort of a paradox. Terkel gets a little heated about this issue and offers some very interesting observations.
04:15Copy video clip URL Weinberg asks Terkel about a letter he had just written and sent to Modern Maturity Magazine. In the letter, Terkel speaks on the notion that the American people’s intelligence is being insulted by the two major candidates in the current election. Immediately after beginning to talk about this subject, Terkel is interrupted by a flock of geese flying past his back yard. He jokes by calling them fans of Bush and Gore. Terkel admits that he is a fan of Ralph Nader. He then goes back to discussing his article in Modern Maturity. Terkel talks about the U.S. spending to much on the military, specifically Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” program. He also quotes President Eisenhower’s concept of the Military Industrial Complex. Terkel finally goes on to talk about the need for a proper health care system in the U.S. “How long will our intelligence be insulted by these phonies? Every industrialized country in the world has national health insurance, and every one of those people are healthier than we are. We’re the richest country in the world, and the poorest in health of those countries, because we allow ourselves to be conned, day after day by the thirty minute sound bites, and the day after day after day, bludgeoning our imagination.”
09:22Copy video clip URL Weinberg then asks Terkel about military spending in the U.S. Terkel once again quotes President Eisenhower’s concept of the Military Industrial Complex. Weinberg then asks Terkel about the current state of the working environment in America, but at this point, Terkel is getting tired and admits that he is about done with the interview. Weinberg then ends the interview.
11:14Copy video clip URL Tape ends.