The guests on this episode include: CBS News Correspondent Rita Braver, Singer/songwriter/actress Marianne Faithfull, and oral historian/broadcaster/writer Studs Terkel.
00:00 The video begins with an intro segment leading into the first segment of the episode. Host Tom Snyder welcomes his viewing audience and gives a quick run down of the guests appearing on the show that night. He states that Studs Terkel will appear towards the end of the show and jokes that Terkel won’t be staying on subject for the interview. Snyder then gives an opening monologue.
04:44 The screen cuts to black. This lasts for a couple of minutes. The audio from in between the commercial breaks can be heard for a few seconds during the break.
07:54 Fade in to a shot of Snyder talking about a Presidential news conference that aired earlier in the evening. Rita Braver, CBS News Correspondent, gives a summary of the events that took place during the conference.
15:48 Screen fades to black. Audio can be heard from Snyder and Marianne Faithfull making a few microphone adjustments during the commercial break.
18:57 Fade into a shot of Snyder introducing Marianne Faithfull. The two discuss a variety of topics including: the effects of depression among Hollywood stars and artists, Faithfull’s relationship with Mick Jagger, and Faithfull’s newest musical project. Snyder also takes an amusing call from a member of the viewing audience. There is also two commercial holes during the interview.
33:23 Fade into the second part of the interview with Faithfull.
38:47 Black. (Commercial hole).
41:21 Fade back into last part of the interview with Faithfull.
45:31 Fade into black screen. Both Snyder and Terkel can be heard speaking with one another before the interview begins.
48:39 Fade into a shot of Snyder introducing Studs Terkel to the program. Terkel is at the CBS affiliate in Chicago and is on the program via satellite. Snyder starts off by asking Terkel a question about a trend of apologies among many prominent American figures. Terkel responds by saying that those who are apologizing should be doing so because of their wrongdoing. Terkel then begins to talk about the trend among many members of the media to belittle the sixties. Terkel then describes some of the positive happenings of the sixties. “In the sixties, the best instincts of the young were called upon.” Terkel briefly recalls the Freedom Summer Campaign of 1964. Terkel then emphasizes the need for a national cause among young people today. Snyder then points out that there has not been a national cause in recent years. He goes on to ask Terkel what type of leader he believes will come along and make a national cause known. Terkel responds by suggesting that we shouldn’t look to Washington for great leaders, and emphasizes the importance of grass roots movements. He makes a rather effective point by saying, “We need our people to start thinking for themselves now, and not look upon some hack one way or another who’s there. This is what it’s about. That’s what the country was founded on: dissent, questioning authority, no matter who that authority might be. That’s always been the case.” Terkel then briefly talks about The Great Depression. He states that when those on Wall Street dropped the ball during the crash of 1929, the government had to come in and repair the country’s economic woes. He goes on to talk about the notion that many Americans have no sense of history. “We forget about history. We’re suffering from a national Alzheimer’s disease. And that’s one of the aspects of today’s life too.” Snyder then asks Terkel to give a brief preview of Terkel’s newest book, Coming of Age. Terkel quickly describes the book. Snyder then begins to end the interview, but instead asks Terkel about his favorite kind of people to interview. Terkel replies, “Someone who’s unknown. An ordinary working person. … No celebrated person, but each one has that dream, that yen, that something that makes that ordinary person extraordinary.” Snyder then ends the interview.
56:16 Black. (Commercial hole).
58:19 Fade back in to Snyder as he closes the show. The credits begin to roll.
58:57 Tape ends.