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Working in America

Nonfiction: 20th Century American History; public radio
Unabridged   1 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/28/2017

Working in America

The Best of Studs Terkel's Working Tapes

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681689609
Digital Download ISBN:9781681689616


From the archives of legendary storyteller and bestselling author Studs Terkel comes a stunning audio documentary series that captures the voices of Americans from vastly different backgrounds, each reflecting on the value of work in their lives.

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Product Description

The complete audio documentary as broadcast by NPR, plus exclusive bonus interviews and commentary.

In the early 1970's, author and radio host Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was the bestselling book Working. The great interviewer of his day, Terkel celebrated the uncelebrated, and Working elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives.

For over four decades, the Working tapes were packed away in Terkel's home office and remained unheard—until now. Partnering with the Chicago History Museum and the Studs Terkel Archives, Project& was given exclusive access to the original recordings and spent a year working with Radio Diaries preparing them for the world to hear as part of the national multimedia initiative, Working in America. The result is a stunning audio documentary that captures the voices of Americans from vastly different backgrounds, each reflecting on the rewards, the challenges, and the often surprising value of work in their lives. Four decades later, we hear from some of these same people as they reflect on their original interviews—and on the startling changes in their lives since.

Hosted by Joe Richman.


"A deep penetration of American thought and feeling . . . A celebration of individuals . . . A masterpiece." —Los Angeles Times

"An enormous amount of exciting material. . . . An incredible abundance of marvelous beings. . . . A very special electricity and emotional power." —The New York Times Book Review

"An impressive achievement . . . A very valuable document. No journalist alive wields a tape recorded as effectively as Studs Terkel." —Newsweek

"Remarkable . . . the range is enormous. . . . Work is the theme and we learn a lot about these trades." —The Wall Street Journal

Author Bio

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was a free spirit, an outspoken populist, a Pulitzer Prize–winning author, a terrible ham, and one of the best-loved characters on the American scene. Born in New York in 1912, he lived in Chicago for over eight decades. Terkel's humanity, his talent for storytelling in the oral tradition, and his landmark book, Working, served as touchstones for the multi-component initiative Working in America created by Project&.

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