Studs Terkel, RIP

Last fall when I was putting together my course on “Documenting Injustice,” one of the writers I considered teaching was Studs Terkel.  I’d grown fond of Terkel originally from listening to his Chicago-based radio show when I was living in Illinois, in large part because Terkel had such a unique voice, a raspy, energetic, curious tone, but like others who appreciated Terkel’s often idiosyncratic approach to journalism, it was Terkel’s skill as a listener, his willingness to engage with ordinary people, that I appreciated most.  He was a fascinating storyteller who continued to explore, work, and write, long after so many others would have put away their typewriter.  He will be missed.

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