This week we are giving thanks for the interviews we conducted before it was too late. Pete Seeger was banned from American commercial television for more than 17 years, after topping both the pop charts and the Hollywood blacklist. Seeger wrote or co-wrote many of our most iconic folk songs and was still writing and performing into his 90s. When he spoke with Bob in 2008, Seeger was about to release a new songbook and the PBS program American Masters paid tribute to him with a show called The Power of Song. Pete Seeger died in January at the age of 94.
Then we’ll remember Studs Terkel. In the spring of 2005 Bob traveled to Chicago and to Terkel's home to reminisce about his career as a writer, broadcaster, oral historian and story teller. Terkel was 96 years old when he died in 2008. [Broadcast Date: November 24, 2014]