Studs Terkel, writer, social commentator, talk radio host, and hailed as “the most extraordinary social observer this country has produced,” died Friday, October 31st, at 96.
Terkel’s radio program was broadcast daily between 1952 and 1997. His books of oral history — including one that won him the Pulitzer Prize — maked him as the “quintessential American writer,” Dennis J. Kucinic wrote on The Nations’s Web site.
Terkel took on the social world of the 20th century — “Hard Times,” “The Good War” or “Working” — and spoke to a range of people who spoke with him about the Depression, the Second World War or the world of the workplace: the bookmaker and the stockbroker, the carpenter and the washroom attendant, the mayor and the supermarket cashier. Terkel was the Listener to Americans.