Dorothy Parker (c. 1959) & Mahalia Jackson (c. 1955)

August 14, 2020, 11:00 pm

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Mahalia Jackson, 1962 (Photo: Carl Van Vechten

The Best of Studs Terkel brings you a mid-century double-header with two trailblazing cultural icons.

Dorothy Parker – the American writer, satirist, and member of  the legendary ” Vicious Circle” of the Algonquin Round Table – was Studs Terkel’s guest in February 1959.

Mahalia Jackson reigned as a pioneer interpreter of American gospel, using her uplifting music to inspire social change. In the early 1950’s, she became the first African American gospel artist to sing at Carnegie Hall. Studs Terkel, a friend and champion, invited her to WFMT for this conversation from 1955.