Gwendolyn Brooks & Carl Sandburg

April 1, 2022, 11:00 pm

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Tonight, the Best of Studs Terkel returns to 1964 and to two different conversations, each with a landmark 20th Century American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg.

The 1964 Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) program opens as the Chicago-raised author and Poet Laureate recites her 1945 poem, Negro Hero. Later, both guest and host recite passages from her iconic prose.

Studs gathered his 1964 discussion with Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) using his portable tape recorder. Their free form dialogue touched on Sandburg’s massive collection of folk songs, the American Songbag, his commercial recordings, Chicago, Beatniks, and more.