In the Know: Studs Terkel's Race, Then and Now

May 8, 2012

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From left to right: Laura Washington, María de Los Angeles Torres, Salim Muwakkil, and Natalie Moore

This May marked the 100th birthday of Chicago’s beloved oral historian Studs Terkel. To commemorate him, we take his book Race off the shelf to see what it may have to say today. In the early nineties, Terkel interviewed a cross-section of America to find out how blacks and whites think and feel about race. In twenty years, much has changed, yet according to the 2010 census Chicago remains one of the most segregated cities in America. Listen in as we continue the conversation that Studs Terkel began for us exactly two decades ago.

Journalist Laura Washington moderates this monthly series that explores contemporary issues affecting life in Chicago. Panelists include: Natalie Moore, reporter at WBEZ’s South Side bureau in Englewood; Salim Muwakkil, senior editor of In These Times and an op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune who was interviewed by Studs Terkel for the book Race in 1992; and María de Los Angeles Torres, director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Recorded Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the Chicago History Museum.