Studs Terkel, who secured oral history as an essential form of documentation, has passed. You can get a brief rundown of his output in his New York Times obit, though I suggest you really get started with Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The inspiring work he did all day changed the way we think about and care about radio, history, and storytelling. What a life!
Here, Mr. Terkel on a soapbox, on independence, on radio, Woody Guthrie, slow talking banalities by the carload, Ravi Shankar, devotion, sinking of the Titanic, and on, and on….