Studs Terkel, the Chicago reporter who recorded oral histories of ordinary Americans, died last week. We assembled a collection of his work from his Hard Times radio series, in which people talk about their experiences during the Depression—how everyone simultaneously became poor, regardless of their class.
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Ira talks to Rev. Donald Sharp, of Faith Tabernacle Church in Chicago.
Host Ira Glass introduces four characters: Kay McDonald, who raised a daughter named Sue, and Mary Miller, who raised a daughter named Marti. In 1994, Mary Miller wrote letters to Sue and Marti, confessing the secret she'd kept for 43 years: The daughters had been switched at birth and raised by the wrong families.
Reporter Jake Halpern tells the story of Marti Miller and Sue McDonald, the daughters who were switched at birth, and the many complications that came with learning the truth.
Jake Halpern tells the mothers' sides of the story. At 69, Kay McDonald had to cope not only with the news that her daughter wasn't her own, but that another mother had known the whole time.
The song "Mystery of the Dunbar's Child" describes Bobby Dunbar's disappearance.
Margaret Dunbar Cutright starts looking into her grandfather's disappearance.
Margaret meets the living relatives of her grandfather's kidnapper and finally arrives at an incontrovertible truth.
Richard Klein of Cornell University explains that the way we view love really began with love poems in the 13th century—an illusion.