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One Who Packs a Wallop

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg

Hear a 1964 conversation between Studs Terkel and Carl Sandburg, Friday at 10:00 PM.

Near the end of his days, Studs Terkel thumbed through a book of Sandburg poetry and remarked, “You’ve got a record here of someone who punches…he packs a wallop!”

Studs proceeded to read aloud, adding his own commentary on Sandburg’s verse, and then declared, “Is Sandburg alive? All I can say is, he is to me.”

There is much in Sandburg’s wallop that resonates today, as it had for Studs five years ago (Sandburg died in 1967). In celebration of National Poetry Month, WFMT presents a page from our own archive: a 1964 conversation between Studs Terkel and Carl Sandburg, in which the two reflect upon Sandburg’s collection of American folksong, “The American Songbag.”

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