Studs Terkel is on the other side of the tape recorder. “I always check that, check it as you do it, ’cause I’ve goofed up a lot myself with a tape recorder,” he says at the start of an interview in his Chicago home. “I always worry about that. You want to check that? I have a hunch, you know.”
The 89-year-old Terkel is a self-described Luddite, someone who rejects technological change. He doesn’t drive a car and, for that matter, has no license to drive. He prefers a typewriter to a computer. And, as he confesses, he sometimes has trouble operating basic recording equipment.