If you have a spare 54 minutes this YouTube video of an interview with Studs Terkel at UC Berkeley in 2003 is wonderful. He's 91 years old and filled with wisdom, humor and great stories.
Studs Terkel listened to people tell their stories - what is it like to live during a depression, World War II...to be a teacher?
Studs talks about the lack of debate in today's society and a national amnesia where people don't understand what unions did for workers or what free marketeering did in 1929. He spent his life capturing the American experience and American history in the words of everyday people - doing a great service for American people in the process.
At the end of the video he says he has an epitaph already selected, "Curiosity did not kill this cat."