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I’ve chosen two interviews from Terkel's oral history of death which stayed with me these last 13 years. The first focuses on an impulse that may be among the hardest to understand and yet most moving to encounter, forgiveness; and the second centers on a subject that, unfortunately, is still all too timely: the trauma deaths of young Americans from gunshot wounds.

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What a time for the world to lose Studs Terkel. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, activist and radio and television star died Friday in his adopted hometown of Chicago. Terkel was 96.

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The host of "Democracy Now" pays tribute to one of her most prolific and passionate forebears, Studs Terkel, who turns 95 this week. "Ordinary people are capable of doing extraordinary things," Terkel says. His life proves that fact.

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