Warning!! The Studs Terkel Radio Archive of interviews is promoted as history. But it’s NOT. That’s because history is not necessarily what people say in interviews. Warning!! The Terkel Archives only contain what people say and, as we all know (but many often forget), what people say does not necessarily correspond to what they and/or others have actually done or actually believe. So, maybe what’s said in the Archives corresponds to what actually occurred and maybe not. The only way to know is to check information in the Archives with information/data from two, or preferably three or more, non-asking sources of information; such as documents and behavioral traces.
Warning!! Terkel is just an interviewer; an asker who relies on what people say. Don’t do that! Don’t rely on what people say when you want to find out about history or what’s really going on now.
For a complete critique of interviewing–and all other types of asking–as well as brief descriptions of what I call “proper” procedures for obtaining reliable information, see my book, The Problem with Survey Research.