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Can any journalist live up to Studs Terkel? The great Chicagoan’s new book of interviews, And They All Sang: Adventures of an Eclectic Disc Jockey, puts to shame gotcha journalism, tabloid journalism, and anything remotely having to do with Clear Channel. This time around we get Terkel’s own musings on his crazy-as-hell radio show, The Wax Museum, where he spun everything from Mozart to Woody Guthrie and read aloud short stories he dug just because he could—and, well, because there was time. In between, he interviewed famous and not-so-famous people. As a young asthmatic boy, he writes, he found it easier to listen than to breathe. Thank goodness, Terkel continues to do both. The book covers artists, composers, singers, and ringmasters: Bob Dylan talking about first seeing Guthrie as a boy, Alan Lomax confessing that he once asked Memphis Slim and others, “What is the blues really all about?” Find out when Bob Edwards reads from the master’s work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jason Cherkis)