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When Studs Terkel dies, he’ll loiter inside the gates of heaven—tape recorder in one hand, notebook in the other—interviewing newcomers about the afterlife. In the evenings, he’ll do commentaries on heaven’s radio station concluding that the kingdom of God may be nice, but it just can’t compare to Chicago during the ’40s. In his latest book, Coming of Age, the 83-year-old Terkel talks to 74 senior citizens about what it was like to live through this turbulent century. Terkel reads today at 2 p.m. at Borders, 18th & L Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999; Terkel and NPR’s Daniel Schorr (no spring chicken himself) discuss Coming of Age tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Ave. NW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (David Plotz)