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Studs Terkel, radio host, oral historian, indefatigable promoter of Labor Day, and author of one of the best books ever written about American life, died today. He was 96. A brief obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times has this nice summation:

“He had a very full, eventful and sometimes tempestuous life ,” said his son Dan. “It was very satisfactory.”