The transcript and audio archives on Historian’s Eye were inspired by the great historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel (1912-2008), who discovered America’s vernacular wisdom early in life, as he listened to the discussions and debates among the plumbers, factory workers, and seamstresses around the table at his parents’ rooming house in Chicago. The interviews here represent the broadest possible array of subjects from across the spectrum and across the country—carpenter, federal judge, unemployed postal worker, hedge fund manager, artist, union organizer, school teacher, journalist, immigrants’ rights activist, administrator, minister, poet, student, grocer… With the exception of those few who wished to remain anonymous, each subject concluded his or her interview by sitting for a portrait. At their best the portraits convey something of the frankness and intimacy that developed between us in the course of our conversation. mj