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|Creator||Gardiner C. Means and Raymond Moley|
|Context||1971 oral history interviews with Roosevelt's advisors during the Great Depression|
|Audience||Readers of Hard Times and listeners to "The Studs Terkel Program"|
|Purpose||To show the views of Roosevelt's advisors in implementing New Deal policies and programs|
Studs Terkel conducted hundreds of oral history interviews for his book on the Depression, and later used some of these interviews for "The Studs Terkel Program" on WFMT radio in Chicago. The first interview is with Gardiner C. Means, who served as the economic adviser on finance to Henry Wallace, the secretary of agriculture. Means explains his perspective on how the New Deal changed the economy of the United States. The second interview is with Raymond Moley. Moley was a founding member and leader of the "Brain Trust," a group of economists and professors who served as Roosevelt's advisers. Although some newspaper editorials and political cartoons portrayed the Brain Trust as idealists, these men helped to formulate the policies of the first New Deal. Moley supported cooperation between business and government, and leaned to the right in his views on New Deal policies.