In this interview, Alben W. Barkley alternates between stories of his childhood in western Kentucky and his experiences as a politician in Washington. He tells of "crawly sugar" in Paducah. He describes Thomas Corwin, an Ohio politician, and discusses an incident with Rene Viviani, the foreign minister of France. Barkley provides some further details of his visit to Europe during World War One, and he recalls seeing the concentrations camps in Europe after World War Two.
Barkley explains that he was born with the name Willie Alben, and discusses his decision to change his name to Alben W. He remembers the first time that he used a telephone. Barkley also discusses his children and the time that he was able to spend with his family during his hectic career.