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The Best of Studs Terkel

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For 45 years (1952-1997), WFMT was home to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel. Operating from a tiny room overstuffed with papers, books, and an antique typewriter, Studs’s career and everything cultural unfolded before our eyes. Over the years, the guests on his daily radio show ranged from ordinary Chicagoans to international figures: political leaders, writers, performers, social activists, and labor organizers. Covering wide-ranging topics, Studs was remarkable in his depth of knowledge, and in his ability to get others to open up and talk. Most of all, he modeled a quality that became his job title at WFMT: Free Spirit.

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September 19, 2014


Born in 1931, the Austrian pianist, poet and author Alfred Brendel is widely considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time. In his 1985 conversation with Studs Terkel, he and Studs touch upon the topic of humor in music, among other things.
Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata n 59 in E flat, Hob. XVI:49
Schubert Piano Sonata No 14 D 784 A minor Alfred Brendel

September 26, 2014

LYRIC OPERA AT 25 (9/17/1979)

Tonight on The Best of Studs Terkel, we honor the Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary season with this program from September 1979, and Studs's tribute to the Lyric at 25.