The Best of Studs Terkel
Fridays at 10:00 pm
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.
To explore the new, in-progress Studs Terkel Radio Archive website which will eventually feature 5,000 plus interviews and radio programs, click here.
October 31, 2014
LYRIC OPERA AT 25 (1979/09/17)
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.
November 7, 2014
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (2/1/1985)
Tonight on the Best of Studs Terkel we have an archive favorite. Studs Terkel had his portable tape recorder with him for this 1985 conversation with composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, pianist and national treasure, Leonard Bernstein.
November 14, 2014
LOUDEN WAINWRIGHT, III (1974/11/14)
November 21, 2014
November 28, 2014
December 5, 2014
WFMT ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM
December 12, 2014
BEETHOVEN'S BIRTHDAY (12/16/1968)
December 19, 2014
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES (1961/12/18)
Tonight on the Best of Studs Terkel, something of an annual tradition, and the rebroadcast of Studs Terkel's compendium of voices, story and music on the theme of the Christmas season.