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’ career – and everything cultural – unfolded before our eyes. Over the years, his daily guests 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. If you ask those who worked with him – “What exactly was Studs Terkel’s job title at WFMT?” – you’ll get a wistful smile, “Free Spirit.”
For more information and to access select audio archives, visit The Studs Terkel Conversations with America website.