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.
December 13, 2013
WFMT's 40th ANNIVERSARY (1991)
In December 1991 Studs Terkel honored WFMT's 40th anniversary with an hour of music and conversation recalling highlights from his long-running program.
December 20, 2013
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES (12/22/1961)
Tonight's "Christmas Memories" broadcast with Studs Terkel was first offered on WFMT in 1961, so this is our annual broadcast of that perennial favorite. Here then, voices and memories of childhood Christmases.
January 3, 2014
SUN HOUSE (4/19/1965)
Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. was an American blues singer and guitarist, noted for his highly emotional style of singing and slide guitar playing. He and Studs Terkel recorded this program during a WFMT broadcast on 4/19/1965.