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WFMT Best of Studs Terkel

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.

Program Schedule

December 26, 2014


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.