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.
The Library of Congress’s Recorded Sound Division is currently digitizing more than 5,000 of Studs Terkel’s original WFMT radio shows and interviews. This effort has enriched our weekly rebroadcasts of those historical programs, and has been instrumental in the creation of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive website, studsterkel.org.
May 1, 2015
MAY DAY (5/1/1973)
Tonight on THE BEST OF STUDS TERKEL we bring you a program of songs and voices commemorating May Day. Studs offered this sound portrait in 1973 and it has been heard on WFMT many times.
May 8, 2015
MOTHERS DAY (5/8/1981)
Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, and so tonight THE BEST OF STUDS TERKEL rebroadcasts this Terkelian tribute from 1981.
May 15, 2015
COME IN AT THE DOOR (5/12/1981)
Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. In honor of his birthday we bring you a show he called "Come In At The Door." This WFMT favorite is a radio play based on the writings of Studs' friend, Chicago author Nelson Algren. It's enacted by Herman Kogan, Studs Terkel, Helen Malone and others.
May 29, 2015
JOSEF KRIPS (c. 11/1964)
In November 1964, conductor Josef Krips spoke with Studs Terkel about his life in music, and about Mozart.
June 5, 2015
GORDON BOK (c. 1980)
June 12, 2015
THE MAGNA CARTA (6/15/1965)
On June 15, 1215, in a field at Runnymede, King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta, or “Great Charter.” Although written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical king, the Magna Carta became an important part of the protracted historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law in England and beyond. On June 15, 1965, Studs Terkel told the tale through words and music.
June 19, 2015
LIL ARMSTRONG (2/27/1957)
Lil Hardin-Armstrong reigned among the most prominent woman in early jazz. She played piano, composed, and arranged for most of the important Hot Bands from New Orleans to Chicago to Paris. And, for a good while, she was married to Louis Armstrong.
June 26, 2015
DALE CLEVENGER (10/18/1989)
We honor former long-time Chicago Symphony principal horn Dale Clevenger who celebrates his 75th birthday on July 2nd.