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.
March 14, 2014
GUY CARAWAN (1/18/1964)
American folk singer and folklorist, Guy Carawan, spent many years on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina and Georgia, collecting and sharing the songs, sounds and histories of the people there. He was Studs Terkel's guest in this WFMT broadcast from January 1964.
March 21, 2014
BACH'S BIRTHDAY (3/21/1978)
Studs Terkel was an ardent fan of the music of J.S. Bach, the German Baroque composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, violinist, and musical master. Bach was born on March 21, 1685, and Studs' 1978 radio tribute to the composer is a WFMT favorite.
March 28, 2014
PAUL CARROLL (11/23/1969)
Paul Carroll was an American poet and the founder, in 1968, of the Poetry Center of Chicago. In November 1969 he and Studs Terkel sat down for this conversation which we bring you in honor of National Poetry Month in April.