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WFMT Best of Studs Terkel

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.

Program Schedule

Studs Terkel with Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky

Above: Studs speaking with beat poets (pictured from left to right) Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky in a program originally broadcast in 1960 (Photo Courtesy of The Chicago History Museum).