Fridays at 11:05 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.

See a schedule of recent and upcoming broadcasts below, and for more information visit the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

Friday, October 7, 2016


John Prine (Photo: Senor McGuire)

Studs speaks with singer-songwriter John Prine, interviewed in the 1970s

Friday, October 14, 2016


Hear Studs in conversation with legendary American composer Aaron Copland, interviewed in 1961

Friday, October 21, 2016


Studs speaks with folksinger and activist Joan Baez, interviewed at Ravinia in 1967; Baez will be performing later this month at Symphony Center.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Peter Schickele with his alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach. (Photo: Peter Schaaf)

Studs talks with Professor Peter Schickele, aka PDQ Bach, interviewed in 1984.