Best of Studs Terkel

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Studs Terkel

Archival gems from historian Studs Terkel’s longstanding WFMT interview program

For 45 years (1952-1997), WFMT was home to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel. 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. Studs was remarkable in his depth of knowledge and in his ability to get others to share in spirited and insightful discussion.

Learn more about the Studs Terkel Radio Archive by visiting its website.

Emerson String Quartet (08/31/1989)

June 2, 2023, 11:00 pm

For four decades, the Emerson String Quartet has maintained its stature as one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles.

Remembering Rita Jacobs Willens (06/12/1990)

June 9, 2023, 11:00 pm

In 1951, a young couple named Rita and Bernie Jacobs bought a small Chicago radio station where they could share the classical and arts programming they loved. Studs Terkel joined them within the year and stayed for almost half a century.  When Rita died, in June 1990, Studs presented this hour of her favorite music, and a glimpse into the sounds ...

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (06/21/1974)

June 16, 2023, 11:00 pm

On June 21, 1974, Studs Terkel’s guests were Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. These two investigative journalists broke the scandalous story of the Watergate break-in for the Washington Post. They spoke with Studs about how they “got their foot in the door” enough to tell the story despite threats of retaliation, and their follow-up book, All The President’s Men.

A Summer Salad (06/22/1988)

June 23, 2023, 11:00 pm

Studs Terkel celebrated the 1988 summer solstice with an hour of words and music.

The Brothers Gershwin (02/06/1979)

June 30, 2023, 11:00 pm

Our summer sojourn through Studs Terkel’s programs of yesteryear brings us to his great love of composer George Gershwin and his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. This WFMT broadcast dates from 1979.