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.

Jean Pierre Rampal (06/30/1989)

June 21, 2024, 11:00 pm

Among his many accomplishments, the French flute virtuoso Jean Pierre Rampal (1922-2000) popularized the flute as a solo instrument. It was in 1989 that he spoke with Studs Terkel about his autobiography, Music, My Love.

Composer William Russo (02/13/1997)

June 28, 2024, 11:00 pm

Chicagoan William Russo (1928 – 2003) was a Jazz composer, arranger, educator, and band leader whose remarkable international career spanned the second half of the 20th century. He wrote for Stan Kenton and the New York Philharmonic. His collaborators ranged from Duke Ellington to Yehudi Menuhin. And he originated the music department at Columbia College, establishing the long-running Chicago Jazz ...