STREAM: This Rare Live Recording of ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson Will Take You to Church

Hear a rarely-heard live performance by Mahalia Jackson’s broadcast from the Morrison Hotel in 1975 courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

Hear What Maya Angelou, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ Author, Sounds Like Singing the Blues

Author and activist Maya Angelou is best for her autobiographical memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. But have you heard Angelou sing?

Hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to Studs Terkel about his dream, the dangers of hate, and the power of love

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke with WFMT host Studs Terkel following his historic “I Have a Dream Speech.” During their conversation, recorded at the Chicago home of Mahalia Jackson on October 22, 1964, Terkel asked King, “When did this dream first come to you?” Hear their full conversation below alongside transcriptions of selected quotations below. “To live as brothers” …

WFMT’s Studs Terkel Archive Receives $400,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

It was announced today that the radio archive of long-time WFMT free-spirit Studs Terkel received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the amount of $400,000. Between 1952 and 1997 Studs’ radio show on WFMT featured many of the 20th century’s most vibrant artists and thinkers. As a result of this grant and other support, the 5,600 …

Author Alan Wieder on His Book ‘Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture but Mostly Conversation’

Wieder’s book is the first attempt to synthesize many facets of Studs Terkel’s life, including stories and details about Studs’ 45 years at WFMT.