We are involved in some pretty exciting collaborations here at the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.  At the moment, we’re working closely with the Chicago Humanities Festival, and with the Third Coast International Audio Festival; and we are very excited to add Blank on Blank to the list of partners!  Blank on Blank is the inaugural series of Quoted, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with journalists, archives, and institutions to “transform raw, intimate storytelling into culturally relevant digital content.”  One of the ways they do this is through Blank on Blank’s clever and insightful animations of interviews.

The team at Blank on Blank has chosen an excerpt from Studs’s 1970 interview with Maya Angelou to serve as the audio for the first episode of a new twenty-episode season.

She had just published her first novel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and she speaks with Studs about writing the book, and the memories that went into it.  The interview is full of stories and songs, melancholy moments and humorous ones.

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Blank on Blank has animated a particularly funny segment in which Maya tells about a pair of African American con men, posing as “very ignorant and very shuffling,” who take in a white man whose greed is dwarfed only by his bigotry.

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Watch what happens…

The Blank on Blank Animated Interview team is Executive Producer David Gerlach, Animator-Director Patrick Smith, and Audio Producer Amy Drozdowska.  The series is produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios.

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