In Memory of Oliver Sacks

oliver sacksIn May we ran one of Studs’ interviews from 1985 with famed neurologist and author Oliver Sacks. His work with a rare form of sleeping sickness in the 1960’s became the basis for his book, and the movie Awakenings starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. Although the interview was supposed to center on his newest publication The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, in true Studs fashion the interview soon became a conversation about much, much more. In honor of the remarkable life of Oliver Sacks, who passed away today at the age of 82, we once again present this wonderful and enlightening conversation between two giants in their fields.

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Creating Awesome Things!

“You guys are going to create awesome things”. And they did. While working on New Voices on the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, the kids brainstormed, collaborated and created all summer. Using content and ideas from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive they created an exhibit that is truly one of a kind. The special “sneak peak” was on August 22nd but the exhibit opens to the public on September 11th at the Chicago Arts District and runs through September 25th when this amazing exhibit will culminate with a well-deserved closing ceremony to honor these young artists.

But while you’re waiting for this exciting exhibit to open, take some time to watch this brief video detailing some of the work that went into it.

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Happy National Radio Day!

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What better way to celebrate National Radio Day than with an interview of Studs by American radio documentary maker and broadcaster Elsa Knight Thompson. Think about your favorite interviewers and consider this conversation between these two legendary radio personalities from 1970 on the nature of a great interview. Whether you plan to become an interviewer or just love a good one when you hear it, the tools used by these two giants of radio will have you looking for the hallmarks of a good story from now on.

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New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive Exhibit Special Preview on 8/23!

It’s been a busy summer for the students at ChiArts, Convergent Academies at Tilden and YouMedia as they’ve prepared their projects for the New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit  which begins with a sneak peak on August 23rd at The Chicago History Museum  in their first floor Guild Room from 12:30 – 4:30pm.  In addition to seeing one piece from each locale you’ll be able to experience interactive exhibits, a listening station and a photo series on pictures of two people, in hoping of telling a narrative between them..

Then on September 11th, we pull out all the stops for the gala opening as we celebrate at the Chicago Art Department on 1932 South Halsted in Chicago. Starting at 6:00pm you’ll be able to see and interact with all of the pieces, meet the artists and leave your thoughts or feedback on the exhibit. Until then check out the blog and student bios at New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit and learn more about what it takes to live the creative life.

The teens have been working hard this summer to create the best interactive pieces possible using audio from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, their Ninja-like skills and unlimited imaginations, so don’t miss your chance to see and experience their incredible work. Can’t join us for any of these special dates? Don’t worry, the exhibit runs from September 11 through September 25 when we’ll have a closing ceremony at 6:30pm to honor these awesome talents.

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All You Need Is Love

It’s abundantly clear by now to anyone who listened to Studs’ original broadcasts that he championed social justice and equality for all. From his earliest broadcasts he gave a voice to people of all races, creeds and sexual orientation. Yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the rights of same-sex couples to marry reinforces what Studs said in a speech he gave in 2001. He believed that all people should be treated equally no matter who they are, or who they love.

From The Stonewall Inn where the fight for equality began to states like Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky where same-sex couples are finally free to get married and have their families legally recognized, Studs’ words about what family values are all about stands the test of time.

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Online Voting Is Open For The 2015 People’s ShortDoc Award!

2015 ShortDocs_tileThe Third Coast International Audio Festival’s 2015 People’s ShortDoc Award is coming to an end! Don’t wait to cast a ballot for your favorite STUDS RULES story from the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge, presented in partnership with the WFMT Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

We’ve selected eight finalists from a pool of over 150 submissions! Just one will be crowned with the People’s ShortDoc Award (PSDA). Listen below to all eight finalists before making your decision, then vote just once between June 2 – June 22, midnight CST. The ShortDoc that collects the most votes will be celebrated as our PSDA winner along with four other winners (chosen by Third Coast and WFMT staff) at thirdcoastfestival.org and on our radio program/podcast Re:sound.

Not sure which ShortDoc to vote for? (Can’t blame you, they’re all fantastic.) Here are a few things to consider:

– Compelling story choice
– Use of sound to help tell story
– Use of ShortDocs rules – contains the question “And what happened then?” and includes a “shout of silence” or a “cry of laughter”

Who Remembers My Father’s Voice? / Pablo Duarte (Mexico City, Mexico)
Who Took Mom to Prom? / Emer Horgan (Dublin, Ireland)
What Could Be So Bad About This? / John-Michael Forman (Chattanooga, TN)
What Makes a Good Marriage? / Olivia Humphreys (London, England)
What Was It About Marriage Anyway? / Austin Mitchell (Brooklyn, NY)
What Do You Look Forward To, Aai? / Neena Pathak (Minneapolis, MN)
Where Do I Find You Now? / Sara Curtis (San Francisco, CA)
Where Do I Even Start? / Aaron Leeder and Benjamin Riskin (Brooklyn, NY)

Once you’ve listen to all of them you can VOTE HERE. Remember you can only vote once so pick carefully.

After voting, why not listen to more of ShortDocs that were submitted this year?

Read more about the 2015 ShortDocs Challenge rules, the incentives, and the fine print here.

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Vote For Your Favorite In The ShortDocs Challenge: Studs Rules Contest

peoplesshortdocbutton2 (2)The Third Coast Audio Festival ShortDocs Challenge: Studs Rules is coming to an end next week and so is your chance to listen to all of the great short documentaries at the Third Coast Audio Festival 2015 ShortDocs library. While finalists have already been chosen you can still listen to the over 150 entries we received at Third Coast Festival.  And while these docs may be short on time, none of them are short on inspiration, tears, laughter and joy. Don’t have the time or patience to listen to all of the entries then join us next Wednesday, June 3rd to listen to and vote for the 2015 People’s Short Doc. Specifics are below but you’ll want to arrive early for the food trucks and drinks. Stay to listen to the finalists and vote for your favorite to receive an “I Voted!” sticker. We look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT: Third Coast Listening Room & People’s ShortDoc Voting
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3rd / Program starts at 7pm, arrive at 6pm for food trucks and drinks.
WHERE: The Co-Prosperity Sphere / 3219 S. Morgan St, Chicago (Bridgeport)
TIX: $10, you can buy them here. If available, we’ll also sell them at the door.
TLDR version:
Sonic delights, tasty food, cold beer, community.

The event is hosted in partnership with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at WFMT, Lumpen Radio and Public Media Institute. See you there!

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In Praise of the late Jim Unrath: Studs’ Great Producer

jim-unrath_CROPPED-e1335893182170The Stud Terkel Archive and WFMT Radio lost one of the greats this weekend when Jim Unrath passed away of heart failure at his home in Stockton, California. Tony Macaluso, Archive Director here at The Studs Terkel Archive, wrote a short piece about Jim and his work with Studs, including a few great audio clips.

In recent years, I’ve had the immense pleasure of listening to many of the programs Jim Unrath produced with Studs Terkel. His work as an editor and co-creator is remarkable. It’s complex, witty, profound, full of surprises and charts its own path. His role in expanding the possibilities of radio as an artistic medium is tremendous.

And here’s a marvelous interview with Jim from Transom by Sydney Lewis:
About Born To Live with Jim Unrath

 

And perhaps my favorite, the program “Come in at the Door” based on the writings of Nelson Algren (in two parts):

Consider taking a moment to listen to some of Jim’s remarkable work.

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Simon Wiesenthal…A Man With A Mission

>When Studs interviewed Simon Wiesenthal in 1976, he had already gained a formidable reputation as a Nazi Hunter. After spending the majority of the war being moved from one forced labor camp to another, Wiesenthal ended up at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria new Linz. Severely ill from an amputated toe and a forced march from two other camps as the Soviets advanced through Poland and Austria, he was put on a death block. Fortunately for him, and the rest of the world he was able to survive from February until his liberation by American troops on May 5, 1945. Within weeks of his freedom, he had already begun putting together a list of Nazi names and working with allied troops to not only find and prosecute them, but also begin the reunification of as many displaced survivors as possible.

Today his work continues through the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies. Although we’d like to think that all Nazi’s are gone we know this is untrue as a 93 year old SS sergeant is being prosecuted in Germany for accessory to murder for his role in the gas chamber deaths of 300,000 at Auschwitz.  While justice may be late in coming it may not have occurred at all if not for the efforts of survivors like Simon Wiesenthal.  With the Pope Francis’ recent recognition of the Palestinian state and Israels Prime Minister making waves in the United States it is interesting to hear what Simon and Studs had to say about these subjects back in 1976 when they were hot button issues, just as they are today.

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Crazy Salad And Other Ponderings From Nora Ephron

Writer Nora Ephron Portrait Session

Today we celebrate the birthday of Nora Ephron, distinguished journalist, author, columnist, screenwriter, playwright, producer, director, blogger and overall wit. Although she died in 2012 her legacy lives on in such films as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. She was nominated for Oscars and Tony’s and co-authored the Drama Desk Award winning play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Those are the well-known facts about her, but early in her career she was a journalist and well-known feminist. Studs interviewed her in March, 1975 when her book Crazy Salad was published. A collection of essays about what women want, from her work as an essayist at Esquire magazine, it serves as a launching point for a discussion that ranges from feminism to feminine hygiene products, Dorothy Parker, women criticizing women, Israel and even the Loud Family documentary.

When these two giants of journalism and human observation get together nothing is off-limits. With stories both humorous and sad, Nora perfectly encapsulates the ambivalence of being a woman when it comes to navigating the world in 1975 and today.

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