Bob Dylan and other news

Instead of sharing a program with you this week, we have lots of news to share.  Everyone who supports our Kickstarter campaign by Sunday, February 21 gets exclusive access to interviews with beloved icons Bob Dylan, Mel Brooks, and Lily Tomlin and her collaborator and wife Jane Wagner.  Hear Studs draw out their thoughts and stories as only he can.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

 

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin

 

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

We talk a lot about the famous people Studs interviewed in his studio.  People like Bob Dylan, Mel Brooks, and Lily Tomlin.  But his guests, famous or not, were often activists, advocates, and working to change the world for the better through their everyday choices and actions.  Studs spoke with feminists, peaceniks, Holocaust survivors, Native Americans, and union activists.  The stories his guests tell are as relevant today as they were when they were first recorded, and to honor their voices we are celebrating Studs’s commitment to social justice this week from Thursday through Sunday.  Check out our Facebook page for more information, starting tomorrow.

You may remember that the theme of last year’s Third Coast Festival ShortDocs competition was Studs’s radio programs.  Tonight the compilation show will be on Chicago’s WBEZ at 10:00pm, or you can listen here.

And finally, we had a lovely endorsement from David Harrington of Kronos Quartet that we’d like to share with you (and my apologies if you’ve already read this on our Kickstarter update, and in that case, thank you for your pledge!).

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive is one of the most inspiring and diverse mosaics of American culture ever made. Studs’ energy and his spontaneity, his inimitable voice and his timing, his intense interest in people’s stories and in celebrating the pageantry of our society makes The Studs Terkel Archive my favorite body of work. That this archive will become more available means that future generations of listeners can revel in the fun, the probing questions and the magnetism of Studs Terkel. I always feel better after hearing Studs’ show.  Please join me me in supporting The Studs Terkel Radio Archive.
Kronos photographed in San Francisco, CA March 26, 2013

Kronos photographed in San Francisco, CA March 26, 2013

 

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Photo credits

Brooks: By Towpilot (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Dylan: By U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service. (ca. 1953 – ca. 1978) This image was made by Rowland Scherman on assignment from The US Information Agency, 1963. – This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 542021.This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.English | Español | Français | Italiano | Македонски | മലയാളം | Nederlands | Polski | Português | Русский | Slovenščina | Türkçe | Tiếng Việt | 中文(简体) | 中文(繁體) | +/−, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3710113

Tomlin: By U.S. Department of State [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Kronos: ©Jay Blakesberg

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Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge

TCA001_pigeonLogo_podcastWe are so pleased to announce a partnership with Third Coast International Audio Festival for their 2015 ShortDocs Challenge!  In fact we’re so excited that we added a new page to the blog – full of all kinds of great information and a gallery of interviews that shows off Studs’s range of interests, guests, and techniques.  The theme of this year’s challenge is “Studs Rules,” and the submission guidelines are inspired by Studs’s unique and engaging style.  The ShortDocs Challenge is open to anyone (no radio production experience necessary) and can be a documentary, an oral history, sound art – there’s no limit on what you can do as long as you follow the rules.  To get those creative juices flowing (and for additional information, complete rules, and the nuts and bolts of submission), please visit the ShortDocs site.

Now it’s your turn to make radio!

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Studs’s Radio Kin: The Third Coast International Audio Festival

One of the best parts of building the Studs Terkel Radio Archive is connecting with organizations or producers who are using radio to tell stories in styles that both have things in common with what Studs was doing and that also take radio in wild, fearless new directions.

The Third Coast International Audio Festival is definitely an example of both and we’re quite delighted to be working with them on some projects which we’ll be announcing at their big conference here in Chicago in a couple of weeks.

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In the meantime, we’d like to share some amazing storytelling audio. Third Coast recently announced the 12 winners of their 2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.  You can listen here: http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1599-2014-tc-rhdf-competition-winners

These dozen shows range from comic-tragic epic bus trips by migrants going home to Mexico to audio tributes to fog horns and their ability to represent heartbreak. I’m perpetually amazed at the kinds of narrative structures radio producers building. Some of these programs feel like ideas Studs would have contemplated like Emily Hsiao’s “Leaving a Mark” (an interview with a guy seeking to remove a swastika tattoo), while others like Jesse Cox program about the search for sex and affection online would probably perplexed Studs and his cohorts.

The human need to get people to stop, focus and pay attention to a story, even if just for a brief spell, remains constant. We’re excited to have Third Coast as allies as we start building the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. If you haven’t heard the programs they gather – we urge you to go listen now.

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