Did you ever meet Studs? Maybe you or a relative were interviewed on his show, or you ran into him on one of his many jaunts through the city with his recording equipment. If you have a Studs story (or picture) to share, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch with Allison Schein, the Archive Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
We are happy to announce our new partnership with Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago campaign. We can’t wait to share Studs Terkel’s programs in conjunction with this years pick, The Third Coast by Thomas Dyja.
In 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
>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.
Just this week, Chicago announced that it had paid over 5.5 million dollars in reparations to victims of police brutality since 2013 and San Francisco has just announced that at least one police officer is facing termination from last week’s texting scandal. The march from Selma to Montgomery that took place 50 years ago were the beginning of the end of institutional racism in America. At least that was the hope and yet stories such as Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland and Ferguson have become so routine that some people aren’t even surprised when it happens in their towns. An entire movement #BlackLivesMatter has been born to address this issue and it has once again become a major talking point amongst Americans.
Back on March 25, 1965, Studs risks personal peril when he went to Montgomery, Alabama to speak with the citizens there to find out what they were thinking and feeling during this momentous occasion. From a 110 year old reverend, born in slavery to white citizens defending segregation with Biblical teachings, these interviews will inspire and shock you. No topic is too controversial for Studs as he discusses Governor George Wallace and Dr. Martin Luther King highlighting the disconnect between white and black America. Fifty years later the question becomes; is racism over, and if not, what can be done to fix the problem once and for all.