It’s just about time for Auld Lang Syne!  We’re looking back at our most popular posts of the year, in case you missed any of them, or you want to check them out again.  Not surprisingly, our listeners (that would be you) are most interested in conversations about relevant political and social issues: women’s rights, minority voices, and censured content (banned books).  Thanks for making it such a great year.  Listen up and here’s to 2018!

On March 8, for International Women’s Day,

we featured a program from 1970 in which Studs talked with three members of the Chicago chapter of NOW about the 1970 women’s march.  This post was written by one of our interns at the time, Rachel Newlin. Check it out here: “We’re all sisters together”: Remembering the 1970 Women’s Strike

On May 18, we returned to 1970 for a conversation with journalists Neil and Susan Sheehan.

Neil Sheehan was a reporter for the New York Times, and had been the recipient of the leaked Pentagon Papers.  They talk to Studs about what we might term these days as “fake news,” as well as phone tapping and FBI investigations.  Good thing they didn’t have email and text back then.  Check it out here: TBT: The Pentagon Papers

On June 6, we featured a conversation with one of Chicago’s favorite poets, Gwendolyn Brooks.

She talks with Studs about her poetry collections, as well as the individual poems “We Real Cool” and “The Ballad of Rudolph Reed.”  The blog includes links to read and listen to Ms. Brooks read the poems they discuss . Check it out here: Happy Birthday Gwendolyn!

On August 29, in preparation for Chicago’s annual Jazz Fest,

we posted one of Studs’ conversations with Dizzy Gillespie, recorded in 1961.  They talk about the Latin influence on Dizzy’s music, and how his playing has a percussive style.  The post includes embedded videos so you can listen to the compositions they discuss.  Check it out here: Countdown to Jazz Fest: Dizzy Gillespie

On September 20, we were gearing up for Banned Books Week

with a 1977 conversation with Toni Morrison about her National Book Critics Award-winning novel Song of Solomon.  The post also serves as a primer for Banned Books Week: why books are challenged or banned, and how banning books is a First Amendment concern.  Check it out here: Banned Books Week: Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon

On October 5 we shared a 1969 conversation with the Latin American Defense Organization.

The members talk with Studs about the day-to-day work they do for members of the Puerto Rican community, as well as their direct actions.  Chicago still has a growing and vibrant Puerto Rican community, and this program gives insight into its early accomplishments.  Check it out here: Talking With Puerto Rican Activists

Thanks for making 2017 such a great year for the archive!  We’re looking forward to more social justice, music, poetry, and history for next year and we hope you do too!