New Nora Ephron animation from Blank on Blank

We’re very pleased to be partnering (once again) with the fabulous team at Blank on Blank!  This time, they’ve used selections from Studs Terkel’s 1975 interview with Nora Ephron, in which they discuss her book Crazy Salad.

Hear the complete interview:

For the first time, we are able to make an interactive transcript of the interview available.  Click here to open the transcript, then highlight your favorite parts to share them on Twitter!  (This works best in Chrome.)  This interactive transcript is one of the features provided by Trint, and our partnership with them is made possible through the generosity of our Kickstarter backers.

Want more Blank on Blank?  Check out Studs and Buckminster Fuller, Studs and Hunter S. Thompson, and Studs and Maya Angelou.

And that article, “A Few Words About Breasts” – read it here.


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


Pledge here!  Thank you!


Photo credits

Brooks: By Towpilot (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-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,

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

Kronos: ©Jay Blakesberg

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Our Vamonde adventure is available!

We are so pleased to be working with Vamonde, a great Chicago company that creates location-based audio adventures.  They’ve developed an adventure based on Studs’ 1975 conversation with David Lowe, author of Lost Chicago, called “Views of a Splendid World.”  You can get the Vamonde app in the Apple store and start your walk today.

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Studs was a regular on the street, and we have many more programs we’d like to turn into audio adventures, including “Fiesta” (1969), the Lincoln Park Be-In (1967), the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture (1968), and the snow-in (1967).

Do you have a favorite “on the streets” program that you’d like to see turned into an audio adventure?  Let us know in the comments.  And if you haven’t checked out our Kickstarter campaign yet, please do.  We need to raise $75K by February 25 in order to keep the archive functioning.

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One Book, One Chicago Partnership!!



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.

Read all about it here. Happy reading/listening!

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Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws – the Blank on Blank edition

Check out the latest video from our partners Blank on Blank featuring Hunter S. Thompson and Studs Terkel talking about the Hell’s Angels.

We are so excited to continue our collaboration! Make sure to check out their other videos!!

Listen to the full interview here (in two parts):

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New Voices on Studs Terkel Teen Program

We are excited to announce the beginning of our new summer program in partnership with YOUmedia Chicago, Convergence Academies at Tilden and ChiArts.

This program gives teen the opportunity to create new works based on Terkel’s 45 years at WFMT.  All teen content will then be ingested into the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.


To learn more click here.


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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Studs Terkel & Buckminster Fuller chat about The Geodesic Life

In October we launched our inaugural partnership from the creators of Blank on Blank with an interview of the late, great Maya Angelou. Today we introduce the second in this innovative series with Stud’s conversations with Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller.  They are using two interviews from 1965 and 1970 to launch their special miniseries on “The Experimenters” which celebrates the unique voices in STEM. Using witty animation to illustrate Stud’s intimate style of interviewing people, Blank on Blank adds new dimension and character to a traditional art-form.

His first daughter became ill at a young age and died just before she was four. While mourning her loss he wondered why so much time and money was put into making a battleship or an airplane and not on ways to improve our lives. Five years later while walking in the park with his new daughter, Bucky looked up at an airplane and decided to incorporate the building techniques used in the air and on the sea to improve the way we live on land. Watch how he took tragedy and turned it into an inspirational way to live.


The Blank on Blank Animated Interview team is Executive Producer David Gerlach, Director Patrick Smith, Series Producer Amy Drozdowska and Animator Jennifer Yoo. Support for the series comes from PRX, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Squarespace.

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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!


Studs and Stuart Dybek at Chicago’s Rhinofest

A few weeks ago, we told you about the “Terkelogues” show at Chicago’s Rhinofest.  This Sunday, February 8, is the second and final performance.  The show features Jenny Magnus, Beau O’Rielly, and Jeremy Campbell, and is co-written and co-directed by Stephan Brün and our own Tony Macaluso.  This Sunday’s show has a little something extra – author Stuart Dybek will be joining the performance to read a related blizzard-set story from his recent story collection, Ecstatic Cahoots.

We’ve also recently been writing about the Reader‘s Greatest Chicago Book Tournament.  Did you look closely at the seed map on the Reader‘s website?  Look again (scroll down).  There’s a pretty good chance that we could see a Terkel/Dybel book-off in the near future.  But before the competition begins, they’ll be collaborating… maybe synthesizing is better… this weekend at Rhinofest.  Come check it out!

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