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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Studs Terkel & Maya Angelou chat about con men

We are involved in some pretty exciting collaborations here at the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.  At the moment, we’re working closely with the Chicago Humanities Festival, and with the Third Coast International Audio Festival; and we are very excited to add Blank on Blank to the list of partners!  Blank on Blank is the inaugural series of Quoted, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with journalists, archives, and institutions to “transform raw, intimate storytelling into culturally relevant digital content.”  One of the ways they do this is through Blank on Blank’s clever and insightful animations of interviews. Continue reading →

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