Creating Awesome Things!

“You guys are going to create awesome things”. And they did. While working on New Voices on the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, the kids brainstormed, collaborated and created all summer. Using content and ideas from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive they created an exhibit that is truly one of a kind. The special “sneak peak” was on August 22nd but the exhibit opens to the public on September 11th at the Chicago Arts District and runs through September 25th when this amazing exhibit will culminate with a well-deserved closing ceremony to honor these young artists.

But while you’re waiting for this exciting exhibit to open, take some time to watch this brief video detailing some of the work that went into it.

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New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive Exhibit Special Preview on 8/23!

It’s been a busy summer for the students at ChiArts, Convergent Academies at Tilden and YouMedia as they’ve prepared their projects for the New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit  which begins with a sneak peak on August 23rd at The Chicago History Museum  in their first floor Guild Room from 12:30 – 4:30pm.  In addition to seeing one piece from each locale you’ll be able to experience interactive exhibits, a listening station and a photo series on pictures of two people, in hoping of telling a narrative between them..

Then on September 11th, we pull out all the stops for the gala opening as we celebrate at the Chicago Art Department on 1932 South Halsted in Chicago. Starting at 6:00pm you’ll be able to see and interact with all of the pieces, meet the artists and leave your thoughts or feedback on the exhibit. Until then check out the blog and student bios at New Voices on Studs Terkel Radio Archive exhibit and learn more about what it takes to live the creative life.

The teens have been working hard this summer to create the best interactive pieces possible using audio from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, their Ninja-like skills and unlimited imaginations, so don’t miss your chance to see and experience their incredible work. Can’t join us for any of these special dates? Don’t worry, the exhibit runs from September 11 through September 25 when we’ll have a closing ceremony at 6:30pm to honor these awesome talents.

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All You Need Is Love

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.

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In Praise of the late Jim Unrath: Studs’ Great Producer

jim-unrath_CROPPED-e1335893182170The 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.

And here’s a marvelous interview with Jim from Transom by Sydney Lewis:
About Born To Live with Jim Unrath


And perhaps my favorite, the program “Come in at the Door” based on the writings of Nelson Algren (in two parts):

Consider taking a moment to listen to some of Jim’s remarkable work.

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Simon Wiesenthal…A Man With A Mission

>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.

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Oliver Sacks and Studs Explore the Mysteries of Language and Life

Oliver Sacks, renowned neurologist, has written a new book and he’s finally telling it like it is by recounting how his life inspired his work. On The Move: A Life chronicles Sacks’ life from his childhood obsession with motorcycles, early medical practice and substance abuse in California to dealing with an unknown chronic illness in New York.  In addition to Awakenings, which was turned into a movie starring Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro, Sacks has written extensively about the mysteries of the human mind.

Oliver SacksIn 1990, Studs and Sacks sat down to discuss his new book Seeing Voices: A Journey Into the World of the Deaf.  Their conversation ranges from the history of sign language to his study of how learning to sign opens up the world of anyone who has the privilege of learning it. Whether they are hearing impaired or not the symbolic nature of sign language offers new ways of thinking and expression for everyone as revealed in their lively interview. This quote upon learning he has terminal cancer perfectly sums up his life and work. “Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” *

*; George Dvorsky; 2/19/2015

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What Really Happened At Kent State? A Conversation with Peter Davies & Barry Levine

kent stateImmortalized with Neil Young’s song, Four Dead In Ohio, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings, one of the most pivotal moments in the Vietnam War protests.  On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students who were protesting the announcement by Richard Nixon on April 30, 1970 of the Cambodian Campaign. Killing four and wounding nine others combined with the conservative nature of the student body sparked national outrage and escalated the anti-war movement.  The response was immediate causing the closure of hundreds of universities, colleges and schools as over 4 million students went on strike and parents all over the country began to worry about whether their children could protest in peace.

Photos from the 1970 Valley News-Dispatch.


In 1973 Studs spoke with Peter Davies about his book Truth About Kent State: A Challenge to the American Conscience and Barry Levine who was a student at Kent State at the time of the shootings. They discuss the hardline tactics used by school and public officials to quash any protests, as well as the lack of charges filed against anyone in law enforcement or the government in the shooting of 13 peaceful demonstrators. Much of what they discuss is as pertinent today as it was 45 years ago and bears scrutiny during our latest national debate on the right to peacefully protest. Are those who forget the past really doomed to repeat it?

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