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  • WFMT’s Studs Terkel Radio Archive, in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, invites you into the history books with the new podcast Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing. Inspired by the legacy of the inimitable 20th century broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel, and supported by hours and hours of tape from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, the Bughouse Square podcast revisits historical figures and events once explored by Terkel—now unpacked for the 21st century. And there is no better guide to lead us through decades of American letters and culture than our host Eve Ewing, the prolific writer, scholar and cultural organizer.

    Find out more about the people behind Bughouse Square.

    The title Bughouse Square comes from Chicago's beloved free speech park in front of the Newberry Library where Terkel first encountered the kind of lively public debate that inspired his oral history books and radio work.

    Bug House Square Team

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Episode 1


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BONUS: "They Are Doing It For All Black Lives"

H ere are some more insights from Darnell Moore on the Movement for Black Lives and the challenges of creating inclusive spaces.


Darnell Moore names more black, queer writers that merit our attention now. He recommends Richard Bruce Nugent, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clark, M Jackie Alexander, Barbara Smith and more.

Episode 2

  • Shel Silverstein

    Focuses on a Studs Terkel Radio Archive conversation between Studs and Shel Silverstein, and host Eve Ewing in conversation with Adam Mansbach, New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and cultural critic.


Bonus: Bulldozing the Boundaries of Adult and Children’s Lit

If you’re going to write a book that involves swearing at your child, it probably shouldn’t go in the children’s section, right? Adam Mansbach had to figure out where Go the F*** to Sleep fits in the bookstore... and if his book belonged in a bookstore.

Bonus: My Twitter Beef With Raffi

Before the next episode drops, we need to talk about Adam Mansbach’s contentious relationship with the singer of Baby Beluga.

Episode 3

  • Lorraine Hansberry

    Spotlights a conversation between Studs and Lorraine Hansberry and host Eve Ewing in conversation with Dr. Imani Perry, Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.