106 episodes

Selections from the WFMT collection of Terkel’s radio interviews, delivered several times each week. An unofficial feed.

Studs Terkel Archive Podcast Ben Welsh

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

Selections from the WFMT collection of Terkel’s radio interviews, delivered several times each week. An unofficial feed.

    Discussing the book "The Haymarket Tragedy," with the author, historian Paul Avrich

    Discussing the book "The Haymarket Tragedy," with the author, historian Paul Avrich

    First broadcast on December 27, 1984.

    • 50 min
    Howard Vincent discusses foreign languages and Herman Melville

    Howard Vincent discusses foreign languages and Herman Melville

    First broadcast on December 22, 1959. Foreign language expert Howard Vincent talks with Studs Terkel about foreign languages, Herman Melville, “Moby Dick,” and other literary works.

    • 27 min
    E. L. Doctorow in conversation with Studs Terkel

    E. L. Doctorow in conversation with Studs Terkel

    First broadcast on December 19, 1984. Discussing the book "Lives of the Poets: Six Stories and a Novella" (published by Random House) with the author E.L. Doctorow.

    • 51 min
    Discussing the book "The New Russians" with the author, journalist Hedrick Smith

    Discussing the book "The New Russians" with the author, journalist Hedrick Smith

    First broadcast on December 13, 1990. Program includes an excerpt of a May 1990 interview with Russian journalist Vitaly Korotich.

    • 55 min
    Pete Hamill in conversation with Studs Terkel

    Pete Hamill in conversation with Studs Terkel

    First broadcast on December 09, 1977.

    • 54 min
    Roger Ebert discusses old movies with Studs Terkel

    Roger Ebert discusses old movies with Studs Terkel

    First broadcast on December 03, 1996. Chicago Sun-Times film critic and author Roger Ebert discusses his book "Roger Ebert's Book of Film: From Tolstoy to Tarantino, The Finest Writing From A Century of Film" (published by Norton); reads passages from his book; interview with Buster Keaton is played at 35:18.

    • 52 min

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A Compendium of The Brilliant and the Unfortunately Ignored

This podcast is a time machine that can take you across many decades to a convention of brilliant minds whose voices we should have listened to. Whether it’s John Wicklein warning us about the loss of privacy discussing his book “The Electronic Nightmare” in the early 80s, James Baldwin in 1970 telling us how so little has changed yet, even still today, or Shel Silverstein, in 1962, talking about how overly sensitive society had become and encourages us not to clap for bad art,It will only encourage more bad art There is always some nugget of wisdom that might have made the world a better place had any of us just listened. There’s also things that were best left ignored. Like Arthur C. Clark’s 1959 prediction that humans will and should soon herd whales like cattle and farm them for food to feed the growing world overpopulation

One of the other things I find really interesting is how in each decade multiple people make use of the old curse, “May you live in interesting times” as they describe a very familiar feeling of a world coming apart. I’m not sure if it should be comforting knowing there’s nothing new under the sun and people always feel like this or if because we didn’t listen to their warnings and advise that feeling is made worse by the understanding that this time the end of the world is not a drill.

Either way, we have here a second chance to save the world or some really interesting intellectual stimulation to entertain us as it finally does burn

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