Studs Terkel


Legendary Radio Broadcaster & Oral Historian

For over 50 years, Studs Terkel spent an hour each weekday on his nationally syndicated radio show interviewing the famous and the not-so-famous. With his unique style, he created portraits of everyday life in America and chronicled the changing times of the 20th century.

November 13, 2007 Legendary Radio Broadcaster and Oral Historian Studs Terkel on the Iraq War, NSA Domestic Spy Program, Mahalia Jackson, James Baldwin, the Labor Movement and His New Memoir 'Touch and Go'
We are broadcasting from Chicago, the hometown of our very special guest for the hour—broadcaster, author, social historian, American legend, Studs Terkel. Today, at the age of 95, Terkel is still speaking out. Two weeks ago, he wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times criticizing the Bush administration’s warrantless spy. And he has just come out with his long-awaited memoir. It’s called “Touch and Go.” Studs Terkel joins us for the hour.

May 16, 2007 Studs Terkel At 95: 'Ordinary People Are Capable of Doing Extraordinary Things, and That’s What It’s All About. They Must Count!'
Celebrations and tributes are taking place across the country to mark the 95th birthday of Studs Terkel, the legendary radio broadcaster, oral historian and author. The Chicago History Museum is hosting a party today in honor of Studs and a skywriter will fly over the city to spell out happy birthday wishes. WFMT–the local station Studs long called his radio home and where he is known as the “resident free spirit”–will devote the entire day’s programming to him. Studs Terkel joins us from a studio in Chicago for a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his work and his thoughts on the past century.

October 05, 2005 Legendary Broadcaster and Author Studs Terkel on President Bush, Mahalia Jackson, James Baldwin, Louis Armstrong, the Rebuilding of New Orleans and What Gives Him Hope
e’s one of the great social historians of our time. He prefers to call himself a “guerrilla journalist with a tape recorder.” We’re talking about legendary radio broadcaster and author, Studs Terkel.

November 04, 2003 Hope Dies Last–An Hour with Legendary Broadcaster and Author Studs Terkel
Studs Terkel, 91, has worked as an activist, a civil servant, a labor organizer, an ad writer, a television actor, and a radio DJ, among many other occupations. But since the 1960s, he’s been particularly well-known as a world-class interviewer, a writer and radio personality who draws celebrities and, far more often, average citizens into sharing their oral histories.