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Stud's Birthday on "A Prairie Home Companion"
May 16, 1998

Dusty and Lefty meet Kid Studs
Nov. 29, 1998

Studs Terkel Reads Frost and Yeats
Feb. 2, 1998

Cooking With Studs, Part One
Feb. 2, 1998

Cooking With Studs, Part Two
May 16, 1998

Celebrated on A Prairie Home Companion
May 16, 1998

Studs Terkel calls himself a "disc jockey," a reference to his role as host of the Peabody Award-winning talk show, The Studs Terkel Program, heard for 45 years in Chicago on WFMT. On New Year's Day, Terkel aired his last regularly scheduled radio show. He'll spend the next two years working on the Studs Terkel-WFMT Archive, which will become a Chicago Historical Society collection of 7,000 hours of interviews.

Before starting with WFMT in 1953, Terkel had starred in Studs' Place, one of the programs that created the Chicago school of television. The show began airing in 1950, the year that Joseph McCarthy began claiming that he had a list of Communist Party members in the U.S. State Department. The popularity of Studs' Place couldn't keep it on the air: the program was dropped by NBC when Terkel wouldn't reverse his "pro-Communist" positions in favor of price and rent controls and against the poll tax and Jim Crow laws.

By the mid-'60s, Terkel's interviews on WFMT began to be noticed outside of Chicago. In 1965, his first oral history was published, Division Street: America, about class differences in Chicago. Terkel calls his writing "bottom-up history ... [interviews with] ordinary people who have something real to say about themselves." To compile each of his books, Terkel meets with hundreds of these "ordinary people" and then sifts through the hours upon hours of resulting tape until the interviews are distilled down to bare truth.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1985 book The Good War, the story of World War II told through soldiers and civilians on both sides. A year ago this month, Terkel was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Terkel's latest book is My American Century (New Press), the best of his tapes/social chronicles. In November 1997, the National Book Foundation gave Terkel a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The award is given to an individual who has enriched the nation's literary heritage through a lifetime of work.

Past Episodes of A Prairie Home Companion Featuring Studs Terkel

Live from Medinah Temple,
Chicago, IL - Nov. 29, 1998

Live from The Fitzgerald Theater,
St. Paul, MN - Feb. 7, 1998

Live from The Fitzgerald Theater,
St. Paul, MN - May 16, 1998


Studs Makes a Wish
(3.8 meg quicktime file. For help playing this file, click here)

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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