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.
Over the decades, Studs Terkel has penned more than a dozen books and - at the age of 95 - he is still going. His long-awaited memoir, titled "Touch and Go," is due to be published in November.
He has also won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American letters, the George Polk Career Award and the presidential National Humanities Medal. He hosted a daily radio show on WFMT in Chicago from 1952 through 1997.
Today we spend the hour with Studs Terkel. He joins us from a studio in Chicago for a wide-ranging conversation about his life, his work and his thoughts on the past century. I began by asking him what it feels like to turn 95.Listen to Segment || Download Show mp3 Watch 128k stream Watch 256k stream Read Transcript Help Printer-friendly version Email to a friend Purchase Video/CD
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