The Studs Terkel Program
Studs’ WFMT radio program in Chicago enabled him to explore civic interests and the arts, and to make important connections between the past, the present, and the future.

Division Street: America
Division Street: America is Studs Terkel’s look at twentieth century urban life in and around Chicago.

Hard Times

Terkel interviewed hundreds of people across the United States for his book on the Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1973, he selected several interviews that were included in his book to be broadcast in eleven parts on the Studs Terkel Program on WFMT radio (Chicago, IL). This gallery includes the interviews in those programs.

Terkel questions people about their recollections of employment problems, the crash of 1929, organized labor issues, “farm holidays” where crops were destroyed, and U.S. President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

The Good War
In The Good War Terkel presents the good, the bad, and the ugly memories of World War II from a perspective of forty years of after the events.

For this book Terkel interviewed a cross-section of Americans about their views on race. Though many interviews center in Chicago, people discuss experiences growing up in various locations, their migration experiences from the southern United States, and how they understood racial changes at different points in their lives.

Talking to Myself
In Talking to Myself, Studs Terkel revels in life. He has, since graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1934, been a civil service employee, stage, radio, and movie actor, playwright, jazz columnist, disc jockey, panel moderator, lecturer, film narrator, music festival host, radio news commentator and sportscaster, network personality ("Studs' Place," "The Great American Dream Machine") and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. For more than 40 years he was heard on Chicago's fine arts radio station WFMT; where each morning he hosted "The Studs Terkel Show."

Greatest Hits
A collection of Studs Terkel's most memorable recordings selected by the author.

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