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Kathleen O'Connell

The Studs Terkel Radio Archive - Dance Interviews

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For 45 years, writer and broadcaster Studs Terkel hosted a daily radio program on WFMT Chicago and seems to have interviewed just about everyone who was anybody worth talking to. (Not to mention a number of people few prominent radio hosts might have thought to talk to, such as a hotel porter, a cleaning woman, and a cowboy.) WFMT has begun the process of making its vast archive of Terkel interviews available online, and to date has posted over 1200 of them.

It turns out that quite a few feature dancers and choreographers, including Igor Youskevitch (1959), Flemming Flindt (1968), and Merce Cunningham (1971). (Alas, not all of the interviews have been digitized yet, including those with Anna Sokolow, Gerald Arpino, Ruth Page, and Danil Nagrin.) 

To give you a sense of how extensive the archive is in terms of subject matter, here's the list of headline topics. I'm heading down the rabbit hole; if I'm not back in a week, send a search party.

African-American History and Culture
110 RECORDINGS

Anthropology & Sociology
79 RECORDINGS

Architecture, Design, Urban Planning
40 RECORDINGS

Chicago
180 RECORDINGS

Childhood & Youth
75 RECORDINGS

Civil Rights
94 RECORDINGS

Cold War
13 RECORDINGS

Comedy, Satire
54 RECORDINGS

Community Activism & Social Reform
115 RECORDINGS

Dance
13 RECORDINGS

Education
136 RECORDINGS

Elderly & Elderly Care
9 RECORDINGS

Environment, Ecology
43 RECORDINGS

Feminism, Women, Women's Studies
81 RECORDINGS

Film
130 RECORDINGS

Great Depression
48 RECORDINGS

Healthcare, Medicine, Mental Health
109 RECORDINGS

Journalism & Broadcasting
191 RECORDINGS

LGBTQ Culture & Rights
9 RECORDINGS

Latino Culture & History
29 RECORDINGS

Law, Crime, Prison
79 RECORDINGS

Literature
170 RECORDINGS

Multidisciplinary Arts
26 RECORDINGS

Music - Blues & Gospel
42 RECORDINGS

Music - Classical Music & Opera
163 RECORDINGS

Music - Experimental Music
22 RECORDINGS

Music - Folk Music
78 RECORDINGS

Music - Jazz
107 RECORDINGS

Music - Other
25 RECORDINGS

Music - Religious Music
16 RECORDINGS

Music - Rock & Pop
22 RECORDINGS

Music - World Music
48 RECORDINGS

Music
384 RECORDINGS

Myths, Stories, Storytelling
22 RECORDINGS

Native American History & Culture
16 RECORDINGS

Pacifists, Peace Activists & Anti-Bomb Activism
43 RECORDINGS

Philosophy
29 RECORDINGS

Poetry
67 RECORDINGS

Race Relations
122 RECORDINGS

Science & Science Writers
52 RECORDINGS

Sports and Sports Writers
20 RECORDINGS

Technology
30 RECORDINGS

Television
38 RECORDINGS

Theater
171 RECORDINGS

Theology, Religion, Religious Organizations
76 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - China
9 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - Denmark
7 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - France
30 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - General
31 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - Germany
27 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - Italy
11 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - Russia
17 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - South Africa
25 RECORDINGS

Travel & Culture - United Kingdom
74 RECORDINGS

Urban Life
91 RECORDINGS

Vietnam War
46 RECORDINGS

Visual Arts
55 RECORDINGS

Working, Labor, Economy
129 RECORDINGS

World War II
46 RECORDINGS
 

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Thank you so much for sharing this, Kathleen! I've only encountered Terkel through reading his book Working, though I knew he'd been a broadcaster as well. I really look forward to listening around in the archive.

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I'm a big fan of Terkel, but didn't realize he'd spoken to so many dancers.  Thank you so much for doing the homework, and pointing us in the direction!

 

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Thank you , KO'D - I've been meaning to go back and read his book, Working, but maybe now I should just listen to the archive.  ;)

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