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  • The blizzard that buried Bilandic

    The blizzard that buried Bilandic

    While the East Coast finishes digging its way out of the massive snowstorm that hit this weekend, let’s take a look back at one of the most infamous blizzards in Chicago history, which buried the city—and Mayor Bilandic’s hopes for re-election—in 1979. With 21 inches of snowfall over a two day period, it was the second largest snowstorm in Chicago in history at the time. Today, the storm is best-known for being poorly handled by then-Mayor Michael Bilandic, who failed … Continue reading

  • Remembering the life and death of Dr. King

    Remembering the life and death of Dr. King

    Today is the birthday of beloved civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His many and great accomplishments in the struggle for equality during the ’50s and ’60s live on in his inspirational words, which continue to guide the practices of nonviolent activism today. His assassination in 1968 was a shocking blow to all those who fought and continue to fight for civil rights in this country and abroad. In this video from the archive, Studs Terkel talks with … Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Shakespeare

    Studs’ Place: Shakespeare

    “Shakespeare,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” revolves around an old theatre actor named Mr. Lord who is planning to have dinner with an ex-pupil at the restaurant. The ex-pupil, David Frome, is now a famous movie actor, and is now too important to see his old mentor. Meanwhile Nancy, a high school student with dreams of becoming an actress, hopes to meet Frome, but is disheartened by his disregard for others, and ends up connecting with Lord instead. Also features musical performances by Chet and Win. Continue reading

  • “Thanksgiving, 1933. That was the year that devil’s brew touched my lips.” —Studs Terkel

    “Thanksgiving, 1933. That was the year that devil’s brew touched my lips.” —Studs Terkel

    This Thanksgiving, we’re sharing with you a classic from the archive. In this video from 1990, Studs Terkel recalls the end of prohibition and his first taste of alcohol when his mother, the operator of a men’s hotel at Wells and Grand, shared a bottle of whiskey with the patrons to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We have the world’s largest collection of videos featuring Studs Terkel, and you can watch them all for free on our website.

  • Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Love Wins: Studs Terkel celebrates a remarkable family

    Today, nation-wide marriage equality was achieved through a historic decision by the US Supreme Court. The ruling is the culmination of decades of activism, and is an important moment for human rights, especially for the couples and families directly affected all across the country. In celebration, we’d like to share this video of Studs telling the story of two women who fell in love under almost unbelievable circumstances.

  • Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    Sharing a hot dog with Tony Fitzpatrick: “You can tell a real pervert when they put ketchup on a hot dog!”

    There are few things as Chicago as the Chicago-style hot dog, and now that Memorial Day weekend is on its way, Chicagoans are going to be eating a whole lot more of the distinctive menu item. Everyone has a favorite spot, and in this video from sometime around 1990, multimedia artist and character extraordinaire Tony Fitzpatrick takes us downtown to show us his favorite Chicago hot dog joint. Joined by his friend Marcus Casa Madrid and videomaker Joe Angio, Fitzpatrick … Continue reading

  • Studs on May Day: “These four guys were hanged for you!”

    Studs on May Day: “These four guys were hanged for you!”

    May Day likely originated as a pagan celebration of spring, but it’s probably better known today as International Workers’ Day. Although not officially recognized by the US government, which favors a Labor Day in September, May Day’s labor connotations actually have their roots in Chicago’s history, as Studs explains in this video. May Day was officially selected as International Workers’ Day in 1889 by the Second International, an organization of socialist and labor parties in Paris, in memory of Chicago’s … Continue reading

  • Sunday, April 5th at 3pm: When Harold Washington Beat the Machine

    As we approach the April 7th run-off election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger “Chuy” Garcia, join us and our partners at Heartland Cafe for a look at another mayoral election, more than thirty years ago: Harold Washington’s improbable election to become the first African American mayor of Chicago.On April 5th, there will be a new screening of some of the films originally organized by South Side Projections in memory of Mayor Washington. We’ll once again be there with Bill … Continue reading