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  • Studs on Haymarket: “Those four guys were hanged for you!”

    Studs on Haymarket: “Those four guys were hanged for you!”

    Today we honor the 130th anniversary of the Haymarket Affair, an important moment in labor history andĀ the origin event to May Day, orĀ International Workers’ Day. This event celebrated annually around the world actually has its roots in Chicago. Starting May 1, 1886, labor unions across the United States began a general strike in support of the 8-hour workday. On May 3, police in Chicago shot into a crowd and killed several workers striking at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Plant. … 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

  • Chicago Politics: A Theatre Of Power

    Chicago Politics: A Theatre Of Power

    Collection of revealing scenes of various Chicago politicians. The film focuses mainly on mayors and mayoral candidates of the 1980s including Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Edward “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak, and Thomas Hynes. In true Chicago style, the looming presence of long-time, now late, mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley makes an appearance. Includes some invaluable footage, especially of when Harold Washington’s many speeches. Particularly revealing are scenes of racial upheaval during the time surrounding Harold Washington’s election and mayorship. Continue reading

  • Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    Studs Terkel: The Birth of the Old Town School of Folk Music

    In this 2004 video, Chicago’s one-and-only Studs Terkel talks about the early years of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and his involvement in that history through his friend of many years, Win Stracke, one of the founders of the school. He also discusses the personal and political power of song, Big Bill Broonzy, The Weavers, and much more. Interview by Mark Dvorak, camera and editing by Bob Medich. Continue reading

  • Studs Terkel at Facets, 3/19/06

    Studs Terkel at Facets, 3/19/06

    Film critic Michael Wilmington interviews Studs Terkel at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago as part of a screening of John Ford’s 1940 “Grapes of Wrath,” an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s book of the same name. Continue reading

  • Raising and lowering Chicago’s bridges

    Raising and lowering Chicago’s bridges

    For many of us, Chicago’s bridges are just an everyday part of life, rarely considered outside those unfortunate and annoying moments when we find ourselves waiting for a bridge to lift to let boats pass. It becomes so easy to forget how impressive these bridges are, not only as amazing pieces of complex engineering, but also as a defining part of what makes Chicago unique. Chicago is reputed to have more movable bridges than any other city in the world, … Continue reading

  • [Studs Terkel interviews Buster Keaton]

    [Studs Terkel interviews Buster Keaton]

    This is an interview of the silent movie star, Buster Keaton, by Studs Terkel. They talk about many different parts of Keaton’s career, the movie industry, how it’s changed, and the context behind gags. Continue reading

  • [Interview with Studs Terkel]

    [Interview with Studs Terkel]

    00:00 Camera starts rolling in mid sentence as an interview with Studs Terkel begins. He says he met the poet Nelson Algren years ago shortly after world war two, maybe 1945. We were both on the Illinois writer’s project. He was adapting material for radio, ABC, a series called Author’s Playhouse, adaptation of books. Terkel was adapting one of Algren’s books for radio, A Bottle of Milk for Mother about a mugging and killing. 02:02 Terkel says he did another … Continue reading