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  • 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

  • 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

  • Studs’ Place: Teen Job

    Studs’ Place: Teen Job

    “Teen Job,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” shows a tension between young, newly-hired Johnny and his mother, Marie. Marie wants only what’s best for her son, and in this amounts to Johnny spending his vacation in relaxation. Marie confronts Studs and asks him to fire Johnny so he won’t buy a hot rod and, potentially, put himself in danger. Studs conceded, but soon they find out what sort of intentions Johnny actually has. Also featuring musical performances by Chet and Win. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Policemen’s Ball

    Studs’ Place: Policemen’s Ball

    “Policemen’s Ball,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” has Win disappointed when his romantic plans with Grace are (seemingly) foiled by her interest in a mysterious gentleman caller. The episode also features a musical number by Chet and Win. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Piggy Bank

    Studs’ Place: Piggy Bank

    “Piggy Bank,” and episode of “Studs’ Place,” features Chet, Win, and Studs trying to convince Grace to smash open her piggy bank. Features songs from Chet and Win, and ends with a solicitation for the Red Cross’s relief effort for victims of the Great Flood of 1951. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Card Shark

    Studs’ Place: Card Shark

    “Card Shark,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” features Studs and Chet trying to beat a card shark at his own game. They plan to expose the alleged traveling salesman as a hustler in order to protect the community. Their plan backfires after they jump to conclusions. Also featuring a song from Win Stracke. Continue reading

  • Studs’ Place: Bowling

    Studs’ Place: Bowling

    “Bowling,” an episode of “Studs’ Place,” has Studs, Chet, and Willie trying to tell Win that he’s been kicked off their bowling team. All the while, Studs has to get himself out of an obligation with his wife to go to a dance. Studs finds an ingenious way to restore Win’s hurt feelings and go to the dance, but his plan backfires on him. The episode also features a musical performance by Win. Continue reading