WBEZ | Studs Terkel http://www.wbez.org/tags/studs-terkel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Studs Terkel's assistant remembers him fondly http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/studs-terkels-assistant-remembers-him-fondly-111050 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/scorpsss.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&ldquo;The first time I met him (Studs Terkel) was right after I got to Chicago,&rdquo; Sydney Lewis says in this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps. &ldquo;I was waitressing at a nightclub and Studs was in my section. And it was very busy. It was very crowded and I was trying to get a drink order. And he started asking me questions: Where was I from? How long had I been in Chicago? What did I think of Chicago? And finally I said to him, &lsquo;Mr. Terkel, I read <em>Working</em>. And I loved <em>Working</em>. But I AM WORKING! What do you want to drink?&rsquo; So that was our first interaction and that sort of defines our relationship over the years.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I had that first meeting with him and then I went applying for a job at WFMT and eventually I ended up becoming the program department administrative assistant,&rdquo; she says.&nbsp;</p><p>And over the next 25 years, Lewis got to know Studs and his wife Ida very well.</p><p>Lewis admits to feeling a little lost without him. She looked to Studs to explain the world to her, like a lot of people in Chicago, she says. She relied on him for that because he cut to the human issues involved each and every time.</p><p>&ldquo;When anything&rsquo;s happening on the news, I just long to know what he would say,&rdquo; Lewis says.</p><p>&ldquo;You could hear him coming down the hallway,&rdquo; she recalls of their days together at WFMT. &ldquo;He was always talking. He never shut up. I used to tease him and go, &lsquo;How do you get good interviews?&rsquo; Because I mean, logorrhea, he just would go on and on and on. Raving about some horrible political decision or some war somewhere or joblessness or poverty. Or very excited because he had a guest coming in and he was looking forward to talking to them.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;I always felt like he had kind of a three-tiered mind: One part of it was talking to you, one part of it was working on the program or a book or whatever he was working on. And another part of it was looking at the whole world.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;I jokingly describe myself as his nanny, but that was somewhat my role. I would know who he would want to hear from. And what kind of authors were not up his alley&hellip;So I was good at filtering for him. And grabbing the mail, coffee for the guests.&quot;</p><p>&ldquo;But you know there&rsquo;s the immensity of what he brought and there&rsquo;s the human being&hellip;He needed to be reminded that he wasn&rsquo;t the only person on the planet sometimes.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We would fight, I would yell at him sometimes. The worst time was when I was quitting smoking and I was really irritable.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;He had this habit. He&rsquo;d come down the hallway. Everyday he&rsquo;d say,&lsquo;Whaddya hear? Whaddya say, kid?&rsquo; You know where that&rsquo;s from?&rsquo; I&rsquo;d say, &lsquo;Jimmy Cagney!&rsquo; &lsquo;Yeah!&rsquo; You know, 325 days a year this would happen. It was his little ritual. And I was really grumpy when I quit smoking. My colleague Lois could see him. He would approach. And I was in a little alcove. And he would peer around it to see what kind of mood I was in. And at one point he went to Lois and said, &lsquo;What happened to her?&rsquo; And Lois said, &lsquo;Oh she&rsquo;s just quitting smoking.&rsquo; And he went, &lsquo;Ohhh! OK!&rsquo; He was used to me playing with him. We were very playful together.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;After his heart surgery&hellip;.This was probably the first heart surgery, so Ida was still alive. The doctor comes out. Looking like hell. He&rsquo;s really tired and he&rsquo;s just, &lsquo;Man, they don&rsquo;t make &lsquo;em like that anymore.&rsquo; When Ida and I came down to see him, he was sitting up in a chair, having a little soup. He thought one of the monitors was a TV screen. So he&rsquo;s saying, &lsquo;Can we get the ball game on? Can we get the ball game on?&rsquo; He offers me soup, &lsquo;Would you like a little soup?&rsquo; I&rsquo;m like, &lsquo;No that&rsquo;s OK. You need the soup.&rsquo; And just to tease him I leaned forward and said, &lsquo;Who&rsquo;s the president?&rsquo; And he looked up and he went, &lsquo;Taft?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;So here&rsquo;s a guy after like eight hours of open heart surgery and he&rsquo;s offering to share food with you, wanting to see the ball game and making jokes.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Yeah, like the doctor said, &lsquo;They don&rsquo;t make &lsquo;em like that anymore.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6250422&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="888px"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/studs-terkels-assistant-remembers-him-fondly-111050 Morning Shift: Filmmakers get to work remembering Studs Terkel http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-05-09/morning-shift-filmmakers-get-work-remembering-studs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Studs cover Flickr jimprovost.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk to Chicago film directors Haskell Wexler and Andy Davis who are part of a three day event celebrating Studs Terkel. Also, more music from the ongoing Israeli Jazz and World Music Fest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-filmmakers-remember-studs-terkel/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-filmmakers-remember-studs-terkel.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-filmmakers-remember-studs-terkel" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Filmmakers get to work remembering Studs Terkel" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 08:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-05-09/morning-shift-filmmakers-get-work-remembering-studs Is longevity overrated? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/longevity-can-be-overrated-104023 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_janwillemsen.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 620px;" title="Dinner party celebration on Ikaria (Flickr/ janwillemsen)" /></p><p>A recent <em>New York Times Magazine</em> article celebrated the long lives of the inhabitants of Ikaria, a Greek island 30 miles off the western coast of Turkey. According writer Dan Buettner, Ikarians regularly live healthy, active, productive lives well into their 90s. Ikarians reach the age of 90 at two and a half times the rate that Americans do. Moreover, it is an ordinary thing to see individuals living vitally to a 100 years of age. As one islander put it, &ldquo;We just forget to die!&rdquo;</p><p>There is no one reason why so many Ikarians live to ripe-old-age, according to Buettner, but there are a whole series of factors that clearly have an impact on local longevity. Besides perfect weather and a pure water source, the island&#39;s chief assets are its isolation and dietary habits. According to Dr. Leriadis, an island physician, people on Ikaria don&rsquo;t live by a clock. They stay up late, wake up late, and always take naps. And, the basic Ikarian diet is made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, coffee and wine. Add to all of this a constant sea breeze that keeps the island free of air pollution and one has a natural recipe for longevity.</p><p>For me, the thought of living to the age of 100-plus is both a fascinating and frightening concept. Longevity is important, but&hellip; and the &ldquo;but&rdquo; here is really complicated. But, what will I do? But, will I be healthy? But, will I be able to live a relatively normal life? But, will I still have friends? But, what about my family? But, won&rsquo;t I be a burden and a nuisance to everyone? But, won&rsquo;t I outlive my retirement money?</p><p>I do not think that the goal of life and the only objective of medical science is longevity. Living longer without a purpose to live for seems somehow cruel to me. But perhaps I&rsquo;m being too small minded; Studs Terkel once told me that the best part of living a long life is that you may get a chance to use some of your experience and accumulated wisdom to help somebody else. Also, he said, with a bit of a twinkle in his eyes, if you&rsquo;re lucky enough to keep your health, you get to dance more, sing more and laugh more with others! Wise words indeed, from a guy who matched the longevity of those aged Greeks on the isle of Ikaria &mdash;&nbsp;Studs was 94 when he died.</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/longevity-can-be-overrated-104023 Studs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/studs-103757 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/studs%20resize.jpg" style="float: right; width: 425px; height: 425px;" title="" /></div><p>It is 2002. Studs&nbsp;Terkel&#39;s&nbsp;hearing is shot. I am sitting with him in Stefani&#39;s 437, a restaurant at Hubbard and Rush streets, a place more familiar to Studs as Riccardo&#39;s; and for the last four hours we have been talking at such increasingly loud volume that a departing diner feels compelled to say, as he passes our booth, &quot;What are you guys, deaf?&quot; to which Studs replies, &quot;What did that guy say? . . .Well, anyway, right after the war, World War II, Ric&nbsp;Riccardo&nbsp;opened this place for three straight days, noon to midnight. Everything was free--chicken, steak, booze--and everybody was here. I sat over there, where the booths used to be, near the window. . . . What a wonderful time that was. And then your dad, your dad and I were here one night and we were sitting with. . . &quot;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Now, your dad was . . . He&#39;s in the book, the book <em>The Good War</em>, and he&#39;s got one of the best lines. Now this building was owned by Wrigley and I&#39;ll . . . I&#39;ll tell you about that later. Ric Riccardo, a very romantic figure. He could be the guy in <em>South Pacific</em> who Mary Martin falls for.&quot;</p><p>Then Studs stops talking for a few seconds to take a bite of his chicken Caesar salad&mdash;and a man listening says, &quot;Who the hell is that guy?&quot;</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s Mr.&nbsp;Terkel,&quot; says the maitre d&#39;.&nbsp;</p><p>To most of Chicago, and much of the nation, he was just Studs:&nbsp;actor, writer, activist, radio host, symbol of Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>Studs was famous around here for so long that people took him for granted, like he was some sort of landmark.</p><p>That long ago night, Studs takes the bus home (he doesn&rsquo;t drive, never has) and I walk, thinking about my father. He was dead but had he lived, he would have been about as old as Studs was, then 90.</p><p>Later that night I find in some old papers a review my father wrote of Studs&#39; <em>Talking to Myself</em>. it appeared in the April 9-10, 1977, issue of the panorama section of the bygone <em>Daily News</em>. He calls the book &quot;extraordinary&quot; and &quot;remarkable.&quot;&nbsp;<br />But I am looking for something more personal, observations that echo through all the years. I find them in the fourth and fifth paragraphs.&nbsp;</p><p>My dad wrote: &quot;Here, sure enough, is the real Studs, the genuine article, as vibrant in print as he is in life:&nbsp;exhilarating, amazingly observant, inquisitive, deflater of the pompous and the powerful and uplifter of the gifted and the oppressed, at times disputatious and at times shying away from confrontations, superbly talented as performer and narrator and interviewer, asking questions of everyone&mdash;and of himself--and evoking revealing answers, rarely lingering over woes that may have befallen him but ardent in his ire about injustices heaped on others, spirited, buoyant and acutely aware of comic and ridiculous aspects of our existence, and incessantly bursting with excitement and exuberance.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>That may not be the definitive word, but it&#39;ll do.</p></p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/studs-103757 Studs Terkel's Race interviews: Where are they now? Joseph Lattimore http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-joseph-lattimore-100073 <p><p><em>Each week this summer we&rsquo;re profiling a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history, </em>Race<em>. Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series </em>Race: Out Loud<em>, we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at <a href="../../raceoutloud">WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</a>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JOSEPH%20LATTIMORE%20portrait%20by%20Shawn%20Allee%20650x433.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee)" /></div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><p>Joseph Lattimore was a 50-year-old insurance broker&nbsp;when he spoke with Studs for the book, <em>Race</em>.&nbsp; Today, Lattimore is retired and&nbsp;lives on the Southeast Side of Chicago.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20introduces%20self%20and%20coming%20to%20Chi.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore grew up in Mississippi and went to a prestigious black boarding school called Piney Woods, where his mother taught. He described to Studs an experience he had there when he was four or&nbsp;five years old.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20tells%20teacher%20mom%20doesnt%20like%20whi.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>Studs&#39; first encounter with Joe Lattimore was when Studs was a guest on&nbsp;a black radio station and Lattimore called in. Here he describes some of what he and Studs talked about on that show.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-2" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20wouldnt%20it%20make%20you%20crazy.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore is outspoken and funny. But he also has a keen sense of history. Here he talks about&nbsp;what&#39;s gotten&nbsp;better and what&#39;s gotten worse since he spoke with Studs twenty years ago.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20whats%20gotten%20better%20and%20whats%20got.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>And here he describes his experiences in Marquette Park on the day Dr. Martin Luther King marched for open housing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-4" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20what%20Marquette%20Park%20taught%20him.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>Lattimore makes frequent analogies. Here he compares&nbsp;the black experience&nbsp;to&nbsp;something you might see out on Lake Michigan.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1339632924-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JL%20its%20like%20Lake%20Michigan.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio">&nbsp;</div><p>The audio of Lattimore&#39;s original interview with Studs can be found <a href="http://www.historicalvoices.org/~studs/race.php">here</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Be sure to check the <em>Race: Out Loud </em>homepage next week, when we&#39;ll feature Salim Muwakkil, a journalist and senior editor at <em>In These Times</em> as well as a radio host.</p><p><em>**Robert Wildeboer contributed to this report.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-joseph-lattimore-100073 Studs Terkel's Race interviews: Where are they now? http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488 <p><p><em>For the next two months, each Wednesday we&rsquo;ll profile a character from Studs Terkel&rsquo;s 1992 oral history,</em> Race. <em>Twenty years after Studs&rsquo; book was published, we want to see how these characters&#39; thoughts and feelings on race have changed&hellip;or not changed.</em></p><p><em>As part of our series &ldquo;Race: Out Loud,&rdquo; we&rsquo;re asking people to read &ndash; or re-read &ndash; Studs&rsquo; book and to speak up about what feelings the book stirs up in them. We invite you to follow along and to join the discussion at <a href="http://www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud">www.WBEZ.org/raceoutloud</a>.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Dr%20Marvin%20Jackson%202012%20by%20Shawn%20Allee.jpg" title="(Shawn Allee/WBEZ)" /></div><p>Dr. Marvin Jackson, 47, is in <em>Race</em> under the pseudonym William Freeman. When Studs interviewed him for the book, Jackson was 24 years old and a second-year medical school student at UCLA.</p><p>In 1990, they spoke of the significance of the music group <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PaoLy7PHwk">Public Enemy</a> and the Spike Lee movie, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT2al2t2jnU">&ldquo;Do the Right Thing.&rdquo;</a></p><p>Today Dr. Jackson lives in the Lakeview neighborhood and works as a flight surgeon for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is responsible for ensuring that air traffic controllers in the Great Lakes region are fit to perform their duties.</p><p>When he spoke with Studs for the book, Jackson described his experiences as a black student at majority-white schools like St. Ignatius College Prep and Stanford University.</p><p>He told Studs, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a struggle at a white school because you feel every day you&rsquo;re in an environment not geared toward your success. It would not be uncommon that I&rsquo;d be the only black student in the class. You can tell among your white colleagues that they don&rsquo;t really respect black students a great deal. You can see it in their eyes.&rdquo;</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s relationship with Terkel began in utero. His grandmother, Lucille Dickerson (aka Lucy Jefferson) met Studs in 1964, when she was protesting the expansion of UIC into Little Italy. Studs interviewed her as well as Jackson&rsquo;s mom, who was pregnant with him at the time.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%201.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>(Jackson&rsquo;s uncle Julian Marvin Dickerson is also included in <em>Race</em>.)</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s grandma helped raise him and, he says, exposed him to great works of art and literature. He told Studs, &ldquo;She read more than any person I&rsquo;ve ever known. She only had a grade school education but she had a book or newspaper or magazine in her hands constantly.&rdquo;</p><p>One thing his grandmother constantly talked about was the progression of her life from a small town in Mississippi to the war years and how black people moved to large urban areas like Chicago in order to make more money.</p><p>&ldquo;She had to carry history with her and correct history, and release me from the burden,&rdquo; Jackson told Studs of his grandmother.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%203.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>Jackson&rsquo;s family did not have much money but his mom, uncle and grandma made big sacrifices to pay for him to attend private Catholic schools. They felt that public schools didn&rsquo;t enable black kids to succeed.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337821154-6" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/MARVIN%202_0.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>At St. Ignatius &ndash; a prestigious Jesuit high school on the Near West Side [Full disclosure: I also attended St. Ignatius] &ndash; Jackson got his first exposure to the double standard he felt many black students faced.</p><p>In his connection with white society, he didn&rsquo;t feel threatened but instead was taught that you never knew who was working with you and who was working against you. He believed that &ldquo;White friends may indeed be white friends but for how long and in what circumstances?&rdquo;</p><p>He talked of always being on guard, and always being tested to see if he was as smart or as capable as his white peers. These were hurdles he believes white students did not have to have meet. These feelings still plague him today in his work as a doctor.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1337807243-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Marvin%20Jackson4.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Jackson&rsquo;s grandma, Lucille Dickerson, died in 1984. Next Wednesday we&rsquo;ll talk with Jackson&rsquo;s mother, Carol Jackson, who is in <em>Race</em> under the pseudonym Carol Freeman.</p><p><em>**Rob Wildeboer contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud/studs-terkels-race-interviews-where-are-they-now-99488 Daily Rehearsal: Steppenwolf joins in on the Studs Terkel celebration http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. As usual, it's the Brian Babylon</strong></span></span> fan club over here. Check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/vocalos-brian-babylon-winning-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-being-black-comic">this interview</a> with him and Mark Bazer at <em>The Interview Show</em> a few weeks back.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/301872_300463583359205_284798858259011_724378_1428933791_n.jpg" style="float: left; " title=""><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;Steppenwolf is hosting a staged reading</strong></span></span> of&nbsp;<em>Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith </em>on May 21 with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/StudsTerkel100">Studs Terkel Centenary Committee</a> to celebrate Terkel's 100th birthday. It's free, but get a ticket starting May 1 by waiting in line or calling 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf ensemble members&nbsp;Ian Barford, Robert Breuler, Ora Jones, Martha Lavey,&nbsp;Alan Wilder,&nbsp;Anthony Fleming III, Justin Hayford, Rick Kogan, L. J. Slavin, Mary Ann Thebus, Guy Van Swearingen, Andrew White&nbsp;and Dennis Zacek. Vocalists TBA.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. <a href="http://www.shatteredglobe.org">Shattered Globe</a> redesigned their website</strong></span></span>.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. National Dance week ends Sunday,</strong></span></span> but you can squeak in a viewing of <a href="http://www.inasidechicagodance.org/">InASdE Chicago Dance</a> debuting three world premieres in their <em>Inaside Chicago Dance Project</em> at the Athenaeum on Saturday night.</p><p><span style="text-align: left; font-size: 14px; "><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Oh man here's <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html">a portion of Hedy Weiss</a></strong></span></span><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/12131948-421/a-critics-look-at-1990s-iceman-cometh.html" style="text-align: left; ">' 1990 review</a><span style="text-align: left; "> of the last time Bob Falls directed </span><em style="text-align: left; ">The Iceman Cometh</em><span style="text-align: left; "> at the Goodman, when Brian Dennehy was in a </span><em style="text-align: left; ">slightly </em><span style="text-align: left; ">different (ie lesser) role.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-steppenwolf-joins-studs-terkel-celebration-98581 Studs Terkel surveys America as a once 'impregnable fortress' after 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-07/studs-terkel-surveys-americas-once-impregnable-fortress-soon-after-911-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-07/4749584480_84c2c801aa_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> looked back at the tragedies that occured on September 11, 2001, and the country's progress since that fateful day. A few days after planes hit the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/richard-steele" target="_blank">Richard Steele </a>sat down with then<span style="font-style: italic;">-</span><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>special contributor, <a href="http://www.studsterkel.org/" target="_blank">Studs Terkel</a>. The late author, activist and oral historian began by sharing his first reaction when he heard the news and saw the images.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-07/studs-terkel-surveys-americas-once-impregnable-fortress-soon-after-911-9 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/27 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-427-85740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="300" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-27/Tracy Letts and Amy Morton.jpg" title="Tracy Letts &amp; Amy Morton (Michael Brosilow)" width="426"></p><p>1.&nbsp;Steppenwolf's&nbsp;<em>Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/whos-afraid-of-virginia-wolf-returning-to-broadway/?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">is moving to Broadway</a>, a relatively surprising move, considering the show was revived on Broadway seven years ago. But it is timely; the show will open on the 50th anniversary of its original opening night. It's adding producers as well, in the form of the dream team&nbsp;Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, who also helmed&nbsp;<em>August: Orange County</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Superior Donuts</em>.&nbsp;<em>Virginia Woolf</em>'s move to New York is not a throughly surprising move however; the show has been one of the best reviewed in recent Chicago history.</p><p>2. The New Leaf's Treehouse Reading series will be performing <a href="http://newleaftheatre.org/treehouse.php"><em>How We Got On</em></a> at 7 pm tonight. The play is written by&nbsp;Idris Goodwin, and narrated by a DJ, who "samples and loops us through the lvies of three Midwestern teen rappers." Admission is free, and there should be an interesting discussion afterwards. Goodwin is currently a member ofmember of the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa.&nbsp;</p><p>3.&nbsp;The Chicago Improv Festival will be long over, but <a href="http://www.justforlaughschicago.com/">TBS's Just for Laughs Chicago</a> will create its own, less off-the-beaten track lineup from June 14 to 19. Highlights include Demetri Martin &amp; Special Guests Who Are Also Comedians And Are Friends Of His (one of whom is apparently Kristen Schaal), Joel McHale &amp; Friends and Acquantices, Louis CK &amp; Three Very Special Guests (I'm sensing a theme here...), Seth Meyers, Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation and, if it's your thing, George Lopez. So TBS is...very funny? (Clip below is from Ellen DeGeneres at Just for Laughs a few years back, and she is indeed, very funny.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="349" style="height: 349px; width: 560px;" width="560"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FESSoL-iWv8?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FESSoL-iWv8?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"></object></p><p>4. <a href="http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/shows_dyn.php?cmd=display_current&amp;display_showtag=working11"><em>Working</em> </a>is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-11/dueling-critics-studs-terkel%E2%80%99s-classic-tome-working-gets-musical-treatme#">still running</a> at the Broadway Playhouse, but will be wrapping up in June which means that if April ever ends, your opportunity to see it is slipping away. The musical is based on Studs Terkel's book&nbsp;<em><span>Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do.</span></em></p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="395" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-27/Picture.jpg" title="" width="250"></p><p>5.&nbsp;Tomorrow is the last Thursday of the month, so The Town Hall Pub will host&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laurenmaul.org/connies-corner.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">The Connie Howe Showe &amp; Open Mic</a>&nbsp;at 10 pm. Or, if you can't make the event, just subscribe to comedian&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/TheConnieHowe" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none; ">Lauren Maul's twitter</a>, because it's funnnnnny.</p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-27/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-427-85740 Chicago author Robert K. Elder featured on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-14/chicago-author-robert-k-elder-featured-nbcs-last-call-carson-daly-83 <p><p><object height="288" width="512"><param value="http://www.hulu.com/embed/GH4m3jLSQGd3uH4tg9JCcw" name="movie" /><param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /><embed height="288" width="512" allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed/GH4m3jLSQGd3uH4tg9JCcw"></embed></object></p><p>Hi, it's Steve Edwards here pinch-hitting for the vacationing Justin Kaufmann.&nbsp; As Justin laps up the sun and waves at an undiscolosed location, I've been covering his web production shifts, which keeps me up way too late most nights.&nbsp;</p><p>It also has me scouring sites for interesting Chicago tidbits - like this one featuring writer Robert K.&nbsp;Elder, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082">a recent and frequent guest as of late on WBEZ's <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></a>.</p><p>Why? Elder is a <a href="http://robelder.com/bio">former staff writer for the Chicago Tribune</a> who has been on a roll lately.&nbsp; Seriously.&nbsp; The guy leaves the Trib and in a span of about a year has not one, but three books published.&nbsp;</p><p>The first is&nbsp;<a href="http://lastwordsoftheexecuted.com/"><em>Last Words of the Executed</em></a>, an acclaimed oral history which features the collected last words and statements made by those facing capital punishment.&nbsp; And it even features a forward by our own late, legendary chronicler Studs Terkel.</p><p>Elder quickly followed <em>Last Words </em>with more words - this time from film directors.&nbsp; The result is a fascinating collection of interviews with some of today's most respected directors, including Danny Boyle, Atom Egoyan and John Woo. &nbsp;It's called <a href="http://filmchangedmylife.com/"><em>The Film That Changed My Life</em></a>.</p><p>The third book?&nbsp; You'll get a sneak peak in the video above.&nbsp;</p><p>We're still not sure why a can of Diet Coke was featured prominently in the foreground of an interview set and filmed inside of a bar - and on a show called<em> <a href="http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/">Last Call with Carson Daly</a></em>, no less - but it's a great look at a Chicago writer fascinated by how people are shaped by life experience.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-14/chicago-author-robert-k-elder-featured-nbcs-last-call-carson-daly-83