Don’t miss the final Studs Terkel Film and Video Festival event of June. We think it’s our best program yet! Come anytime throughout the day–we particularly recommend the 5:15 “Best of Studs” screening, which is a brand new compilation of unexpected Terkel footage from throughout his career that we guarantee you haven’t seen yet. We are grateful to Mike Dibb and John McGreevy for giving permission to screen their wonderful Terkel films from 1979, 1985, and 2002.

Check out Chicagoist’s lengthy review of the screening.

Full schedule below.

SUNDAY JUNE 17 from 2 – 8 pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater – Second Floor
77 E. Randolph Street., Chicago, Il


Watch the video of Tom on Chicago Live! with Rick Kogan. It was a fun night at UP Comedy Club.

Tom and Sara will be on WLUW’s “Live From the Heartland” on Saturday morning at 9am. Watch in person at the Heartland Cafe in Rogers Park, tune in to 88.7 FM, or listen online.


Cities: Studs Terkel’s Chicago (John McGreevy & Pat Ferns, CBC, 1979, 51m). Terkel tours his city, from Uptown to the stockyards to the steel mills, telling colorful anecdotes along the way
Terkel confronts school attempting to ban Working (1984, 20m). Terkel is at top form when he learns a group of parents and students is trying to get Working banned from their school curriculum. In this rare video, Terkel goes to Pennsylvania to confront his critics head on. A fascinating look at Terkel’s powers of persuasion and the popular reaction to his work.
Omnibus: Studs Terkel’s Chicago (Mike Dibb, BBC, 1985, 62m). In this BBC portrait, Terkel shows us his Chicago, from blues and jazz clubs to community organizers.
4:45PM Talkin’ With Terkel segment from the Great American Dream Machine (WNET, 1971, 16m). Terkel: “The scene will again be something of a small restaurant and tavern in Chicago. In place of my gifted colleagues at ‘Studs’ Place,’ my companions this time will be ‘ordinary’ people. Gifted and bewildered, each in his own way. Their dreams revealed, in tavern argument, will encompass fear and rage as well as, I hope, trust and worth. In a revelatory attempt, we may stumble and fall, but we’ll sure as hell try.”
The Best of Studs (1946-2009, 90m). Eclectic and rare Studs footage from several decades. From Terkel’s early television work on “Studs’ Place” and in industrials to footage of him with legendary friends like Mike Royko, Nelson Algren, and Bill Veeck, this screening will feature Studs at his best and in ways you’ve never seen him before. Not to be missed!
Discussion with members of the Terkel Centenary Committee and close friends and colleagues, including Lois Baum, Paul Durica, Tony Judge, Steve Robinson, Tom Weinberg, and others.
Studs Terkel (Mike Dibb, BBC, 2002, 30m). Filmed around the publication of “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” it contains a range of eloquent and vivid tributes from Andre Schiffrin, Sydney Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Quinn Brisben, Peggy Terry and others, as well as reflections on mortality from Studs himself; it is a film about death that is all about life.

Tonight, join us at UP Comedy Club to see Tom interviewed by the incomparable Rick Kogan on Chicago Live!

Thursday, June 7 at 7PM.
UP Comedy Club at Piper’s Alley
230 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60614
Tickets: $18

The taped show will be broadcast at 11pm Saturday night on WGN radio.

Chicago Tribune presents Chicago’s movers and shakers each week on Chicago Live!, which is recorded in front of a live studio audience at 7 p.m. Thursdays at UP Comedy Club. After each show, the audience is invited to a 30-minute reception with the cast, crew and guests.

On Thursday, June 7, the former Mrs. Huxtable, award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad joins this week’s line-up of guests to talk about her latest project as director of Goodman Theatre’s Immediate Family in an interview with Chief Theater Critic Chris Jones.

The full line-up of guests include:
– Television producer, video archivist and founder of Mediaburn.org Tom Weinberg (interview with Rick Kogan)
– Visual artist Jessica Stockholder (interview with Mark Caro)
– Electronic musicians Krewella
– Chicago Live! Almanac
– Comedy from The Second City

more info at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/chicagolive/episodes/chi-chicagolive-episode-060712,0,6470967.htmlstory

Reminder: Join us tomorrow for a very special screening of It’s a Living and Studs Terkel with Nelson Algren!

June 8, 7pm at Nightingale Theatre
Admission to the screening is free.
Nightingale Theatre is located at 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.

See our post below.

Thanks to all who joined us at the Chicago History Museum on Saturday. We had a great time celebrating Studs with you. If you are interested in revisiting any of the videos you saw or sharing them with others, most are available on our website:

10AM At Home With Studs
11AM Sterling “Red” Quinlan interview
11:30AM Interviews with Interviewers
1:30PM Richard Hunt interview
2PM Chicago Tonight 9-1-1997
2:30PM Studs on a Soapbox (video coming soon)

Join us on Friday for a very special screening of It’s a Living and Studs Terkel with Nelson Algren!

June 8, 7pm at Nightingale Theatre
Admission to the screening is free.
Nightingale Theatre is located at 1084 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.

It’s a Living (Videopolis, 1975, 60m). In 1975, a Chicago-based documentary collective collaborated with Studs Terkel in order to create a video version of Terkel’s celebrated oral history book, Working. It featured the stories of six different working people, including the gregarious parking lot attendant, Wheelin’ Lovin’ Al, and Terkel himself at his WFMT studio musing on fame, art, and of course, working. This classic work of guerrilla television is a truly special and unusual part of Terkel’s varied career.

Screening with a longtime underground favorite, Studs Terkel with Nelson Algren. Shot during the making of It’s a Living, Terkel and Algren joke about Algren’s impending move to Paterson, New Jersey. A rare opportunity to see the two legendary friends together in an unscripted and relaxed encounter. (Videopolis, 1975, 10m).

The screening will be introduced by Sara Chapman, Executive Director of the Media Burn Independent Video Archive, and Judy Hoffman, one of the creators of It’s a Living. Hoffman has worked in film and video for almost 40 years on a wide range of productions, including many with Kartemquin Films. She also lectures at the University of Chicago.

The Studs Terkel Film and Video will continue with entirely different programming on this date:
June 17 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center from 2-8pm.

free admission
1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Join us for this great free program on Saturday. There will be rare and fascinating Studs footage that you’ve never seen before playing the entire day, so come any time!

Anyone who attends any part of the day and submits their name and email is eligible to win an HD Flip Cam (winner announced at 4pm.)

Chicago Magazine featured Sara talking about this Saturday’s event in their “What I’m doing this weekend” section.

It was also listed in Crain’s “10 things to do this weekend” section.

Save the dates for these entirely different programs of Studs footage:

June 8 at the Nightingale Theatre at 7pm.
June 17 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center from 2-8pm.

Saturday’s schedule is in our previous post below.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
free admission

Join Media Burn on three dates in June as we present rarely seen treasures from our Studs Terkel collection to celebrate one of Chicago’s greatest cultural icons.

Media Burn holds the largest collection of Terkel video in the world, about half of it donated by Terkel himself. The other half is the work of our founder, television producer and documentarian Tom Weinberg, who videotaped and collaborated with Studs for four decades. The entire collection of more than 300 hours was restored through support from the federal National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Chicago-based Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation in 2008 and 2009.

The Studs Terkel Film and Video will continue with entirely different programming on these dates:

June 8 at the Nightingale Theatre at 7pm.
June 17 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center from 2-8pm.


At Home With Studs (Tom Weinberg, 2000, 47m). Intimate camera original footage at Terkel’s Uptown home casually chatting about life, death, and baseball. A rare and wonderful opportunity to get a sense of what it felt like to hang out with Studs, have a drink, and relax.
Studs Terkel interviews TV producer Sterling “Red” Quinlan (20m, mid-1960s). In this series produced by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Terkel interviews a variety of notable Chicagoans. One of the creators of “Chicago Style television,” Quinlan was a crucial figure in Chicago TV and in Terkel’s career.
Interviews with Interviewers … About Interviewing (Skip Blumberg, 1985, 52m). This conversational documentary presents TV’s Mike Wallace and Barbara Walters, Pulitzer Prize winner and radio personality Studs Terkel, National Public Radio’s Susan Stamberg, New York City Police Detective Sean Grennan, and psychoanalyst Dr. Joel Kovel, talking candidly and sometimes evasively about the interviewing process.
Studs Terkel interviews sculptor Richard Hunt (20m, mid-1960s). Richard Hunt, celebrated creator of abstract metal sculptures, is featured here at work in his south side Chicago studio and at home. Terkel interviewed the young sculptor about his work and the experience of African-Americans in the art world.
WTTW Chicago Tonight’s coverage of Terkel’s retirement from WFMT (1997, 25m), featuring Rich Samuels and John Callaway touring Terkel’s studio and archive, providing a perspective on the depth and range of Terkel’s career as the “free spirit” of WFMT.
Studs on a Soapbox (2000, Tom Weinberg, Chicago Stories, WTTW, 27m) + Studs Terkel: Listening to America (2009, Eric Simonson, HBO, 40m). Two insightful tributes to Studs featuring footage spanning several decades. Introduced by CHM Executive Vice President and Chief Historian Russell Lewis and documentarian Tom Weinberg.

Tomorrow will be the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth, and we have big news!

1. Film and Video Fest: save the dates
2. Mediaburn.org public beta launched
3. Terkel birthday parties around Chicago on Wednesday.

We have some great things in store for the Studs Terkel Film and Video Festival. We will announce specific lineups and special guests in a few days. Until then, save these dates:

June 2, Chicago History Museum, 10am, 12pm, 2pm

June 8, Nightingale, 7pm

June 17, Chicago Cultural Center, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

All of these screenings will be free and open to the public.


If you head over to mediaburn.org to check out our 250+ video Studs collection, you may notice it’s pretty different… today we launched the public beta of our new site! Check it out, and please let us know what you think! We will launch the full site in September 2012.

The Studs Terkel Centenary Committee and others have organized a few parties to celebrate the day tomorrow.

Newberry Library, 5:30pm reception; 6pm program, free

Celebrate the centenary of Studs Terkel with writers, activists, reporters, historians, and artists Terkel inspired. Alex Kotlowitz, Alison Cuddy, Penelope Rosemont, Alma Washington (as Lucy Parsons), Steve Mosqueda and Sean Benjamin, David Roediger, and Ed Sadlowski will reflect on how this expansive and generous public figure moved them and shaped their work.

Heather Radke, a freelance audio recorder, will share clips of people who have shared their own memories of Studs Terkel. Bucky Halker and Jon Langford will provide music. Come and remember Studs together, with good stories, music, and food.

Chicago History Museum, 6:30pm, $10 members / $15 public

Join our 100th birthday celebration for Louis “Studs” Terkel, one-time historian-in-residence at the Museum and one of the nation’s most treasured oral historians. WFMT Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner explores Studs’s life, legacy, and contributions to history through radio and TV clips from his 75-year broadcast career.

WFMT radio, 1-7pm

WFMT honors one of its own and one of its greatest. May 16 brings the 100th anniversary of the birth of Studs Terkel. We’ll mark the occasion with rarely heard programs, music and interviews fresh from the archives of the Chicago History Museum – with some material not heard since its original broadcast. Tune in from 1-7pm for a non-stop Studs-thon full of delights and surprises.

I cannot describe how thankful I am that so many people stepped forward to give generously to make this project happen. I have loved hearing from so many people about how important Minnie is to them personally.

Thank you!

Today is the last day to claim the limited rewards still remaining. Minnie gave us these collectibles to help us raise money for this documentary, and we don’t want them to sit in our closet! If you have already contributed, you can increase your pledge to the matching levels to claim these.

  • 1 photo of Minnie with Bill Veeck, signed by Minnie ($49)
  • 12 autographed 8×11 photos of Minnie ($199)
  • 4 autographed “seven decade hats” ($499)
  • 1 official MLB black jersey, with “Sox” logo and “#9” embossed on front, “Minoso 9” on back, size 52, autographed by Minnie ($499)
  • 1 White Sox 1950’s jersey from Cooperstown Authentic Collection, white with black stripes, Sox logo on front, “#9 Minoso” on back, autographed by Minnie ($499)
  • 6 Rawlings official MLB baseballs, autographed by Minnie ($999)

REMINDER: Anyone who contributes $99+ before tomorrow, 7am CDT, will receive two tickets to White Sox opening day 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field, courtesy of Totally Tickets (http://www.totallytickets.com/)


The Studs Terkel Centenary celebrations begin tomorrow! Join us at the Division Street Bridge at noon.

We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends, family, and fans of Minnie Minoso from around the country.

We have met our Kickstarter goal with 43 hours to spare!

As you know, documentaries are costly and this Kickstarter goal is only a portion of the total budget for the project. All contributions beyond our goal will be deeply appreciated and helpful.

We still have the two collectible signed Minoso jerseys. Minnie gave them to us to help us fund this project, and we want them to go to you. They are now available to the first two contributors at the $499 level (reduced from $1,499 and $1,999).


Enough about Minnie… join us on Saturday for the first of several Studs Terkel Centenary events!


May 16th marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning author and oral historian Louis “Studs” Terkel. At Noon this Saturday, May 12th, the Division Street Bridge, just west of Halsted, will be rededicated in his honor. Division Street: America, published in 1966, was his first book of oral history.

The Division Street Bridge was dedicated to Studs by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 1992, but sometime in the last 20 years, the designation was removed. Here’s the video (skip ahead to 1:10):

Governor Pat Quinn, Congressman Mike Quigley, State Senator Pat McGuire, and Alderman Scott Waguespack are expected to join a merry mob of Terkel torch-carriers to speak up and sing out, with help from the Mucca Pazza marching band and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

After the event, those in attendance are invited to gather at the nearby Hideout Chicago bar (1354 West Wabansia), which is opening its doors early for a special Terkel Toast.

Early this year, a loose-knit group of Terkel’s friends, neighbors, associates, and admirers formed the Studs Terkel Centenary Committee to recognize Studs and his wife, Ida Goldberg Terkel, who also would have turned 100 this month.

More information about Studs Terkel and 100th birthday events is available online at the centenary website and at Studs Terkel 100 on Facebook and Twitter.

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You are the first to see this intimate clip.

In December 2011, we attended the Baseball Hall of Fame press conference sure that Minnie Minoso was going to be elected. Instead, he received nine votes–three votes short of the twelve needed. The 89 year old will not be eligible for another vote for three years.

In the Chicago Tribune, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf reacted, “I’m stunned. I really thought he’d get (all) 16 votes…. It disappoints me. Orlando Cepeda (a Hall of Famer from Puerto Rico) spoke out on this many times about how Minnie was the trailblazer, Minnie was the guy who opened the door for  all the Latins who came behind him. Minnie not only had the misfortune to be black, but he couldn’t speak English. It was a tremendous burden for Minnie, but with all of that, I thought he belonged, based on his accomplishments.”

Publicly, Minnie was stoic and professional. We sat down with him afterwards and he expressed genuine frustration that he may never live to see his honor.

Please share this with all who love Minnie.


We are so pleased to have received pledges from 131 of you! We are 74% of the way there with three days to go–help push us over the top!

White Sox win the World Series, 2005

“Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good To Me” videographer/editor Joel Cohen will be a guest on the James VanOsdol Show on the Steve Dahl Network tomorrow, May 9. The Steve Dahl Podcast Network is a growing web of subscription-based podcasts led by broadcasting legend and podcasting pioneer, Steve Dahl. Those of you who subscribe to SDN should tune in to hear Joel’s story!

We added a new limited reward today, which is already 60% claimed. We also lowered the prices for the two limited edition signed MLB White Sox Minoso jerseys. They are real collectors’ items, and if you are a Minnie fan, this is a great opportunity. We only have one of each, so don’t miss out!