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Jeanne Gang Designs 'Working in America'

J. Michael Welton | Posted 11.11.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

It's been 40 years since Studs Terkel published "Working," a book packed with 150 people explaining what they do all day - and why. Jane Saks - whose...

Gordon Greenberg Lives His Dream at the Holiday Inn

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.01.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I've known Gordon Greenberg for most of my career, so I feel a little like I know where he has been. And it's all leading up to tonight, when he makes...

Kim Kardashian's Labor Pains (or: The Sociology of Real Work)

Galanty Miller | Posted 10.21.2016 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Let's be clear about what constitutes work... Work means having a boss. Just because someone signs your paychecks, that doesn't mean you have a boss.

Anna Deavere Smith on the 44th Jefferson Lecture and the Search for American Character

Greg Archer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Greg Archer

Humanities, the arts, words, culture, character, the language that people really speak when they speak to each other -- oh, these are creatively deep waters for somebody like Anna Deavere Smith to swim through.

On the Studs Terkel Radio Archive: A Conversation With Tony Macaluso

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Chicago
Davis Schneiderman

Studs Terkel is a Chicago institution, and he's ready for a reboot. As one of the animating personalities in Thomas Dyja's excellent The Third Coast...

Won't You Please Come to Chicago?: A Conversation With Thomas Dyja on The Third Coast

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Home
Davis Schneiderman

Thomas Dyja's The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the America Dream is the most important Chicago-focused historical work in recent years.

Pete Seeger's Garden

Roger Wright | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Roger Wright

Pete Seeger upstairs at the People's Church on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago; rail thin, head thrust out, jeans and flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves,...

A Studs Terkel Thanksgiving

Roger Wright | Posted 01.26.2014 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Hanging up the phone, I could barely remember why she cancelled. Something about "needing space." But I was already getting ready to be a frozen turkey dinner tough guy.

Why Write for Free?

Roger Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Roger Wright

Perhaps a tougher question than it sounds? Cliché talking points about 'finding my passion' make me cringe. Self promotion can't be all there is. And then there is the fact that I need the money now. So what's the real answer?

Carnivals the Chicago Way: Boogie's Spinning Century

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.06.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

I chose carnivals to write about because they operate in town centers across the country. The focus of the community often is an annual event and each has workers with lives as colorful as the carnivals they work.

Artists Finding Work

Roger Wright | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Roger Wright

Could artists now have an advantage in finding work? Let's take a trip down memory lane for a minute and remember when the answer was an absolute "No...

Move Over Fantasy Dad: This Father's Day I Celebrate My Real Dad

Terry K Carr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Terry K Carr

Many of us from divorce carry around a version of our Dad that doesn't always square with the flesh and blood one.

Hope Dies Last: Why Hope Matters for Strategy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Even though the American economy is recovering -- albeit slowly -- these are still stressful and trying times. We need to move from that begrudging process of recovery to renewal in the belief in America and the American dream. How important is hope to that renewal?

PHOTOS: Remembering Studs Terkel On His 100th Birthday

Posted 05.16.2012 | Chicago

One of Chicago's most famous storytellers would have turned 100 Wednesday, and the city is showing its respects with a host of tributes to one of our ...

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

From Woody Guthrie to Little Nut Tree: Chatting With Rob Wasserman and Dan Zanes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

On Woody Guthrie: "in a short life he saw so much, but he was really present and there with people. I think he's just really vital, not just in his vision, but as a spokesman for America."

Working, in Chicago: An Emotional Guide for New Graduates

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

"A first job may be similar to one's experience with grade school," Larry Ragan wrote in a private memoir. "It becomes engraved in the memory." And since Larry was my first boss, he is engraved in my memory.

Finding Meaning At Work

Sherry Moss | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sherry Moss

Did the majority of these workers truly not find any joy or satisfaction in their working lives? Did they really find no meaning in the activity which took up most of their waking hours?

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's First Induction Ceremony Honors Our Greatest Writers

Donald G. Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald G. Evans

It was like any party, I guess, except this was a party for dead people. Six dead people. Six dead writers.

WATCH: Studs Terkel On What's Missing From Modern Life

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

This Friday, StoryCorps, an oral history initiative that helps Americans record and archive stories from their lives, will celebrate the third annual ...

How to Go From Jamoke to Chicagoan in Under 40 Minutes

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

I've got this intern from San Francisco working for me. How'm I ever gonna explain to this kid what makes Chicago different, different from anywhere else? I'm gonna start with these six short videos.

Happy Terkel Day

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

Well, why wouldn't we rename Labor Day after Studs? He narrated this film about workers' health and safety that was banned by Ronald Reagan's OSHA. Most copies were destroyed. But not all.

Chicago, Without Eddie

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

In the first conversation I had with Studs Terkel I mentioned I was friends with Ed Reardon. "How do you know Ed Reardon?" he demanded.

Why you Might Want to Attend Saturday's 'Nelson-Tennial'

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

As Chicago's memory of Nelson Algren dims, he and his vision of this place seem to be taking over my mind. I'm not entirely pleased about this development.

Studs Terkel's Final Face-To-Face Interview: 'Hope Dies Last'

AARP | Alex Kotlowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Shortly before his death in October at age 96, I visited my dear friend Studs Terkel. His crackling voice was thinner than it used to be, and he didn'...