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Over two years, we aim to make an additional 1000 of Studs Terkel's programs freely available for listening, exploring, and remixing.
712 backers pledged $87,152 to help bring this project to life.

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    Share a cigar with Studs: Studs loved his cigars (in fact, you can often hear him light up in the midst of an interview). Have a "smoke" in his honor with three chocolate cigars, wrapped in foil and sporting an STRA label.

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    Show your Studs pride with this set of three 1" buttons, each with a different STRA related image.

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    "Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life": With this pledge, you'll receive a digital copy of the radio documentary "Studs Terkel: Montage of a Life", produced by WFMT 98.7 in Chicago. This documentary won a Gold World Medal and a special Grand Award at the New York Festivals in 2009.

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    Sponsor a Program Level 1: Your name will be included on the acknowledgements page of our website as an “Sponsor a Program Level 1” backer. Pledges may be made in honor or in memory, in which case that person’s name will appear on the page instead of the backer’s name. At this level, backers are not able to select a specific program to sponsor. If you would like to do that, please choose Sponsor a Program Level 2.

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    Take a Studs-inspired tour of Chicago from the comfort of your own home: A Chicago historian and close friend of Studs will record a virtual "tour" of Studs' Chicago (60-90 minutes in length) highlighting and discussing important Chicago landmarks in Studs' history and career. It is available as a CD or as a digital download.

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    Poster of original artwork: Bianca, a high school freshman, participated in the very first “New Voices on Studs” art and audio workshops in Chicago. She sketched this image as a way to explore and react to what she was hearing in the interviews, and it ended up as part of the students’ final show at the Chicago Art Department gallery. (You can see the image in our story, to the left.) Bianca has generously donated her image to our campaign so that you can enjoy her tribute to Studs in your home as an 11x17 print.

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    Sponsor a Program Level 2: Your name will be included on the acknowledgements page of our website as an “Sponsor a Program Level 2” backer, associated with the specific program you have adopted. Pledges may be made in honor or in memory, in which case that person’s name will appear on the page instead of the backer’s name. After you choose this reward, you'll be contacted for your chosen program. Please visit the link below to see the selection of programs.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1krSdg5FWJA9RTmTglzOkH5YYX92-H_2162McwOHPCG8/edit?usp=sharing

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    An Excursion Through Studs Terkel's Chicago: Take part in a trek to various locales around the city where Studs and his friends lived, worked, and celebrated life, social struggles and art. A tour guide (either someone who knew Studs or who was strongly influenced by him) will take you from the hotel where Studs grew up in the 1920s and 30s; to the former sites of Studs' radio and television careers; to his beloved free-speech park, Bughouse Square; and other related sites.

    Tour participants will be walking and riding the CTA buses and/or trains.

    Tour Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016; Saturday, September 10, 2016; Saturday, October 1, 2016.

    Backers will be contacted about their preferred tour date.

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    An Excursion Through Studs Terkel's Chicago AND Audio Tour: Go on the Studs-themed walking tour, and get a copy of the virtual tour recorded by a Chicago historian and friend of Studs (CD or digital download).

    Tour participants will be walking and riding the CTA buses and/or trains.

    Tour Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016; Saturday, September 10, 2016; Saturday, October 1, 2016.

    Backers will be contacted about their preferred tour date.

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    "Best of Studs" Behind the Scenes: Spend an hour in the WFMT editing suite with Louise Frank, award-winning Curating Producer of "Best of Studs Terkel", as she sifts through the archive, listens to selections, and plans the week's show. This opportunity takes place at the WFMT 98.7 station in Chicago. Dates will be determined jointly by backers and Ms. Frank and must take place during 2016.

    Check out the "Best of Studs Terkel" site here: http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=1,1,41,31

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    "Best of Studs" Behind the Scenes: Spend an hour in the WFMT editing suite with Louise Frank, award-winning Curating Producer of "Best of Studs Terkel", as she sifts through the archive, listens to selections, and plans the week's show. This opportunity takes place at the WFMT 98.7 station in Chicago. Dates will be determined jointly by backers and Ms. Frank and must take place by 12/31/2018.

    Check out the "Best of Studs Terkel" site here: http://www.wfmt.com/main.taf?p=1,1,41,31

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    Studs Terkel Curated Listening Party: A member of the Archive staff will put together a selection of excerpts from the Archive based on your areas of interest and/or favorite people featured in the Archive. Two Studs Terkel Radio Archive staff members will spend two hours in your home or a site of your choosing playing the audio clips and answering questions about the Archive. Listening parties must take place in the Chicago area; space must be provided by backer; guest list is limited to 19 (20 people including backer). Dates will be determined jointly by backers and Archive staff and must take place during October or November 2016 (except October 1 and 2, and November 23-27), or January - April 2017.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    A Podcast with Studs: As a guest on a "Terkelogue" podcast, you will work with a member of the Archive staff to select a program that interests you. After you've listened to it, you will be interviewed by an Archive staff member or a WFMT producer. (Depending on your location, the interview may be done over the phone). This interview and the original program are combined to create a 10-15 minute Terkelogue podcast that will be featured on our website and on our SoundCloud page. Dates will be determined jointly by backers and producers and must take place during 2016.

    Listen to previous Terkelogues: https://soundcloud.com/studsterkel-radio-archive/susan-final-2015-11-12

    https://soundcloud.com/studsterkel-radio-archive/matti-bunzl-reflects-on-studss-interview-with-margaret-mead

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    Sponsor the Classical Music & Opera Category: Studs loved to host musical guests, including classical musicians and opera singers. Your contribution will help us upload audio and transcriptions of interviews with a great collection of musicians and singers, including Rachel Barton, Placido Domingo, and the Kronos Quartet. Please visit the link below to see the full list.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mqtaLfUHQ3gzOi17_7OStfelbfJLnIX12ZIn6ouzE40/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Feminism, Women, and Women's Studies Category: Studs believed in equal rights for everyone, no matter their race, creed, or sex; and he saw feminists as part of the grand spectrum of people working to improve human rights. The sponsor of the this category will allow us to upload audio and transcriptions so that these interviews can continue to inspire and make a difference. Highlights include Alix Kates Shulman and Gloria Steinem. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CfrmcsTGzO-YdTkxXoP_V71zF05jlXmm55QR91aCHWE/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Journalism & Broadcasting Category: Studs Terkel was strongly committed to free speech and journalistic integrity. Journalists who call Chicago home dealt then (as now) with “the machine,” labor disputes, violent crime, and corruption; but their conversations with Studs often reveal a love of this city. Studs spoke with journalists and broadcasters from other cities as well, always wanting to hear a fresh point of view. The sponsor of the Journalism & Broadcasting category will help to continue to Studs’s mission of telling the most important stories by allowing us to upload audio and transcriptions of interviews with Marshall MacLuhan, Garrison Keillor, Mike Royko, and others. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vqBFEcPpz5N-7MumlifTer6rx0fUqf0Bhqe9ONhVxuo/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Medicine & Psychiatry/Psychology/Mental Health Category: Studs was fascinated by science and by the human experience, so naturally he would have a strong interest in where these fields intersected: medicine and psychology. He spoke with doctors (and others) in a variety of fields who practiced all over the world. The sponsors of the Medicine & Psychiatry/Psychology category will allow us to upload audio and transcriptions of these relevant conversations about health and healing. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hn19GK-6_WHNd3VwHRsKFY7cWRqc7swsz288cFMkoO8/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Theater Category: As a veteran of the theater himself, and a resident of such a vibrant theater city, Studs was always interested in speaking with actors, playwrights, and directors. By sponsoring this category, you'll allow us to upload audio and transcriptions of luminaries in the field, such as Bertolt Brecht, Rita Moreno, and Peter Ustinov. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tOqGOTBifpEsVvp4PZc10bXT-uv2GB0NU86uoGQVDpQ/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Travel Sampler Category: A Danish poet, a British baritone, a German historian... Studs traveled all over the world with his recording equipment. By sponsoring this category, you'll give us the opportunity to upload and transcribe audio that will bring voices and experiences from Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, and South Africa to light. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QI5T9y8sM0GCjX-K7tfCfaWwabgqYKHornhCwevTBxA/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Visual Arts Category: "I love artists; I love gifted people." Your sponsorship of this category will allow us to upload and transcribe interviews with artists such as sculptor Harry Jackson, and cartoonist Bill Maudlin; and authors, such as Mary Lynn Kotz, who wrote about Robert Rauschenberg, and David Duncan, who wrote about Picasso. To see the entire list, please visit the link below.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zQSDSMgAd5kRHjAVMVKPgE9wtCMAl_Br2oJIHT7V7WQ/edit?usp=sharing

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    Sponsor the Environment & Ecology category: One of the many ways Studs was ahead of his time was in his interest in the environment and our impact on it. Your sponsorship will allow us to upload the audio and transcriptions of conversations with Harvard professor of Biology Dr. George Wald, conservationist Paul Watson, and author Dr. Barry Commoner, among others. Please visit the link below to see the entire list.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rKFpo9HNdZdApCAifOFwG46v0vCAZ3Sa51XugQnks1Q/edit?usp=sharing

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