Happy birthday to radio and oral history legend Studs Terkel! Pop Up Archive is proud to support his incredible archive, representing 45 years on air at WFMT, where he talked to everyone from Maya Angelou and Jacques Cousteau to civil rights protesters and housewives.


Browse over 400 interviews available on Pop Up Archive:

Get listening.

Happy birthday to radio and oral history legend Studs Terkel! Pop Up Archive is proud to support his incredible archive, representing 45 years on air at WFMT, where he talked to everyone from Maya Angelou and Jacques Cousteau to civil rights protesters and housewives.


Browse over 400 interviews available on Pop Up Archive:

Get listening.

Highlighting the words of Maya Angelou

In Claudia Cragg’s Chatting Up a Storm, Cragg conducted one of the last interviews with Angelou before her death, as well as introducing a young woman named Maya, whom she inspired.

By adding the timestamps to the embed player (as described under usage notes in the instructions), you can highlight key moments spoken by both Mayas:

“I don’t think that the caged bird flings a prayer up to heaven…the caged bird sings about freedom all the time, and that song was so rich and so beautiful, that I knew that was the title." 

-Maya Angelou on titling her 1969 autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Listen to Angelou’s 1970 interview with Studs Terkel in remembrance of her remarkable life and works.

“I don’t think that the caged bird flings a prayer up to heaven…the caged bird sings about freedom all the time, and that song was so rich and so beautiful, that I knew that was the title." 

-Maya Angelou on titling her 1969 autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Listen to Angelou’s 1970 interview with Studs Terkel in remembrance of her remarkable life and works.

From the Archive: Studs Terkel Interview with Maya Angelou

Check out this gem from the archive: an incredible 1970 Studs Terkel interview with Maya Angelou.

 

Listen to Angelou’s smooth, poetic voice as she tells the stories behind her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She speaking intimately about her grandmother and her youth in Stamps, Arkansas, even singing Studs some church hymns.

Browse the whole Studs Terkel collection on Pop Up Archive, featuring rare interviews with figures from Janis Joplin to David Mamet.