“What if I did an imitation of a butterfly at rest?”

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When actor Zero Mostel was under trial by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in 1955, the committee asked what he was doing at an anti-HUAC meeting. Mostel replied: “What if I did an imitation of a butterfly at rest? There is no crime in making anybody laugh.”

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Celebrating LGBT History Month

The evolution of the LGBT movement in audio

In June, we offered glimpses into pivotal moments of the LGBT movement. Now, for LGBT History Month, we’re juxtaposing those moments with more recent news. Read on to learn about LGBT history, now and then.

FILE - In this June 26, 1978 file photo, then San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco's seventh annual Gay Freedom parade. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this June 26, 1978 file photo, then San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is seen in San Francisco’s seventh annual Gay Freedom parade. (AP Photo/File)

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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:

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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.

Ellen Goodman on the resistance of some women to the women’s liberation movement:

“[There was] a whole lot of life investment in pretending something was fair…It’s always hard to call for change, it’s always hard to make change, without threatening people who have a lot of their life invested in an old way.”

Ellen Goodman and Betty Friedan talk with Studs Terkel on WFMT in 1981, The Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

Ellen Goodman on the resistance of some women to the women’s liberation movement:

“[There was] a whole lot of life investment in pretending something was fair…It’s always hard to call for change, it’s always hard to make change, without threatening people who have a lot of their life invested in an old way.”

Ellen Goodman and Betty Friedan talk with Studs Terkel on WFMT in 1981, The Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

From the archive: Konstantinos Doxiades talks with Studs Terkel on WFMT (The WFMT Radio Network)

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In conversation with Studs Terkel, Greek architect and urban planner Konstantinos Doxiades predicts the future of cities and their roads. Speaking with confidence in 1968, he asserts that in 30 years (by 2008) urban cities will have merged into an “ecumenopolis:”

Ecumenopolis is the universal city connecting the megalopolises together.

The uniqueness of individual regions will be in danger, he feels, not because of these unified cities, but because of technological monopolies. 

From the archive: Konstantinos Doxiades talks with Studs Terkel on WFMT (The WFMT Radio Network)

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In conversation with Studs Terkel, Greek architect and urban planner Konstantinos Doxiades predicts the future of cities and their roads. Speaking with confidence in 1968, he asserts that in 30 years (by 2008) urban cities will have merged into an “ecumenopolis:”

Ecumenopolis is the universal city connecting the megalopolises together.

The uniqueness of individual regions will be in danger, he feels, not because of these unified cities, but because of technological monopolies.