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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Freud in the Night Kitchen

When Maurice Sendak’s now classic children’s book Mickey in the Night Kitchen was released in 1970, it caused a scandal. Its protagonist, a young boy, is bare naked throughout the book, amidst a landscape phallic milk bottles and free-flowing liquids. Parents cried pornography. Armchair psychologists jumped to analyze its Freudian subtext. But the kids? They just laughed.

In this Popcast, we play you excerpts from Sendak’s 1970 conversation with legendary interviewer Studs Terkel. Sendak balks at the idea of writing down to kids. In fact, Sendak thinks it’s the kids who have “crap detectors” that allow them to tap into the real spirit of his books. Together, Sendak and Studs consider that it’s the adults who can’t understand children’s literature, and not the other way around.

Hear the full interview in The Studs Terkel Radio Archive collection on Pop Up Archive, from The WFMT Radio Network: https://www.popuparchive.com/collections/938/items/37552

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.