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Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing

13 EpisodesProduced by Studs Terkel Radio Archive & WFMT Radio NetworkWebsite

History comes alive as we revisit important moments in American culture with interviews from the archives of the inimitable 20th-century broadcaster and oral historian Studs Terkel. Host Eve Ewing guides us through the Studs Terkel Radio Archive and pairs each piece of archival audio with an intervi… read more

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BONUS: The Language of Your Birth Through a Colonial Lens

February 15th, 2019


Erika L. Sánchez explains what it was like to live in Spain and to feel like she spoke a different language, even though it was still Spanish.

Find …

Ep. 5: Sandra Cisneros & Erika L. Sánchez

February 1st, 2019


The Rundown:

  • Eve explains how much Sandra Cisneros’ writing means to her and how the stories resonate with her childhood in Chicago.

  • Sandra …

BONUS: Double Consciousness

January 18th, 2019


Min Jin Lee explains the racism she experienced as a Korean-American living in Japan, and how that pulled at both her Korean and American selves.

Ep. 4: Younghill Kang & Min Jin Lee

January 4th, 2019


The Rundown:

  • Eve lays out Younghill Kang’s autobiographical immigrant stories and the looming ideological presence of the Japanese occupation of …

BONUS: Lorraine, James and Nina

December 21st, 2018


We have more from our interview with Imani Perry! She describes the intimate friendships that Lorraine Hansberry had with James Baldwin and Nina …

Ep. 3: Lorraine Hansberry & Imani Perry

December 7th, 2018


The Rundown:

  • Eve explains why unearthing an interview with Lorraine Hansberry is so exciting and how restrictive covenants segregated cities across …

BONUS: My Twitter Beef With Raffi

November 23rd, 2018


Before the next episode drops, we need to talk about Adam Mansbach’s contentious relationship with the singer of Baby Beluga.

Look out for Episode 3 …

BONUS: Bulldozing the Boundaries of Adult and Children’s Lit

November 9th, 2018


If you’re going to write a book that involves swearing at your child, it probably shouldn’t go in the children’s section, right? Adam Mansbach had to …

Ep. 2: Shel Silverstein & Adam Mansbach

November 2nd, 2018


Ep. 2: Shel Silverstein & Adam Mansbach

The Rundown:

  • Eve teaches us how to properly pronounce the last name of our favorite childhood poet.

BONUS: More Black, Queer Writers to Read

October 26th, 2018


Episode 2 is almost ready, but we have more from Darnell Moore! He names more black, queer writers that merit our attention now. He recommends Richard Bruce Nugent, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Cheryl Clark, M Jackie …

BONUS: “They Are Doing It For All Black Lives"

October 19th, 2018


To tide you over until Episode 2, here are some more insights from Darnell Moore on the Movement for Black Lives and the challenges of creating inclusive spaces.

Look out for Episode 2 on Friday, November 2, 2018!

Ep. 1: James Baldwin & Darnell Moore

October 5th, 2018


Welcome to Bughouse Square! For the first time, we’re opening up the archived tape from the radio show of Studs Terkel, the renowned Chicago reporter. We’re pairing some of our favorite discoveries from the Studs Terkel …

Coming Soon: Episode 1

September 17th, 2018


In our first episode, Studs Terkel talks to the legendary writer James Baldwin, and Eve asks why Black writers are so often expected to be hopeful.

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