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Thursday, 30th September 2004

Listen Online: The Studs Terkel Collection

Resources of the Week
Two different items for you this week.
Maps--International
Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
ReliefWeb Map Centre
If you've been keeping up with ResourceShelf for any length of time, you're probably aware that we have a thing for online maps here. ReliefWeb, OCHA's "global network for humanitarian information on complex emergencies and natural disasters," was established as a one-stop information hub for "timely and reliable information during crises." And sometimes, a map can convey as much or more information than a written document...or provide supplementary information.

You can access maps via a sensitive map or else use the two dropdown menus -- one allows you to select maps by country and another which permits selection of maps by emergency. When you select a country -- let's use Iraq again, since there is high interest in the situation there -- you are presented with a listing of maps in reverse chronological order, from newest through oldest. Links at the top allow you to view the maps:
+ By type -- either reference (standard geographic maps) or thematic (specific emergency, incident or disaster)
+ By source -- according to the agency/organization which prouduced the maps
+ By keyword -- e.g., food, health, landmines, natural resources, weather and climate, etc.
Each map is dated and includes a brief description as to its format and file size. There's also a link that will take you to related documents found elsewhere on the ReliefWeb site.

You can search for maps via a form that allows you to type in a title or specify criteria -- region, country, source, data type, date -- by using dropdown menus.

The Map Centre is updated continually. You can take a look at the newest additions by clicking the "Latest Maps" link at the top of the right navigation column, under the dropdown menu. Under that, there's a selection of links to current "featured" maps. If you'd like to keep track of newly added maps, you can subscribe to an e-mail update; choose to receive it weekly or monthly.

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Studs Terkel--Multimedia Resources
Source: Chicago Historical Society
Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Studs Terkel, the venerable Chicago-based author and radio personality, has produced an awesome body of work in his 90-plus years on this planet. The breadth of his subject matter comprises a comprehensive history of the 20th Century. This website makes available a significant amount of recorded material from Terkel's radio programs, books and interviews, organized into seven galleries:
+ The Studs Terkel Program (WFMT radio program in Chicago)
+ Division Street: America (twentieth century urban life in and around Chicago)
+ Hard Times (The Great Depression)
+ The Good War (World War II)
+ Race (interviews with people about their views on race)
+ Talking to Myself (Terkel on his own life)
+ Greatest Hits (particularly memorable moments from Terkel's radio program)

You can search the audio materials archived here. Detailed biographical information about Terkel is available. You will need the free RealPlayer to listen to the audio material and Flash to access portions of the website. Both may downloaded from this page.

The site is part of Historical Voices, a "searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century," funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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