Rich Fisher http://publicradiotulsa.org en Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/professor-robert-dudley-uc-berkeley-and-drunken-monkey-hypothesis <p>On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Robert Dudley, who's a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Prof. Dudley tells us about his interesting "drunken monkey hypothesis," which (per <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drunken_monkey_hypothesis">its Wikipedia entry</a>) "proposes that human attraction to ethanol may have a genetic basis due to the high dependence of the primate ancestor of <em>Homo sapiens</em> on fruit as a food source. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:41:13 +0000 Rich Fisher 63562 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Professor Robert Dudley of UC-Berkeley and the "Drunken Monkey Hypothesis" Tulsa Singer-Songwriter Rebecca Ungerman Will Soon Unveil a Song at the NY Musical Theater Festival http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-singer-songwriter-rebecca-ungerman-will-soon-unveil-song-ny-musical-theater-festival <p>On this edition of ST, we're pleased to welcome Rebecca Ungerman back to our program. She has long been known and admired as one of the outstanding jazz/cabaret singers in the Tulsa community. She's also a wonderful songwriter, and her original musical, "The Unwitting Wife," was first staged about two years ago here in town (and was thereafter staged in Israel). Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:08:42 +0000 Rich Fisher 63442 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tulsa Singer-Songwriter Rebecca Ungerman Will Soon Unveil a Song at the NY Musical Theater Festival "Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/eating-wild-side-missing-link-optimum-health <p>Buying local and frequenting farmers' markets continue to be very popular pursuits, and for obvious reasons. But what's the best strategy for navigating the produce section of your average supermarket? Our guest on ST is Jo Robinson, an investigative journalist who lives (and often "grows her own") on Vashon Island, Washington, and who specializes in science and health. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:06:52 +0000 Rich Fisher 63356 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health" A Conversation about Freedom to Marry, the Long-Running Campaign to Win Gay Marriage Nationwide http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/conversation-about-freedom-marry-long-running-campaign-win-gay-marriage-nationwide <p>On this installment of ST, a discussion of the marriage equality movement in our country. Hard to believe, perhaps, but the right for same-sex couples to marry was granted to the people of Massachusetts only ten years ago. A lot has happened in the last decade --- and by now, given that 20 different states have approved same-sex marriage, it's obvious that a lot of Americans have changed their minds and/or embraced gay-marriage tolerance, especially younger Americans. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:54:50 +0000 Rich Fisher 63312 at http://publicradiotulsa.org A Conversation about Freedom to Marry, the Long-Running Campaign to Win Gay Marriage Nationwide A Matter of Priorities: The City of Tulsa, Its Budget, and Its Arts Community http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/matter-priorities-city-tulsa-its-budget-and-its-arts-community <p>This has been an anxious past few months for many in Tulsa's arts community. That community was very much caught off-guard by the decision of Mayor Bartlett's office to eliminate most of the City of Tulsa's arts funding. Alarming proposals to cut staff positions at the Tulsa PAC Trust, the Waterworks Community Arts Center, and both the Heller and Clark Theatres effectively galvanized supporters all over town, and these supporters quickly spurred the City Council to oppose the Mayor's proposals. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:56:17 +0000 Rich Fisher 63240 at http://publicradiotulsa.org A Matter of Priorities: The City of Tulsa, Its Budget, and Its Arts Community "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/suspicious-minds-how-culture-shapes-madness-truman-show-delusion-and-other-strange-beliefs <p>On this edition of our show, we offer an interesting how-does-society-affect-our-mental-health discussion with Joel Gold, who, with his brother Ian, is one of the authors of "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs." Dr. Joel Gold is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and was an attending psychiatrist in the department of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center for nine years. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:28:59 +0000 Rich Fisher 63173 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs" "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/why-we-make-things-and-why-it-matters-education-craftsman-encore-presentation <p>(Note: This program originally aired earlier this year.) On this edition of our show, we offer an interesting chat with Peter Korn, the founder and executive director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, a non-profit school in Rockport, Maine. A furniture-maker since 1974, Korn is also the author of several noted how-to books, yet his latest volume is, so to speak, more of a "why" book. It's a readable and far-reaching memoir called "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" --- and he discusses it with us today. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:17:44 +0000 Rich Fisher 63011 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman" (Encore presentation.) "The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/student-loan-mess-how-good-intentions-created-trillion-dollar-problem <p>Could America's current student loan debt --- which now exceeds $1 trillion and is predicted to reach $2 trillion by 2020 --- somehow become the sequel to the mortgage meltdown? Some economists think it's possible. Our guest on this edition of ST is Eric Best, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University. Along with his father, sociologist Joel Best of the University of Delaware, Eric is the co-author of "The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem" (University of California Press). Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:30:53 +0000 Rich Fisher 62942 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Student Loan Mess: How Good Intentions Created a Trillion-Dollar Problem" Focusing on "The Broken Hip" --- A "Digital Storytelling Project" from KERA (Dallas Public Radio) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/focusing-broken-hip-digital-storytelling-project-kera-dallas-public-radio <p>On this installment of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Lauren Silverman, the Health, Science, and Technology reporter at KERA, which is the NPR member-station in Dallas. <a href="http://keranews.org/people/lauren-silverman">Silverman</a> is one of the creators of a newly posted, impressively researched, and decidedly multi-media "digital storytelling project" at the KERA website that focuses on hip fractures among the elderly, in both the Greater Dallas region and the United States more generally. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:40:08 +0000 Rich Fisher 62876 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Focusing on "The Broken Hip" --- A "Digital Storytelling Project" from KERA (Dallas Public Radio) Books for Vacations, Escapes, and Getaways of All Kinds: Summer Reading Suggestions from Nancy Pearl http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/books-vacations-escapes-and-getaways-all-kinds-summer-reading-suggestions-nancy-pearl <p>On this installment of ST, we welcome back Nancy Pearl, our longtime book reviewer. Nancy is a former librarian --- and former Tulsan --- who's also a bestselling author, editor, critic, and book advocate. She's also the former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. She can be heard on NPR's Morning Edition, where she regularly offers good-reading tips, and her wide-ranging, well-researched recommendations have also been collected into the ongoing and highly popular "Book Lust" series of volumes. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:10:32 +0000 Rich Fisher 62794 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Books for Vacations, Escapes, and Getaways of All Kinds: Summer Reading Suggestions from Nancy Pearl