Oklahoma History http://publicradiotulsa.org en "Hell with the Lid Blown Off" -- A Tornado-Driven Mystery Novel Set in Eastern Oklahoma in 1916 http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/hell-lid-blown-tornado-driven-mystery-novel-set-eastern-oklahoma-1916 <p>On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Donis Casey, a mystery author and former librarian who is originally from Oklahoma and has been based in Arizona for many years. "Hell with the Lid Blown Off" -- the seventh title in Casey's popular Alafair Tucker series -- is newly available, and (as with the rest of Casey's fiction) this novel draws heavily upon her Oklahoma roots...as well as the roots of her Sooner State relatives. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:14:11 +0000 Rich Fisher 61998 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Hell with the Lid Blown Off" -- A Tornado-Driven Mystery Novel Set in Eastern Oklahoma in 1916 From Steve Gerkin, a Writer and Editor at This Land, Comes a "Hidden History of Tulsa" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/steve-gerkin-writer-and-editor-land-comes-hidden-history-tulsa <p>On this installment on ST, we chat with Steve Gerkin, who is originally from Iowa, has lived in Tulsa for more than 35 years, retired from his general dentistry practice in 2010, and has written a number of interesting articles for This Land Press about little-known aspects of Tulsa-area history. Gerkin has gathered several of these articles into a book, "Hidden History of Tulsa," which has just been published. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:33:29 +0000 Rich Fisher 61364 at http://publicradiotulsa.org From Steve Gerkin, a Writer and Editor at This Land, Comes a "Hidden History of Tulsa" Rilla Askew's Latest Novel Mixes Reality with Fiction, and Illegal Immigration with Rural Oklahoma http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/rilla-askews-latest-novel-mixes-reality-fiction-and-illegal-immigration-rural-oklahoma <p>(Please note: This interview first aired about a year ago.) We are happy to welcome the acclaimed author (and fifth-generation Oklahoman) Rilla Askew back to our show. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award. Her latest novel, "Kind of Kin," is now being published in paperback; it first appeared in hardback in early 2013. Askew joins us to chat about this work. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:36:10 +0000 Rich Fisher 53091 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Rilla Askew's Latest Novel Mixes Reality with Fiction, and Illegal Immigration with Rural Oklahoma "Red Dirt Women: At Home on the Oklahoma Plains" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/red-dirt-women-home-oklahoma-plains <p>On this edition of ST, we speak with Susan Kates, an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Oklahoma, who tells us about her new book, an autobiographical collection of essays called "Red Dirt Women: At Home on the Oklahoma Plains." Born and raised in Ohio, Kates now considers herself an Oklahoman --- she's been teaching at OU for the past two decades or so --- and this book quite deliberately traces her development from immigrant to native. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:29:08 +0000 Rich Fisher 45718 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Red Dirt Women: At Home on the Oklahoma Plains" Remembering the Artist Charles Banks Wilson (1918-2013) on StudioTulsa http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/remembering-artist-charles-banks-wilson-1918-2013-studiotulsa <p>Today on ST, a special interview from our archives as we listen back to a 1993 discussion with Charles Banks Wilson. The widely beloved artist died last week at 94. Wilson was born in Arkansas and grew up in Miami, Oklahoma; over the course of his long and prolific career, he worked as a painter, printmaker, art teacher, lecturer, historian, and magazine and book illustrator --- and his works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Smithsonian, and other notable institutions. Tue, 07 May 2013 20:04:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 38640 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Remembering the Artist Charles Banks Wilson (1918-2013) on StudioTulsa "Imaginary Oklahoma" --- A New Collection of Short Fiction Edited by Jeff Martin http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/imaginary-oklahoma-new-collection-short-fiction-edited-jeff-martin <p>On this installment of ST, we're joined by our old friend and colleague, Jeff Martin, a local writer who's also the coordinator and creator of the popular Book Smart Tulsa reading series, the fiction editor at This Land, and an occasional commentator for this program. Jeff's newest book, just out, is an fun-to-read trade-paperback collection that brings together many works of short (make that "very short") fiction exploring "an Oklahoma of the mind," so to speak. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:32:01 +0000 Rich Fisher 37924 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Imaginary Oklahoma" --- A New Collection of Short Fiction Edited by Jeff Martin "Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/apartheid-indian-country-seeing-red-over-black-disenfranchisement <p>Over the past four decades, the efforts of the Cherokee Freedman to gain full tribal rights within the Cherokee Nation have, by turns, burned or simmered, so to speak; today, this issue is now being pushed back and forth in our federal court system. On this installment of ST, a review of such matters as we welcome back to our program Hannibal B. Johnson, a Tulsa-based author, attorney, and human-rights activist. Johnson tells us about his new book, "Apartheid in Indian Country? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:55:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 35631 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Apartheid in Indian Country? Seeing Red Over Black Disenfranchisement" The Tulsa Historical Society Presents "Tulsa in the Teens" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-historical-society-presents-tulsa-teens <p>In 1901, the first-ever oil well in Tulsa (from the Creek word, "Tallasi," meaning "Old Town") was established; the city itself had been officially incorporated in 1898. In 1905, the discovery of the fabled Glenn Pool oil field occurred --- and a boom town was born. And not just any boom town, but a petroleum-driven city-on-the-go, as Tulsa's population climbed to more than 140,000 between 1901 and 1930. On this edition of ST, we revisit the pivotal decade in this remarkable growth spurt as we discuss a new exhibit at the Tulsa Historical Society (or THS). Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:33:56 +0000 Rich Fisher 33795 at http://publicradiotulsa.org The Tulsa Historical Society Presents "Tulsa in the Teens" Reality Collides with Fiction --- and Illegal Immigration, with Rural Oklahoma --- in a New Novel http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/reality-collides-fiction-and-illegal-immigration-rural-oklahoma-new-novel <p>We are happy to welcome the acclaimed author (and fifth-generation Oklahoman) Rilla Askew back to our show. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award. Her latest novel, "Kind of Kin," is just now being published, and she joins us on ST to chat about this work. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 19:45:25 +0000 Rich Fisher 32016 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Reality Collides with Fiction --- and Illegal Immigration, with Rural Oklahoma --- in a New Novel Novelist and Scholar (and Former Tulsan) Michael Hightower on His New Novel: "The Pattersons" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/novelist-and-scholar-and-former-tulsan-michael-hightower-his-new-novel-pattersons <p>On today&#39;s edition of StudioTulsa, we&#39;re pleased to welcome back an old friend, Michael Hightower, who lived and worked in Tulsa for about two decades, starting in 1980, and who, for most of that time, owned and presided over Council Oak Books. Now based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hightower joins us to talk about his new novel, &quot;The Pattersons,&quot; a work of historical fiction as well as modern-day sociological commentary that occasionally draws on Hightower&#39;s own life story. Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:17:06 +0000 Rich Fisher 23477 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Novelist and Scholar (and Former Tulsan) Michael Hightower on His New Novel: "The Pattersons"