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Ian Shoales

StudioTulsa & Points-Of-View Commentator

Merle Kessler is a founding member of the legendary Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre, Merle Kessler is a writer, humorist, and performer, best known perhaps by his pen name, Ian Shoales. As Ian Shoales he has been churning out cranky yet strangely humorous commentaries since 1979.

First heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, he has been featured on Morning Edition, ABC’s Nightline and the online magazine, Salon. In addition, his pieces have been published in the New York Times, LA Times, the San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Minneapolis Tribune, among other publications. Merle (as Ian Shoales) recently co-starred in, and co-wrote (with composer partner J. Raoul Brody) Slouching Towards Disneyland, a wild story of the history of the world. A new show, Why We Can't Have Nice Things, is in the works. He is a regular commentator for the weekly public radio program, Philosophy Talk.

The odd commentaries of Ian Shoales are a random feature of Public Radio Tulsa's daily arts and culture program StudioTulsa.

Experience the magic of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. Read more about Ian and hear a sampling of his commentaries... 


3:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

New Slogans For Australia

The closest I'll ever get to Australia is an Outback Steakhouse. 

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3:08 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Honey Bees

I know I take an unholy glee in worst-case scenarios and far-fetched conspiracy theories, especially if they're based on purely anecdotal evidence.

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10:46 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The BBC and Adverts

The pop group was said to have been made so that companies could buy them off-the-shelf.  

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1:33 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Fall of a Polar Bear Expert

I've been told that it's a glorified Powerpoint demonstration.

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1:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Spiderman and Comics and Capitalism

"Where's the money?" wondered the New York Times.

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9:46 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Physics of Locality

Reality, could, in fact, be a popularity contest.

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12:26 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Jane Austen and Her Many (Dead) Fans

Do other tourist attractions have this problem?

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3:16 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

How the Rich are Dealing with Recession

It is too painful to think that I'll lose my Florida cottage.

6:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Planking and the Internet

I hope you will join me at 8 pm at internet headquarters.

6:57 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Neutrinos and Quantum Physics and Such

I like to think that in another world, I'm the Mayor of Europe.