Rich Fisher

General Manager & host of StudioTulsa

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government.  Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.  

In addition, Rich is an active musician. He’s currently the principal trombonist of the Signature Symphony at TCC, leads the Starlight Jazz Orchestra, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to the salsa band, Grupo Salsabor.

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StudioTulsa
12:49 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

"The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World"

Aired on Tuesday, March 31st.

Why are we so addicted to our cell phones, our Facebook pages, our email In Boxes, and so forth? Some say it's a culture-wide (and incurable?) case of "FOMO" -- or, fear of missing out. On this installment of ST, we explore that fear by speaking with Christina Crook, a Canadian journalist. Back in 2012, Crook disabled the data on her smartphone, turned off her email, and entirely avoided the Internet for 31 days. That experience is chronicled in her new book, "The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World," which she discusses with us today.

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StudioTulsa
4:18 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dan and Cheryl Foliart -- a Hollywood Composer and a Music Executive -- Visit the TU Campus

Aired on Monday, March 30th.

On this edition of AT, an interesting and far-reaching chat with Dan and Cheryl Foliart -- a husband-and-wife team who are, respectively, a Hollywood composer and a music executive, and who are both currently visiting TU as J. Donald Feagin Guest Artists.

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StudioTulsa
12:37 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" -- A New Documentary Airing Soon on PBS

Aired on Friday, March 27th.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night of next week, at 8pm each evening, PBS television (seen here in Greater Tulsa on OETA) will air a three-part, six-hour documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." It's directed by Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, and Goodman is our guest on this edition of ST. As the PBS website notes of this documentary, which is based on the likewise-titled, Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:21 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

"Whistler and the British Etching Revival" Now on View at Philbrook

Aired on Thursday, March 26th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about a show on view at the Philbrook Museum of Art through April 5th: "Whistler and the British Etching Revival." This small but engaging exhibition, culled from Philbrook's permanent collection, displays prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910) -- who was Whistler's brother-in-law -- as well as similar works by several artists who came after these two.

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StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

TU's Presidential Lecture Series to Feature an Address by the Acclaimed Scientist Jared Diamond

Aired on Wednesday, March 25th.

Why do some societies thrive while others fail? What makes certain societies more vengeful, more violent, or more war-driven than others? And what can we who live in the world's modern societies learn from those who dwell in -- or have dwelled in -- the world's traditional societies? Such are the questions we explore on this edition of StudioTulsa.

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StudioTulsa
1:11 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The War and the Silver Screen -- "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War"

Aired on Tuesday, March 24th.

Our guest is the film historian and journalist Mark Harris, who's written for Entertainment Weekly, Grantland, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

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StudioTulsa
5:25 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

A Free Lecture at TU -- "Public Selves/Private Selves: From James Joyce to David Foster Wallace"

Aired on Monday, March 23rd.

Our guest today on StudioTulsa is D.T. Max, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine who's also the author of "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace," a highly regarded literary biography which first appeared a few years ago.

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StudioTulsa
5:09 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

A Chat with Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, Winner of the 2015 Brock Prize in Education

Aired on Friday, March 20th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with Dr. Howard Gardner, a Professor of Education at Harvard University, who is the 2015 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate. Well-regarded worldwide for his groundbreaking work in psychology, Gardner is best known for his theory of "multiple intelligences," which basically sees intelligence as multi-dimensional rather than as a singular trait or quality.

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StudioTulsa
4:57 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

"How Should the U.S. Deal with the Challenges of Today's Middle East?"

Aired on Thursday, March 19th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Brian Katulis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia. Katulis -- who recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, and who spoke with us while he was in town -- has served as a consultant to numerous U.S. government agencies, private corporations, and non-governmental organizations on projects in more than two dozen countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, and Colombia.

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StudioTulsa
12:15 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Journalist David K. Shipler Offers "Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America"

Aired on Wednesday, March 18th.

Our guest on ST is journalist David K. Shipler, who reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington, D.C. Shipler is also the author of several books, including "Russia," "The Working Poor," and "Arab and Jew," the last of which won the Pulitzer Prize. He joins us to talk about his latest book, "Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America," which is just out in paperback. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called this work "fascinating and provocative....

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