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
1:48 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Getting to Know the Multi-Talented Tulsa-Area Author Stacy Nyikos -- and "Waggers"

Aired on Wednesday, November 26th.

On this edition on StudioTulsa, we offer an entertaining and wide-ranging chat with Stacy Nyikos, an author, writing teacher, and on-the-go mom who lives in Bixby.

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StudioTulsa
3:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

A Conversation with Education Expert Deborah Leong: "Executive Function" and Play in Young Children

Aired on Tuesday, November 25th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Deborah Leong, professor emerita of psychology at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she taught for more than three decades. Dr.

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StudioTulsa
2:38 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

"The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life"

Aired on Monday, November 24th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Chris Guillebeau, an entrepreneur, traveler, and New York Times bestselling author. His first two books were "The Art of Non-Conformity" and "The $100 Startup" -- and today he tells us about his newest book, "The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life." Within the last year or so, Guillebeau completed his personal quest to visit every country in the world before reaching the age of 35.

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StudioTulsa
1:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Decline and Fall of a French Emperor -- "Napoleon: The End of Glory"

Aired on Friday, November 21st.

On this installment of ST, we've got a show for all the history buffs out there. Our guest is author and scholar Munro Price, the Professor of Modern European History at Bradford University in the UK. His newest book, which he discusses with us by phone, is "Napoleon: The End of Glory" (Oxford U. Press). It's a detailed yet accessible account of the final years of Napoleon's life, including the Battle of Nations, the Hundred Days, and of course Waterloo.

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StudioTulsa
4:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Reach Out and Read: Pediatricians Who Prescribe Books to Their Youngest Patients

Aired on Thursday, November 20th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we learn about Reach Out and Read, a long-running nationwide program that, per the "mission" page of its website, "prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.... The program serves more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with a special emphasis on serving those in low-income communities.

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StudioTulsa
4:45 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A New App from the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum -- "Virtual Exhibit: 1921 Tulsa Race Riot"

Aired on Wednesday, November 19th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome two members of the staff at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum: Michelle Place is the Executive Director, and Ian D. Swart is the Archivist and Curator of Collections. Both are with us to talk about a recently created app from the Tulsa Historical Society, which is based on what's far and away the most-asked-about historical event at the THS: the Tulsa Race Riot.

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

From Fashion-Industry Titan to Ghana-Based Children's Rights Advocate: Lisa Lovatt-Smith and OAfrica

Aired on Tuesday, November 18th.

Born in Spain and raised by a struggling single mother, Lisa Lovatt-Smith became an editor at British Vogue at age nineteen, the youngest in that magazine's history. By her thirties, Lisa had achieved her dream career and an absolutely glamorous life in Paris. But then her adopted daughter Sabrina was expelled from school, and Lisa took her to volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana with the hope of getting Sabrina's life back on track. What mother and daughter discovered there changed both their lives.

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StudioTulsa
12:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Two Decades of Caring for Songbirds of All Kinds: A Conversation with Suzie Gilbert

Aired on Monday, November 17th.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening -- on Tuesday the 18th, at the Tulsa Garden Center, from 1pm till 9:15pm -- the Tulsa Audubon Society, in collaboration with WING IT (as in "Wildlife In Need Group -- In Tulsa") and Wild Birds Unlimited, will present the second annual Wild at Art festival.

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StudioTulsa
4:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dr. Walter Piper of Chapman University, an Expert on the Behavior of the Common Loon, Speaks at TU

Aired on Friday, November 14th.

On this edition of ST, an interesting chat with Dr. Walter Piper of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Chapman University (in Orange, California). Dr. Piper is an expert on the common loon -- having studied these diver birds, known for their alluring and distinctive calls, for some 22 years -- and he'll present a free-to-the-public lecture on the social behavior of loons this afternoon (Friday the 14th) at 3pm in Oliphant Hall on the TU campus.

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StudioTulsa
1:55 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The City of Tulsa, the Arkansas River, and a Relationship in Transition: Notes on "The Tulsa River"

Aired on Thursday, November 13th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Robert J. LaFortune, a former Mayor of Tulsa, and Ann Patton, a locally based writer, activist, and former journalist. Patton has a new book out, for which LaFortune wrote the Foreword; it's a collection of essays on and photos of the Arkansas River, and it's called "The Tulsa River." But to what degree is Tulsa truly a "river city"? And are the age-old questions about riverfront development in this community changing -- or else taking on new meaning -- given the eventual creation of A Gathering Place on Riverside Drive?

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