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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
4:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

TU's Presidential Lecture Series Welcomes the Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner

Aired on Monday, November 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who's well-known and widely celebrated for his drama, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," which first appeared in the early 1990s, and which was thereafter converted into an HBO-TV miniseries  that was directed by Mike Nichols.

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StudioTulsa
2:07 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Making the Case for "Improve Our Tulsa"

Aired on Friday, November 9th.

On Tuesday of next week, November 12th, the citizens of Tulsa won't just cast a ballot for Kathy Taylor or Dewey Bartlett. They'll also vote on the $918-million "Improve Our Tulsa" capital improvements package, which is intended to fund improvements to our city's infrastructure --- with 70% of the package being devoted to street repair/repaving/refurbishment alone.

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StudioTulsa
1:26 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Notes on Oscar Wilde, "Earnest," Science Fiction, "The Critic as Artist," and the TU College of Law

Aired on Thursday, November 7th.

Oscar Wilde is now rolling into Tulsa, so to speak, in a big way.

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StudioTulsa
2:07 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Barbara Grossman, the Noted Artist and Painter, Is the 2013 Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist at TU

Aired on Wednesday, November 6th.

Today we're pleased to share an interesting discussion with Barbara Grossman, the 2013 Ruth B. Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist at the University of Tulsa's School of Art.

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StudioTulsa
1:36 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Re: JustHope --- "Creating Global Partnerships, Combating Poverty, Nurturing Sustainable Community"

Aired on Tuesday, November 5th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome the founder and executive director of JustHope, which is a Tulsa-based non-governmental organization (or NGO): Leslie Penrose.

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StudioTulsa
12:52 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Paul Davis, the Well-Known Artist and Illustrator, Returns to Tulsa to Speak at the TU School of Art

Aired on Friday, November 1st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we welcome Paul Davis, who grew up in Tulsa and then left for NYC (at age 17 or so) to study at the School of Visual Arts, and who, since the early 1960s, has been a highly regarded and quite recognizable illustrator and graphic artist. Just after his time in art school, Davis worked at the commercial art powerhouse known as Push Pin Studios --- and the theatrical posters that he created, mainly in the 1980s and 1990s, for The New York Shakespeare Festival for plays like "Three Penny Opera" and "Hamlet" are today seen as classics.

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StudioTulsa
1:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: "Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor's Job?"

Aired on Thursday, October 31st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks Dr. Suzanne Koven, who practices internal medicine Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and who also writes the "In Practice" column for The Boston Globe. Earlier this month, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Homestretch of Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Chat with Dewey Bartlett

Aired on Wednesday, October 30th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we present the second in our two-part series of interviews with the candidates appearing on the ballot for Mayor in the upcoming November 12th general election here in the City of Tulsa. On today's program, we hear from Republican Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., the current Mayor of our city, who was elected to this post on November 10, 2009, and who is seeking re-election.

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StudioTulsa
1:27 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Homestretch of Tulsa's 2013 Mayoral Race: A Chat with Kathy Taylor

Aired on Tuesday, October 29th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we present the first in a two-part series of interviews with the candidates appearing on the ballot for Mayor in the upcoming November 12th general election here in the City of Tulsa. On today's show, we hear from Democrat Kathy Taylor, who was the 38th Mayor of Tulsa, serving from 2006 until 2009; prior to her tenure as Mayor, she was the State of Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and Tourism. (We will hear from Dewey F.

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StudioTulsa
3:26 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Stuff, and Our Various, Complex Attachments to It: Dr. Randy Frost, a Noted Expert on Hoarding

Aired on Monday, October 28th.

There's saving. There's keeping. There's collecting. And then there's hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is a problem in our society, and has long been seen as such, but it was only officially deemed a mental disorder with its inclusion, earlier this year, in the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM). In other words, from a clinical/medical/scientific perspective, researchers have only begun to study hoarding in a serious way over the last couple of decades. On this edition of ST, we offer an interesting discussion with Dr.

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