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
1:34 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

A Conversation with Jim Murphy, Winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award

Aired on Wednesday, August 21st.

On this edition of our show, we chat with Jim Murphy, winner of the 2013 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature, which is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust. Murphy will be given this award on Friday the 23rd at 7pm at Gilcrease Museum; he will then offer a 10am reading/talk/signing, on Saturday the 24th, as part of the TCCL's Young People's Creative Writing Contest Awards Presentation, which will happen at the Hardesty Regional Library.

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: A Conversation with Dr. Julie Silver

Aired on Tuesday, August 20th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa on Health, we welcome Dr. Julie Silver, an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She's also a prolific medical author and blogger, and her books include "What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope" (American Cancer Society) and "After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger" (Johns Hopkins Press). But she's not just a cancer expert, she's also a survivor --- following her acute treatment for cancer while still in her thirties, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
1:33 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

"Farewell, Dorothy Parker" --- The Sharp-Tongued Scribe Returns in a New Novel (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Monday, August 19th.

The brilliant Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), the great American critic, fiction writer, poet, and satirist --- that famously witty (and frequently scathing) author whose many memorable assertions include "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true" and "if all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised" --- is now back in business. That is, she's cracking wise all over again, in a manner of speaking, in a new book.

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StudioTulsa
1:25 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

"Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet" Returns to Tulsa

Aired on Friday, August 16th.

The Osage ballet, "Wahzhazhe," had its premiere last summer here in Oklahoma; it was first conceived of about four years ago, and was originally inspired by a suite of music by Lou Brock, an Osage composer. This contemporary ballet brings together certain special qualities of Osage history and culture: a reverence for classical ballet (which was, of course, the legacy of two famous Osage ballerinas, Maria and Marjorie Tallchief) and a deep respect also for the richness of Osage traditional music, dance, and textile arts.

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StudioTulsa
6:12 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

More and More Sports Concussions: A Chat with Dr. Pat Bellgowan, a Neuroscientist at Laureate and TU

Aired on Thursday, August 15th.

Why are concussions in sports today --- at the grade school, high school, collegiate, and professional levels; especially over the last decade or so --- becoming more and more common? And what exactly does the term "post-concussion syndrome" (or PCS) refer to? On this encore edition of our program, we listen back to an interesting discussion with Dr. Pat Bellgowan, who's a neuroscientist at The Laureate Institute for Brain Research in Tulsa as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at TU. When we originally spoke with Dr.

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StudioTulsa
5:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Classical Origins and Jazz Chops Galore: A Chat with the Noted Composer and Pianist Amina Figarova

Aired on Wednesday, August 14th.

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with the pianist, composer, and bandleader Amina Figarova, who was born in Azerbaijan in 1966 and is now based in New York City. She began to study music as a child, eventually attending the Baku Conservatory, and became a classical concert pianist while still a young girl. Later she was drawn to jazz at the Rotterdam Conservatory --- and later still at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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StudioTulsa
9:21 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Sociobiologist Rebecca Costa on "The Watchman's Rattle" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Monday, August 12th.

Whether it's the endless instability of the Middle East or the vexing reality of climate change or understanding Wall Street's complex economics, life today is getting ever-more complex. How will this complexity ultimately affect society? What happens when life becomes literally too complicated for human beings? On this encore edition of ST, we listen back to an interesting discussion with an expert on these matters.

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StudioTulsa
5:16 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Look at the Origins of Flowering Plants and the Evolution of Plantlife (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, August 9th.

On this encore edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Pamela Soltis, the curator of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The work of Dr. Soltis has focused on the use of molecular evidence to reconstruct the patterns of plant evolution, and she has contributed significantly to our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants.

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StudioTulsa
1:07 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

"Sirens of the Southwest" at Philbrook Downtown

Aired on Thursday, August 8th.

On today's StudioTulsa, we speak with Catherine Whitney, chief curator of the Philbrook Museum of Art, about the first two exhibitions at the museum's new Brady District facility. Philbrook Downtown is currently featuring a pair of exhibits concerning American art. The first, which was curated by Whitney, examines a group of female painters who worked in Santa Fe and Taos in the early 20th Century. "Sirens of the Southwest" draws on the resources of Philbrook's Eugene B.

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StudioTulsa
3:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Political Scientist Theda Skocpol Names the Problem: Political Extremism

Aired on Wednesday, August 7th.
Credit Harvard University

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with political scientist and sociologist Theda Skocpol, whose recent work has focused on how political policy is made, and more often these days, how it gets derailed. Skocpol is the Victor Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, and the author of numerous books on how political policy has been shaped and changed throughout history.

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