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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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4:34 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Regulating Pipelines Within the State, Who's Responsible?

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There has been plenty of controversy over the routing of the Keystone XL pipeline, and its original routing over the Ogallala Aquifer in western Nebraska's Sand Hills, and plenty of federal oversight. But who has the jurisdiction to oversee planning and provide regulatory oversight, when a pipeline is built over an aquifer within Oklahoma's boundaries? State Impact Oklahoma investigates.
Landowners in Major County who depend on aquifer water say a planned crude oil pipeline threatens the Cimarron Aquifer - their primary water source. Rural homeowners use well water from the aquifer, which also feeds nearby towns and comprises about 87 percent of nearby Enid's permitted water production.
StudioTulsa
1:06 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Eugenics Movement in America: "Science, Nature, and the Myths of the Kallikaks"

Aired on Wednesday, September 19th.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Dr. Michael L. Wehmeyer, a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center on Developmental Disabilities at Kansas University. He's published more than 25 books and 250 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics related to special education, understanding intellectual disability, eugenics, and self-determination --- and he is the co-author of a new book, "Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks." A former Tulsan and University of Tulsa graduate, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:36 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Choregus Productions Begins a New Season of Cutting-Edge Dance and Memorable Music Here in Tulsa

Aired on Tuesday, September 18th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with Ken Tracy, the founder of (and programming director for) the Tulsa-based nonprofit arts organization known as Choregus Productions.

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StudioTulsa
6:33 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Kurt Andersen, Bestselling Author and Host of Public Radio's Studio 360, Reflects on His New Novel

Aired on Monday, September 17th.

Today we speak by phone with Kurt Anderson, the widely acclaimed writer whose novels include "Heyday" and "Turn of the Century," among other books. Andersen writes for television, film, and the stage, contributes to Vanity Fair, and hosts the PRI program Studio 360 (which is heard every Thursday at 8pm on Public Radio 89.5-1 KWGS).

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StudioTulsa
2:17 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

The Middle Class Remains on Life-Support in "The Betrayal of the American Dream"

Aired on Friday, September 14th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with James B. Steele. He and Donald L. Barlett are the nation's most honored investigative reporting team, having worked together for more than four decades. Now based at Vanity Fair magazine, Barlett and Steele are the only reporting team ever to have received two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards for magazine work. (Per the Columbia Journalism Review: "Barlett and Steele's preeminent talent is their knack for combining the micro and the macro. They look systemically at issues and policies, from the U.S.

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StudioTulsa
6:18 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washinton Post on "The War within the War for Afghanistan"

Aired on Thursday, September 13th.

On this edition of our program, we are pleased to speak with Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor with The Washington Post, whose newest book (just out in June of this year) is called "Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan." This book, like much of Chandrasekaran's tireless reporting over the last several years, basically explores America's response to both al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan --- a complex, often difficult, and ongoing military engagement that now stands as the longest war in U.S. history.

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StudioTulsa
3:53 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Tulsa Ballet Presents a Work by Wayne McGregor, One of the World's Top Contemporary Choreographers

Aired on Wednesday, September 12th.

On this installment of ST, we present a conversation with Wayne McGregor, who's the artistic director of Random Dance, which is the Resident Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London; McGregor is also the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. Indeed, he's among the leading names in the ballet world, known for his ground-breaking collaborations in the areas of dance, film, music, visual art, technology, and science.

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StudioTulsa
3:22 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

TU's 13th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Lecture to be Delivered by Deborah Rhode of Stanford Law

Aired on Tuesday, September 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Deborah Rhode, the Director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the E.W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Prof. Rhode will give the free-to-the-public Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture on Thursday of this week (the 13th) at 6pm in the John Rogers Hall on the University of Tulsa campus. (There will be a pre-lecture reception at 5:30pm in the mezzanine of John Rogers Hall; you'll find more details about this event here.) Prof.

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StudioTulsa
3:31 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

"Intimate Life in Market Times"

Aired on Monday, September 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with the widely acclaimed author Arlie Russell Hochschild. Her most recent book is "The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times." It's a readable and engaging --- and sometimes rather unsettling --- exploration of how, in so many different ways, the market enters (and profoundly alters) contemporary American life, particularly in this Internet Age.

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Guthrie Green, a Highly Anticipated New Park in Downtown Tulsa, Opens This Weekend

Aired on Friday, September 7th.

Just when we thought the recently revitalized Downtown Tulsa really couldn't get any cooler.... Guthrie Green, a new park located at the corner of Boston Avenue and Brady Street --- in the heart of Tulsa's increasingly thriving Brady Arts District --- opens today, Friday the 7th, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3pm. Then, at about 5pm, the music gets underway --- and live, festive, free-to-the-public music (of all kinds, for all tastes) is a big part of what this Opening Weekend for Guthrie Green is all about.

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