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
1:50 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Veteran Energy Expert James Clad on "The World Politics of a Changing Energy Landscape"

Aired on Thursday, June 5th.

On this installment of ST, we offer a discussion of how oil, coal, and other energy sources are influencing today's international geo-politics. Our guest is James Clad, a diversely experienced foreign-affairs and oil-policy expert who consults for various energy and investment firms worldwide. Clad is a senior adviser at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) in Arlington, Virginia, as well as an advisor to IHS Jane's and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). From 2002 to 2010, Clad served as U.S.

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StudioTulsa
4:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Art of the Film: A Discussion of the Distinctive, Ornately Detailed Cinema of Wes Anderson

Aired of Wednesday, June 4th.

On this edition of ST, a discussion of the distinctive films of writer/director Wes Anderson, whose vivid, detailed, and meticulously crafted movies include "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and "Moonrise Kingdom" --- as well as "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is still in theaters nationwide. Our guest is Matt Zoller Seitz, a critic for New York magazine who has a new book out about Anderson's decidedly ornate cinematic world.

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StudioTulsa
4:51 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Making the Case Against HB 3399, Which Would Remove Oklahoma from the Common Core Initiative

Aired on Tuesday, June 3rd.

On May 23rd, the Oklahoma State Legislature approved HB 3399, a bill which would, if it became law, withdraw this state from the Common Core State Standards initiative. This bill is now on Gov. Mary Fallin's desk, awaiting her decision; the Governor has until June 7th to sign the bill into law, or veto it, or do nothing (in which case the bill will not take effect).

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Works by Mixed-Media Artist Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga Now on View at 108 Contemporary in Downtown Tulsa

Aired on Thursday, May 29th.

On this edition of ST, we offer an interesting discussion with the mixed-media artist Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, who studied art at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and then at UCLA and now lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As is noted of this artist at her personal website: "[Gakunga's] works are predominantly wall-hanging sculptures created from tin cans, steel wire, and oxidized sheet metal forms.

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StudioTulsa
1:49 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Harmony Project: It's Thriving in Los Angeles, and It'll Soon Begin a Satellite Effort in Tulsa

Aired on Wednesday, May 28th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Myka Miller, who is a musician, teacher, and self-described (per one online bio) "agent for social change through music." Miller is also the executive director of the Los Angeles-based Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to music education for young people in low-income communities. Since taking the helm of this nonprofit in 2007, Miller has seen its number of enrolled students expand from 250 to 2,000 in and around Greater Los Angeles.

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StudioTulsa
2:03 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

ST on Health: "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics"

Aired on Tuesday, May 27th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we speak with Dr. Barron H. Lerner, a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Lerner is also an award-winning and quite prolific writer on the related subjects of medicine, medical history, medical ethics, and medicine and society.

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StudioTulsa
12:26 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

"A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of WWII"

Aired on Friday, May 23rd.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Adam Makos: a longtime journalist and military historian who's also the editor of the military-themed magazine, Valor. Makos is likewise the co-author of the bestselling nonfiction account, "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II," which is just recently out in paperback.

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StudioTulsa
4:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

"The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change"

Aired on Tuesday, May 20th.

What if a bright young guy who had enough brains, training, and ambition to thrive on Wall Street suddenly decided --- in his mid-twenties, while watching an especially "passionate" pianist perform at a concert --- to give up on all the money and glory associated with his fledgling career...in order to start a small, independent nonprofit dedicated to building schools in the world's poorest regions? On this edition of ST, we meet just such a person.

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StudioTulsa
3:38 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

An Important New Neurological Study from TU and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research

Aired on Monday, May 19th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with two faculty members here at the University of Tulsa who are among the authors of an important new research study which appeared last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr.

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StudioTulsa
12:48 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

World-Class Modern Dance in Tulsa via Choregus Productions: Kidd Pivot's "The Tempest Replica"

Aired on Friday, May 16th.

On this edition of ST, we learn about the highly regarded, Vancouver-based dance company, Kidd Pivot. As is noted of this small but accomplished collective at the company's website: "Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot's performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigor, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk.

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