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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
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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StudioTulsa
5:07 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Is Vision2 a Good Idea for the Greater Tulsa Area? Or Isn't It?

Aired on Thursday, September 6th.

TulsaNow, which has been around for more than a decade, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "help Tulsa become the most vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous city of our size.

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StudioTulsa
2:47 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

"Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century"

Aired on Wednesday, September 5th.

Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is Jeremy Kuzmarov, the Jay P.

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StudioTulsa
3:43 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

"Sacred Discourse and American Nationality"

Aired on Tuesday, September 4th.

Last week, the GOP held its National Convention. This week, the Democratic Party will have its turn. And with the presidential campaign now in full gear, American politics --- and the two-party system at the heart of those politics --- is now, more or less, on just about everyone's mind.

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StudioTulsa
3:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Liza Mundy Details a Major Cultural Shift: Women as Primary Breadwinners (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, September 3rd: Labor Day.

(Note: This edition of ST first aired back in April.) A century ago, women could not own property or vote. Today, women are the primary wage earners in about 40% of American households, and are poised to be a majority within twenty years if current trends continue. Washington Post staff writer Liza Mundy calls it "The Big Flip" and examines this huge cultural shift and its impact on gender roles, relationships, and social dynamics.

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StudioTulsa
3:15 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

"How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, August 31st.

On this installment of our show, which originally aired earlier this year, we speak with the author and journalist Mei-Ling Hopgood, formerly of Buenos Aires, now living and working (and parenting) in the American Midwest. Hopgood's new book is called "How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm: And Other Adventures in Parenting (from Argentina to Tanzania and Everywhere in Between)." It's an engrossing and accessible book about what we as Americans can learn from how other cultures approach the challenges all parents confront: bedtimes, potty training, feeding, play dates, teaching, and so forth.

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What's New?
6:39 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

StudioTulsa Turns Twenty!

Way back in early August of 1992, the ever-popular StudioTulsa, Public Radio Tulsa's award-winning interview program (heard weekdays on KWGS 89.5 FM at 11:30am and 7:30pm) first went on the air....

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StudioTulsa
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Connecting the Dots from Amateurism to the American Character (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, August 30th.

(Please note that this show first aired back in May.) What do we mean when we call someone an "amateur"? What are we saying? As it happens, there are many answers to this question. On this edition of ST, we speak with Jack Hitt, a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life.

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What's New?
2:32 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Documentary of the Week: Climate One, A Monthly Dialogue on Green Issues

Friday night at 8pm on KWGS 89.5-1

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StudioTulsa
4:47 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Texas-Based Artist Offers "Emblems from the Margin" at TU's Hogue Gallery

Aired on Wednesday, August 29th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with James Pace, an Oklahoma-born, Texas-based artist who has an exhibit on view at the University of Tulsa's Alexandre Hogue Gallery through September 20th. The show is called "Emblems from the Margin" --- and it includes mixed-media pieces as well as prints depicting various icons and recurring images. A professor of Visual Art at the University of Texas at Tyler since 1985, Pace is an artist who seems to emphasize symbolism, tactility, the American wilderness, and the narrative process itself in his work.

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