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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
5:00 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Meet Amy Wells, a Hollywood Set Decorator Who Worked on "Mad Men" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, August 14th.

On this encore edition of ST, we listen back to a conversation with Amy Wells, a Hollywood-based set decorator who's worked on several outstanding films and TV series over the years, among them the television programs "House," "Love Field," and "Mad Men," as well as the motion pictures "Clueless," "There Will Be Blood," and "A Single Man." Wells did an event here in Tulsa (at the Philbrook Museum of Art) back in May; at that time, she stopped by our studios to talk about her interesting work on AMC's "Mad Men" --- a critically acclaimed show that's routinely praised as much for its costumes

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StudioTulsa
3:55 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

"Dan's War on Poverty:A Grassroots Crusade for Social Justice" (Encore presentation)

Aired on Monday, August 13th.

On this encore edition of ST, we speak with the Tulsa-based writer, consultant, and activist Ann Patton, who's published a biography of the late Father Dan Allen, a Catholic priest turned social activist who worked incessantly (and memorably) to combat poverty and promote equality in Tulsa in the 1960s and beyond. Father Dan is probably best known for creating the Tulsa-area social service agency, Neighbor for Neighbor, which is still around today.

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StudioTulsa
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

"The Compass of Pleasure" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, August 10th.

On this encore edition of ST, a discussion of the neurobiology of pleasure,  and of how pleasures can turn into addictions. We speak with David J. Linden, who is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.

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StudioTulsa
11:10 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Ending Chronic Homelessness in Tulsa

Aired on Thursday, August 9th.

On this edition of our show, we hear from Michael Brose and Greg Shinn of the Mental Health Association of Tulsa. Over the years, MHAT has been assembling properties to offer housing to the chronically homeless. Today, they have over 650 units of housing --- and an amazing track record of getting people off the streets and into permanent housing. Their approach is labeled "Housing First," and according to the most recent census, there are fewer than 100 chronic homeless on Tulsa's streets today.

StudioTulsa
3:33 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

"Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Wednesday, August 8th.

On this encore presentation of ST, we speak with Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a noted child psychiatrist and author. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Rappaport is the co-author of a new book called, "The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students" (Harvard Education Press). This book --- written with Jessica Minahan, a behavioral analyst --- is based on an academic collaboration dating back nearly a decade, and is aimed mainly at K-6 educators but will have much to offer parents, as well.

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StudioTulsa
3:25 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

"Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital"

Aired on Tuesday, August 7th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the former medical director of the oldest (and one of the busiest) public hospitals in America, Dr. Eric Manheimer, who worked for many years at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. While internationally known for its psychiatric and criminal units, Bellevue is a full service public hospital that delivers babies, fights cancer, and is a major trauma center for the city.

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StudioTulsa
3:11 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

"How Your Brain Interprets The World" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Monday, August 6th.

On this encore edition of StudioTulsa, we visit with John M. Henshaw, the Harry H. Rogers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and chair of the Department of Engineering here at the University of Tulsa. Professor Henshaw's new book is "A Tour of the Senses: How Your Brain Interprets the World." This book offers an engaging and accessible consideration of the five senses --- taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing --- and, moreover, of how these senses influence and affect one another.

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StudioTulsa
1:17 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Novelist and Scholar (and Former Tulsan) Michael Hightower on His New Novel: "The Pattersons"

Aired on Friday, August 3rd.

On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we're pleased to welcome back an old friend, Michael Hightower, who lived and worked in Tulsa for about two decades, starting in 1980, and who, for most of that time, owned and presided over Council Oak Books. Now based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hightower joins us to talk about his new novel, "The Pattersons," a work of historical fiction as well as modern-day sociological commentary that occasionally draws on Hightower's own life story.

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StudioTulsa
3:52 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

"A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, August 2nd.

The uprising in Syria continues to be a cause of great concern around the globe as fighting intensifies between rebel forces and pro-government soldiers, with much of the combat occurring in and near the ancient trading city of Aleppo, in northwestern Syria. On this installment of ST, as we listen back to an interview that first aired in late May, we offer another story of Aleppo --- and of one of Judaism's most sacred texts. Our guest is the journalist Matti Friedman, a correspondent for the Associated Press who grew up in Toronto and now lives in Jerusalem.

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StudioTulsa
6:17 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" on the Lawn at Philbrook

Aired on Wednesday, August 1st.

American Theatre Company (ATC), which has been a part of Tulsa's local arts scene since 1970, will soon present "The Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare. Our guest on this edition of ST is Lisa Wilson, a longtime member of the Theatre and Drama faculty here at TU, who is directing this production. The play will be staged on the verdant and gorgeous --- and, thank goodness, well-shaded --- lawn of the Philbrook Museum of Art on August 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, with all curtains at 8pm.

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