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
2:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Tulsa Ballet's "Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K" Opens This Evening with Three New Works

Aired on Friday, May 2nd.

Starting tonight, Friday the 2nd, Tulsa Ballet presents its final performance of the 2013-14 season, "Off the Floor: Creations in Studio K." This is the seventh year in which the ballet has offered a three-part "Creations in Studio K" evening, and this time around, it will feature world-premiere works by Jodie Gates ("The Angle of Incidence"), Young Soon Hue ("Contrast"), and Ma Cong ("Uniko"). Our guest on ST is Tulsa Ballet's artistic director, Marcello Angelini, who describes each of these works in detail.

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StudioTulsa
1:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Tulsa's Temple Israel Will Host the 17th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration

Aired on Wednesday, April 30th.

The locally based Council for Holocaust Education will present its 17th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration --- or Yom Hashoah Commemoration --- tomorrow night (Thursday the 1st) at 7pm here in Tulsa. This event will happen at Temple Israel, at 2004 E. 22nd Place, and the featured speaker will be Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

"Freedom’s School" --- A New Documentary Film Profiling Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School

Aired on Tuesday, April 29th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Andrea Jobe, a local filmmaker whose latest offering is a 45-minute documentary about the history and development of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and as Jobe tells us on today's program, her just-completed film profiles not just BTW but also the wider community of Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
4:22 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

The First-Ever TU Arts & Humanities Festival: Coming Soon to the Lorton Performance Center

Aired on Monday, April 28th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Professor Sean Latham of the University of Tulsa. He's the Chair of the Faculty of English; he's also the Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Editor of James Joyce Quarterly, and Director of the newly created Oklahoma Center for the Humanities (which is based here at TU).

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StudioTulsa
5:40 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Campus Rape Cases in America: A Chat with Kristen Lombardi of The Center for Public Integrity

Aired on Thursday, April 24th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the award-winning journalist Kristen Lombardi, who's a staff writer at The Center for Public Integrity, and who's probably best known for her series of articles based on an in-depth and far-reaching investigation into campus rape cases in America (which won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other honors).

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StudioTulsa
5:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

StudioTulsa on Health: Notes on Public Health with Dr. Michael Fischetti and Dr. Marilyn Winkleby

Aired on Tuesday, April 22nd.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we hear from two doctors who are both highly accomplished and longtime advocates of public health, which has been defined as (per Wikipedia) "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations public and private, communities, and individuals." The health of a given culture or society, in other words, rather than any one individual's health or well-being.

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StudioTulsa
4:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

"After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa"

Aired on Monday, April 21st.

We are pleased to welcome Katherine S. Newman back to our show. She's the Dean of Arts and Sciences as well as a professor of sociology at the Johns Hopkins University, and she's also the author of several books on poverty, the working poor, and the consequences of inequality, including "The Accordion Family" and "The Missing Class." Newman speaks with us about her newest book, which she co-authored.

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StudioTulsa
4:19 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Getting to Know the Local Dance Company Tulsa Modern Movement (or TuMM)

Aired on Friday, April 18th.

On this edition of ST, we meet Ari Christopher, the Executive Director and Choreographer of Tulsa Modern Movement (or TuMM). Initiated in 2011, TuMM, per its website, "invigorates modern dance in Oklahoma by creating and performing new choreography, promoting life-long learning in the art of dance, and collaborating across disciplines." Christopher studied at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance and attended the Modern Dance BFA program at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

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StudioTulsa
12:36 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Author and Filmmaker Rebecca Miller Discusses "Jacob's Folly," Her Latest Novel

Aired on Thursday, April 17th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Rebecca Miller, the acclaimed screenwriter, author, and filmmaker, who'll appear tonight (Thursday the 17th) at 7pm at a free-to-the-public Book Smart Tulsa event at the Circle Cinema. At this gathering, she'll be reading from and signing copies of her latest novel, "Jacob's Folly," which is just out in paperback; she'll also deliver an introduction before a screening of her 2009 film, "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" (which she adapted from her novel of the same title).

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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

A Conversation with Dr. Paul Polak, Co-Author of "The Business Solution to Poverty"

Aired on Wednesday, April 16th.

Efforts to end poverty around the world are many, various, and seemingly unending. Such efforts might also be, as they say, as old as the hills. ("You will always have the poor among you," as we read in the Book of Matthew.) But what about an especially business-savvy, marketing-driven approach to ending poverty? What if the needy were approached as customers --- and what if poverty-relief itself were approached as a bottom-line, profit-generating goal for investors and entrepreneurs across the board? Our guest on this installment of ST is Dr.

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