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
1:18 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Liza Mundy Details a Major Cultural Shift: Women as Primary Breadwinners

Aired on Monday, April 16th.

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.

StudioTulsa
1:00 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Coach Bill Courtney: Subject of the Oscar-Winning Documentary "Undefeated"

Aired on Friday, April 13th.

On today's show, we meet Bill Courtney, volunteer football coach of the impoverished North Memphis Manassas High School Tigers, and subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary, "Undefeated." Filmmakers Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin followed the coach and team through the 2009 season which found them on the verge of winning their first high school playoff game ever.

StudioTulsa
4:01 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Noted Legal Scholar and Activist Lawrence Lessig Delivers TU's 2012 Hager Distinguished Lecture

Aired on Thursday, April 12th.

On today's edition of our show, we speak by phone with Lawrence Lessig, who is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.  A widely respected legal scholar and political activist, Lessig is known for his efforts to promote reduced legal restrictions on copyright as well as trademark laws --- particularly as these relate to the Internet and to other technology-based applications --- and for his sharp criticism of how Big Money has profoundly corrupted American politics.

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StudioTulsa
4:29 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

TU's Theatre Department Presents "The Drowsy Chaperone"

Aired on Wednesday, April 11th.

On today's show, we hear from Susan Barrett, an associate professor in the TU Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre. Barrett is directing a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, "The Drowsy Chaperone," which opened on Broadway in 2006. As Barrett tells us, this funny and terrifically fun-to-watch musical actually began as a spoof --- written for a wedding reception --- of old-time musicals . . . and of the out-dated styles, politically incorrect jokes, and wonderful, jazzy tunes that tend to define such musicals.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard Speaks Out on Cuts to Teacher Workforce

Aired on Tuesday, April 10th.

On today's program, we speak with Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard, who --- like every other school system administrator across Oklahoma --- is working hard to deal with the new reality of reduced state expenditures for education. Indeed, such aid is now lower than it was four years ago. Less and less money for schools, teachers, classrooms, and textbooks means more and more to be alarmed about, according to Dr.

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StudioTulsa
4:08 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Dale Dougherty, Fab Lab Tulsa, and the Budding American Fabrication Movement

Aired on Monday, April 9th.

On today's show, a discussion of the nascent but rapidly growing "D.I.Y. fabrication movement" occurring in America today. Our guest is Dale Dougherty, the founder/publisher of Make Magazine (see makezine.com) --- and one of the leading voices in this movement. Our own Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa, which just opened for business a few months ago (and which is one of only 100 or so fab labs worldwide), is hosting the 2012 US Fab Lab Symposium here in T-Town, from April 10th through the 12th.

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StudioTulsa
5:27 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

"What Teachers Make"

Aired on Friday, April 6th.

On today's show, we speak by phone with the noted performance poet, former middle-school teacher, and current teachers' advocate Taylor Mali. His new book --- "What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World" --- is based on a poem that he wrote several years ago, a spirited and encouraging defense of the teaching profession that has, by now, been seen and forwarded millions of times on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and elsewhere. It's a poem that gave heart to an entire movement --- and in this book we get the story of what drove Mali to compose that poem in the first place.

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StudioTulsa
12:15 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

"The Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, April 5th.

On our show today, which first aired last year, we explore an epic series of political struggles, leadership battles, and strategic deals and double-crossings --- not in Washington, DC; nor in the underworld of organized crime; but in the ancient world. Our guest is James Romm, a professor of Greek language, literature, and history at Bard College.

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Thu April 5, 2012

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StudioTulsa
3:48 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Longtime ABC News Journalist Bob Brown Enters TU's Communication Hall of Fame

Aired Wednesday, April 4th.

On today's StudioTulsa, we look back on the award-winning career of TV journalist Bob Brown, who earned a BS at the University of Tulsa in 1968. Brown held radio and television positions in Tulsa, Houston, and Dallas before joining ABC News in New York in 1977. In 1980, he was assigned to the staff of a then-new program called 20/20, where he would remain for the next thirty years. At his retirement in 2009, Brown had been honored with six Emmy awards, the Investigative Reporters Award, and the prestigious Alfred I.

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