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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
1:39 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

A Conversation with the Veteran Film and Television Composer Paul Chihara

Aired on Monday, April 2nd.

Today on ST, we chat with Paul Chihara (born 1938 in Seattle), a film and TV composer who's been active in Hollywood since the 1970s. Interestingly, Chihara is also a well-respected and prolific composer of classical music --- from avant-garde works to mainstream, highly melodic pieces; from symphonies and concertos to chamber music, choral compositions, and ballets --- and he's still, today, writing music for noted orchestras throughout the country.

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StudioTulsa
1:27 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Jonathan Willner, an Economist at OCU, Rejects Calls by OK Politicians to Omit the State Income Tax

Aired Friday, March 30th.

Should we --- could we --- really do away with the personal income tax here in Oklahoma? The State Legislature is now considering various proposals to reduce and/or eliminate the state's personal income tax; these proposals are largely based on a study prepared for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs by economist (and former Reagan administration economic advisor) Arthur Laffer and his colleagues. But what if this study is, in fact, bogus? That's the claim now being made by a number of well-respected economists across the state.

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StudioTulsa
6:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

"Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration"

Aired on Thursday, March 29th.

Today on our program we speak by phone with Michelle Dammon Loyalka, a freelance journalist and editor, who's just put out a new book (from the University of California Press) called "Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration." Praised in Publishers Weekly as "a thorough and insightful examination of the gritty, arduous side of the Chinese economic miracle," this book profiles eight different migrant peasants in contemporary China --- an impossibly vast and rapidly changing country where, each year, some 200 million such migrants travel from the countr

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What's New?
1:31 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Met Opera Has The Right Tonic: Donizetti's Elixir of Love

Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Florez in L'Elisir d'Amore
Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

 

Airs Saturday, March 31st at Noon on Classical 88.7-1

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StudioTulsa
6:27 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Dr. Laurence Smith (of the UCLA Geography Department) on "The World in 2050"

Aired on Wednesday, March 28th.

On today's show, we speak with Dr. Laurence Smith, a professor of geography at UCLA, about his much-discussed book, "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," which first appeared in 2010 (and which The Wall Street Journal called "lively and impressive...[and] among the first in what promises to be an important publishing category, the explication of how the human landscape will be altered by artificially triggered climate change"). Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:54 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Gloria Ladson-Billings: The 2012 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate

Aired on Tuesday, March 27th.

On our show today, we speak with the accomplished and award-winning teacher and educational theorist who coined the term "culturally responsive pedagogy" --- Gloria Ladson-Billings --- who is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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StudioTulsa
1:15 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

OU-Tulsa's Dr. John Henning Schumann Explains Why "The Doctor Is Out"

Aired on Monday, March 26th.

On today's show, we chat with Dr. John Henning Schumann, a writer, internist, and medical educator at the University of Oklahoma's School of Community Medicine here in Tulsa. Earlier this month, Dr. Schumann wrote an article for The Atlantic entitled "The Doctor Is Out: Young Talent Is Turning Away From Primary Care" (which you can view here). As Dr. Schumann notes in this piece: "It's no secret that there's a looming crisis in primary care.

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StudioTulsa
12:20 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

The Noted American Scholar Andrew Delbanco on "College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be"

Aired on Friday, March 23rd.

On today's program, which revisits an interview that we originally aired in September of last year, we hear from the veteran author, critic, and scholar Andrew Delbanco, who is the Chair of American Studies at Columbia University as well as a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New Republic.

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StudioTulsa
12:16 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

"The Twentieth Century in Color" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, March 22nd.

On today's show, which originally aired late last year, we speak with Keith Recker, the co-author of an interesting and visually striking new book called "Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color." Pantone, LLC, is known and referred to worldwide for its color systems, which are routinely used in digital and print publishing, fashion, plastics, architecture, interiors, paints, and so on. Indeed, Pantone's colors are seen as the universal language for accurate color communication --- and in this book, we're presented with the cultural history of 20th-century America in terms of these colors.

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StudioTulsa
12:04 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Ian Frazier and His "Travels in Siberia" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, March 21st.

On today's program, which first aired last fall, we hear from the longtime New Yorker Magazine writer and bestselling author Ian Frazier, whose latest book (now in paperback) is "Travels in Siberia," which the San Francisco Chronicle has called "a masterpiece of nonfiction writing --- tragic, bizarre, and funny." Further, as one critic of this book has noted in The New York Times Book Review: "['Travels in Siberia' is] an uproarious, sometimes dark yarn filled with dubious meals, broken-down vehicles, abandoned slave-labor camps, and ubiquitous statues of Lenin --- 'On the Road' meets 'The

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