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
2:03 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Journalist and Activist Tamar Jacoby Addresses the TCFR on "Prospects for Immigration Reform"

Aired on Monday, February 23rd.

From the most powerful politicians in Washington, DC, to the director of "Birdman," Alejandro González Iñárritu, who accepted the Best Picture Oscar at last night's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, immigration reform -- and finally doing something about immigration reform -- is on the minds of many. On this edition of ST, we talk about such with Tamar Jacoby, the president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, which is a national federation of small business owners working to advance better immigration law.

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StudioTulsa
12:54 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Formerly of the Acclaimed Kronos Quartet, Presents a Concert of New Music

Aired on Friday, February 20th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Jeffrey Zeigler, the gifted cello player and composer who's best known for his eight-year tenure with the internationally known Kronos Quartet. Since leaving that collective about two years ago, Zeigler has embarked on an interesting (and decidedly multi-genre) solo career that's found him collaborating with a host of fascinating musicians -- such as singer/songwriter Norah Jones, avant-jazz guru John Zorn, pianist Vijay Iyer, composer Philip Glass, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and so forth.

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StudioTulsa
3:17 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

"The First Bad Man" -- The Debut Novel by Indie Filmmaker and Performace Artist Miranda July

Aired on Wednesday, February 18th.

On this edition of ST, a conversation with Miranda July, the noted filmmaker, writer, and performance artist.

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StudioTulsa
1:19 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Historian Laura Auricchio Offers "The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, February 17th.

(Note: This show originally aired in October of last year.) On this installment of ST, an interesting chat with Laura Auricchio, a specialist in eighteenth-century French history and art who's received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and Columbia University -- and who's also Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at The New School in NYC. Auricchio speaks about her new book, "The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered," which was called "a sharp and moving biography" in a starred review in Kirkus.

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StudioTulsa
1:01 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

"Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, February 16th.

(Please note: This program originally aired in September of last year.) On this edition of ST, an in-depth discussion with David Rose, an award-winning entrepreneur and instructor at the MIT Media Lab who specializes in how digital information interfaces with the physical environment. Rose also founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered the technology used to embed Internet information in everyday objects like lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas.

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StudioTulsa
12:12 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

"This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, February 13th.

(Please note: This show originally aired in October of last year.) Our guest is Kristin Russo, who -- along with her colleague, Danielle Owens-Reid -- communicates daily with LGBTQ youth and families at the award-winning website called Everyone Is Gay. Russo and Owens-Reid have a book out that stems directly from this website; it's called "This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life," and Russo talks with us about it.

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StudioTulsa
2:20 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Hello, Young [and Doomed] Lovers: This Weekend, Tulsa Opera Presents Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette"

Aired on Thursday, February 12th.

This weekend -- just in time for Valentine's Day -- Tulsa Opera will offer two performances of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." This classic opera will be staged on Friday the 13th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:30pm, with both productions happening at the Tulsa PAC.

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StudioTulsa
2:49 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Now on View at 108 Contemporary in the Brady Arts District: "Innovators and Legends"

Aired on Wednesday, February 11th.

The 108 Contemporary gallery in the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa opened a new exhibit this past weekend that focuses on the growth and development of fiber art in America from roughly the 1950s onward. The show -- called "Innovators and Legends" -- runs through March 22nd. Our guest on ST is the curator for this exhibit, Geary Jones, who is himself a well-regarded fiber artist.

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StudioTulsa
3:28 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Now at Philbrook -- "Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection"

Aired on Tuesday, February 10th.

On today's ST, we are pleased to once again welcome Catherine Whitney, the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa, who tells us about a fantastic new show on view at that museum called "New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection." This show will run through May 3rd; more info can be accessed at the museum's website.

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StudioTulsa
3:53 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Tulsa World Reporter Ziva Branstetter Discusses Her Current "Quake Debate" Series of Articles

Aired on Monday, February 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a three-part series of articles called "Quake Debate." The first of these articles appeared yesterday in that newspaper, and the second is in today's World.

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