American Culture

StudioTulsa
5:05 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

"Blind but Now I See: The Biography of Music Legend Doc Watson"

Aired on Thursday, July 5th.

On this installment of ST, we're looking back on the life and music of the late Doc Watson, who died in May at the age of 89. Watson was a truly legendary guitarist and singer whose work in the realms of folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and gospel music won him several Grammy Awards and universal acclaim. Despite being blind from infancy, he had a long and highly influential career; his guitar-playing (and especially his flat-picking skills) as well as his vast knowledge of traditional American music were, and still are, considered unequaled.

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StudioTulsa
4:10 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Yale University Historian David Blight on How We Remember the Civil War

Aired on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Tomorrow, of course, is the Fourth of July, America's birthday. But, in the meantime, today (July 3rd) is the 149th anniversary of Pickett's Charge, the failed Confederate infantry assault on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg: the unsuccessful attack (named for Maj. Gen. George Pickett) that's now basically seen as the beginning of the end of the Southern war effort.

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StudioTulsa
3:18 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

At Philbrook --- "Stamps of Approval: Pioneers of American Industrial Design"

Aired on Friday, June 29th.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Derry Noyes, an art diretor and graphic designer with the US Postal Service (you can read her bio here). Noyes was the art director a series of Forever US Postage stamps created in 2011 to salute such pioneering American industrial designers as Norman Bel Geddes, Russell Wright, Henry Dreyfuss, and Walter Dorwin Teague.

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StudioTulsa
4:19 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

The Outstanding Jazz Pianist Aaron Goldberg Plays the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Aired on Wednesday, June 27th.

Our guest on this installment of ST is the widely celebrated NYC-based jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg (born in Boston in 1974), whose playing has been tagged by The New York Times as "versatile and impressive, and he swings hard.... [He's a] sharp young pianist with a superb rhythm section." He has been active on the national/international jazz scene since the early 1990s, playing with everyone from Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Al Foster, and Terry Gibbs, to Joshua Redman, Mark Turner, Ali Jackson, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

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StudioTulsa
1:54 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

At Gilcrease --- "Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon"

Aired on Friday, June 22nd.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we're joined by Elizabeth Chambers, the collections manager for the Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, and Gardens, who's currently in town to help set-up a show opening at the Gilcrease Museum on Sunday the 24th. It's a traveling exhibit, "Discover the Real George Washington: New Views from Mount Vernon," that will be on view at Gilcrease through September 23rd. What do we know, for certain, about "the Father of Our Country"?

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StudioTulsa
3:54 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Nancy Pearl Offers Her Summer Reading List

Aired Monday, June 18th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, Nancy Pearl, our longtime book expert and the author of four "Book Lust" volumes of recommended reading --- and now, also, the curator of Amazon.com's new series of reprints of classic, out-of-print books --- offers her summer reading list. (Summer arrives, officially, on Wednesday the 20th!) Here is Nancy's list:

"A Partial History of Lost Causes" by Jennifer Dubois

"After Life" by Rhian Ellis

"The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

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StudioTulsa
2:39 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Jeff Martin, Book Smart Tulsa, and 100 Cool (and Local) Literary Events (and Counting)

Aired on Tuesday, June 12th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with our old friend Jeff Martin, who occasionally contributes commentaries to ST, works as the Online Communities Manager at Philbrook Museum of Art, and is the founder/mastermind behind the ongoing (and non-profit) Book Smart Tulsa series of readings/signings. This always-active, ever-engaging literary series --- which has been popular with Tulsa book-lovers of all sorts since its inception three years ago (or so) --- will present its 100th event tonight, Tuesday the 12th, at 7pm at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
4:07 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Joseph Velasquez and His Drive-By Press

Aired on Friday, June 1st.

On this edition of our show, we speak with the artist Joseph Velasquez, who has an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the co-founder of the Dirty Printmakers of America, is a curator at the SlingShot Gallery (in Madison, WI), and is one of the creators/participants/educators behind Drive-By Press (which, per its website, is on a "mission to share [its] enthusiasm for printmaking with audiences everywhere.") Now based in Austin, Texas, Velasquez tells us that he began Drive-By Press in order to give demonstrations --- from the back of his truck --- of relief printing,

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StudioTulsa
12:40 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Taking a Peek Inside "The Innovator's Cookbook" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, May 28th.

On this edition of ST, which originally aired last fall, we welcome back Steven Johnson, the bestselling and award-winning author of several books on science and technology.

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StudioTulsa
1:02 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Connecting the Dots from Amateurism to the American Character

Aired on Thursday, May 24th.

What do we mean when we call someone an "amateur"? What are we saying? As it happens, there are many answers to this question. On this edition of ST, we speak with Jack Hitt, a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life.

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