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StudioTulsa
1:18 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

"The Memory Boom in Public History at the Civil War Sesquicentennial"

Aired on Friday, May 18th.

Today and tomorrow (May 18th and 19th), the University of Tulsa and Gilcrease Museum will host a two-day symposium to announce the now-being-planned Helmerich Center for American Research, a new scholarly resource to be constructed on the grounds of the museum. The symposium is entitled "Material Memory" (and you can learn all about it at this link). Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is the award-winning Civil War historian, David W.

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StudioTulsa
1:32 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

At Philbrook: Amy Wells, a Hollywood Set Decorator Who Worked on Seasons 1 through 3 of "Mad Men"

Aired Thursday, May 17th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome Amy Wells, a Hollywood-based set decorator who's worked on several outstanding films and TV series over the years, among them the television programs "House," "Love Field," and "Mad Men," as well as the motion pictures "Clueless," "There Will Be Blood," and "A Single Man." Wells will speak this evening (Thursday the 17th) at 7pm at the Philbrook Museum of Art; her appearance is a part of the museum's ongoing "Third Thursday" series.

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StudioTulsa
2:16 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

"Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, May 2nd.

On today's show, which originally aired earlier this year, we offer a conversation with Katherine Newman, Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, who's written several books on middle-class economic instability, urban poverty, and the sociology of inequality.

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StudioTulsa
5:05 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

"Homesick and Happy"

Aired on Tuesday, May 1st.

On today's edition of StudioTulsa, an informed discussion in praise of summer camp. Our guest is Michael Thompson, PhD, a consulting school psychologist and author who's widely known for his bestselling study of contemporary American boys and their emotions, "Raising Cain." Thompson's new book, just out as a Ballantine Trade Paperback Original, is "Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow." In this work, he offers an engaging and well-researched consideration of both the traditions and advantages of summer camp.

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StudioTulsa
4:54 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

"What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America"

Aired on Monday, April 30th.

On today's show, we speak with the writer and new-media strategist Mathew Gross, who (along with Mel Gilles) is one of the two authors of a thought-provoking and quite timely non-fiction book called "The Last Myth: What the Rise of Apocalyptic Thinking Tells Us About America." It's an engaging historical study that mainly explores two separate yet related queries: "Why are contemporary Americans so obsessed with the end of the world?" and "What does this obsession actually say about us, as a people?" Did you know, for example, that nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the events fore

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StudioTulsa
5:23 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

One German Word, and the Big Ideas Informing It: Notes on "Kulturtechnik"

Aired on Thursday, April 19th.

On today's program, we offer a linguistic/semantic discussion of technology and culture --- what these two terms mean, what they've meant, what they mean in America as opposed to Europe, and where the ideas behind these terms overlap.

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StudioTulsa
3:40 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Food for Thought...and/or Half-Baked Thought: Notes on "The Information Diet" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, April 17th.

On today's StudioTulsa, which is a re-broadcast of a program that first aired back in January, we speak with Clay Johnson about his interesting new book, "The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption." Everyone knows that many of us --- perhaps most of us --- seem obsessed with information these days. We incessantly check our favorite websites, texts, instant messages, emails, downloads, videos, status updates, tweets, etc.

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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
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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