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StudioTulsa
6:26 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

News and Notes on the Hit Movies of 2014: A Chat with Michael Smith, Film Critic at The Tulsa World

Aired on Thursday, December 18th.

From "American Sniper," "Into the Woods," and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" to "Wild," "The Imitation Game" (shown here), and "Boyhood," we're dishing on this installment of StudioTulsa about several of the notable movies that arrived (or else will soon arrive) in theaters in 2014. Our guest is Michael Smith, film critic at The Tulsa World.

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StudioTulsa
2:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Alexander Graham Bell's Assistant, John Wayne's Stunt Man, and Various Other Remarkable "Sidekicks"

Aired on Wednesday, December 17th.

Alfred Hitchcock's longtime collaborator, Alexander Graham Bell's assistant, Vladimir Nabokov's wife, Muhammad Ali's first coach, Ernest Shackleton's right-hand man, John Wayne's stunt man, and the little-known sixth member of The Rolling Stones -- on this installment of ST, we're talking about some of the great "sidekicks" of modern history. Our guest is Julia Rothman, one of the editors of a new book called "The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History," which is just out from Chronicle Books.

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StudioTulsa
4:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

"The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids...and Dangerous for You"

Aired on Monday, December 15th.

Our guest on ST is Dr. George Glass, a longtime Texas-based physician who's also the co-author of "The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids...and Dangerous for You, Too!" While the notion of "overparenting" or "helicopter parenting" is not really a new concept, what is rather newly and widely apparent is that our society's first generation of overparented children are now becoming adults in their own right.

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StudioTulsa
5:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Author of "The Mockingbird Next Door," a Bestselling Harper-Lee-and-Me Memoir, Appears in Tulsa

Aired on Monday, December 8th.

On this presentation of ST, we speak with Marja Mills, a former reporter and feature writer with The Chicago Tribune. Mills is also the author of a bestselling memoir, "The Mockingbird Next Door," which details the time she spent getting to know novelist Harper Lee -- the author, of course, of the immortal "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- as well as Lee's older sister, Alice. Mills will discuss this recently published book (its origins, its development, its major findings, and so on) tonight, Monday the 8th, at 6:30pm at a Book Smart Tulsa event at the Circle Cinema.

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StudioTulsa
2:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Conversation with Ann Patchett, Winner of the 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

Aired on Thursday, December 4th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the winner of the 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, which is annually given by the Tulsa Library Trust. (Past recipients of this honor include Michael Chabon, John Updike, and Geraldine Brooks.) Ann Patchett is our guest today; she is a bestselling American novelist and essayist who's written six novels (among them "The Magician's Assistant," "Bel Canto," "Run," and "State of Wonder") and three books of nonfiction (including the recent "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage").

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StudioTulsa
2:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Regarding Our Culture's Fondness for Villains, Anti-Heroes, and Other Bad Guys (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, November 28th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we listen back to an interview that we first aired earlier this year with the author, essayist, and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman. At that time, we chatted with Klosterman about his essay collection, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)," which is an often funny and highly entertaining exploration of why we as a society are so attracted to -- yet also, of course, repelled by -- villains both fictional and nonfictional.

StudioTulsa
4:01 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Babe Ruth, Lucky Lindy, and Then Some: The Great Bill Bryson Offers "One Summer: America, 1927"

Aired on Tuesday, November 4th.

On this edition of ST, we're pleased to welcome the widely popular and bestselling nonfiction author Bill Bryson. Appreciated for his likable tone, his sly humor, his love of travel, and his gifts as both a storyteller and a history buff, Bryson is the author of "A Walk in the Woods," "Notes from a Small Island," "A Short History of Nearly Everything," "Made in America," and so forth.

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StudioTulsa
5:10 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Exploring the Art and the Myths of Route 66: "Mother Road" at the AHHA Center in the Brady District

Aired on Tuesday, October 21st.

On this edition of our show, we learn about "Mother Road," which is "an exploration of Route 66 by artist Jessica Harvey" that will be on view at the AHHA space (in the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa) through November 23rd. Harvey, who's originally from Chicago, has exhibited throughout the United States, and is currently in residence at the AHHA Creative Studios, is our guest on ST today.

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StudioTulsa
2:51 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Noted 18th-Century French Historian Laura Auricchio Offers "The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered"

Aired on Tuesday, October 14th.

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
3:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

"The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, October 8th.

(Note: This program originally aired in July.) On this edition of our show, we offer a how-does-society-affect-our-mental-health discussion with Joel Gold, who, with his brother Ian, is one of the authors of "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness -- The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs." Dr. Joel Gold is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and was an attending psychiatrist in the department of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center for nine years.

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