American Culture

StudioTulsa
12:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

"A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, June 25th.

(Note: This interview originally aired earlier this year.) There's an old Lenny Bruce one-liner that goes like this: "Everyday, people are straying away from the church and going back to God." In this day and age, there must be some truth to that idea; while it's true that more and more people in this country are giving up on the religion they grew up with or else rejecting organized religion entirely, it's also true that many who have turned away from religious institutions --- as well as many others who've lived wholly without religion --- really do hunger for something more than what con

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

"The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, June 20th.

(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) On this edition of ST, we speak with Craig Nelson --- who's written for Vanity Fair, Salon, Popular Science, and other periodicals, and who's the bestselling author of "Rocket Men" as well as a biography of Thomas Paine --- about his newest book, which is an engrossing cultural history of the Atomic Age. "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" is, as was noted by Kirkus Reviews, "no impersonal 'march of science' story.

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StudioTulsa
3:02 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Noted Sportswriter Offers "Eight World Cups: My Journey Through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer"

Aired on Wednesday, June 11th.

As soccer fans --- whoops, make that "football fans" --- everywhere will tell you, the fun gets underway tomorrow. Yes, it's finally upon us: The World Cup.

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StudioTulsa
4:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Art of the Film: A Discussion of the Distinctive, Ornately Detailed Cinema of Wes Anderson

Aired of Wednesday, June 4th.

On this edition of ST, a discussion of the distinctive films of writer/director Wes Anderson, whose vivid, detailed, and meticulously crafted movies include "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," and "Moonrise Kingdom" --- as well as "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which is still in theaters nationwide. Our guest is Matt Zoller Seitz, a critic for New York magazine who has a new book out about Anderson's decidedly ornate cinematic world.

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StudioTulsa
5:15 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Remembering Danny Lewin: "The Genius Who Transformed the Internet" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, June 2nd.

(Note: This interview first aired earlier this year.) We speak by phone with Molly Knight Raskin, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere; her TV credits include two PBS documentaries. Raskin is also the author of "No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet," which The Daily Beast has hailed as "a fascinating biography, but...also a history of the Internet and those who took it from clunky dial-up service to the speed-of-light marvel.

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StudioTulsa
4:09 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

"The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas"

Aired on Monday, May 12th.

Today on our program, an interesting chat with Anand Giridharadas, a columnist for The New York Times who's also the author of "India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking" (which the Financial Times called "a finely observed portrait of the modern nation"). Giridharadas joins us to talk about his new book, which is just out.

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StudioTulsa
1:32 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The "Collected Poems" of Ron Padgett

Aired on Tuesday, April 1st.

On this installment of ST, we are pleased to welcome Ron Padgett back to our show. This Tulsa-born, New York-based poet, translator, and editor published his "Collected Poems" last fall, and he'll be reading from that book at 7pm tonight (Tuesday the 1st) at the AHHA / Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa; this event is co-presented by Book Smart Tulsa, Louder Than A Bomb: Tulsa, and This Land Press, and it's free to the public.

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StudioTulsa
2:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

"How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness..."

Aired on Monday, March 31st.

"Play ball!" Weather allowing, 26 of the 30 teams that comprise Major League Baseball will be taking the field today. There may have been two games last week in Australia between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, and a game last night between the Dodgers and Padres, but MLB's Opening Day for 2014 is actually today --- Monday the 31st --- and to mark the beginning of the new season, we at ST are pleased to present (as is our custom) a baseball-driven interview.

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StudioTulsa
5:08 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Meet Rebecca Kilgore: A Wonderful Jazz Singer and Dedicated "Sleuth" of the American Pop Songbook

Aired on Friday, March 28th.

On this edition of ST, we're pleased to speak by phone with the terrific jazz singer Rebecca Kilgore, who'll be performing here in Tulsa tomorrow night (Saturday the 29th) in the Emerson Hall at All Souls Unitarian Church. The concert starts at 7pm; tickets (for $20 each) will be sold at the door.

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StudioTulsa
4:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Tulsa Opera Presents "Elmer Gantry" This Weekend

Aired on Thursday, February 27th.

This weekend, Tulsa Opera will continue its current season with the Oklahoma premiere of "Elmer Gantry," a Grammy Award-winning opera by Robert Aldridge. Based on the eponymous novel by Sinclair Lewis and the 1960 motion picture with Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons, this classic piece recounts the rise and fall of a charismatic but unscrupulous thrill-seeker who joins the 1920s Evangelical movement of the American Midwest. "Elmer Gantry" will be staged at Chapman Hall in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center on Friday the 28th (at 7:30pm) and Sunday the 2nd (at 2:30pm).

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