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StudioTulsa
4:12 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

From Journalist Edward Humes, Compelling If Unsettling "Trash Talk" about America's Biggest Export

Aired on Wednesday, March 6th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, whose previous books include "Force of Nature" and "No Matter How Loud I Shout," and whose latest book, just recently out in paperback, is "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash." This book presents an unsettling yet fascinating and highly detailed profile of America's biggest export, its most prodigious product, and perhaps its greatest legacy: garbage.

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StudioTulsa
5:57 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Farewell, Dorothy Parker"

Aired on Wednesday, February 27th.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), the great American critic, fiction writer, poet, and satirist --- that famously witty (and frequently scathing) scribe whose many brilliant assertions include "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true" and "if all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised" --- is now back in business. That is, she's cracking wise all over again, in a manner of speaking, in a new book.

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StudioTulsa
12:29 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Tough Talk --- and Hard Truths --- about America's Public Schools from Dr. Steve Perry

Aired on Friday, February 22nd.

On StudioTulsa today, we speak by phone with Dr. Steve Perry, a passionate, down-to-earth, and plainspoken --- make that outspoken --- education-reform advocate who's best known as the founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. This school has sent one-hundred percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first-generation high-school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006. Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:45 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Chamber Music Tulsa Offers "Love Letters from Tesla"

Aired on Thursday, February 14th.

When Bruce Sorrell was starting his tenure, about a year ago, as Executive Director of Chamber Music Tulsa, someone told him that this outstanding organization --- which will turn 60 next year, and which has been bringing world-class music ensembles to our community for decades --- was "one of Tulsa's best-kept secrets." As he tells us on this edition of ST, Sorrell wants to change this.

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

"The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great"

Aired on Wednesday, February 13th.

When we say that someone is a "tinkerer," we might be offering a word of praise...or a put-down. Today's edition of ST explores the positive definition of the "tinkerer," as a creative inventor or innovator.

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StudioTulsa
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Notes on the Vast and Undervalued Workforce Comprising "Hidden America" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, February 4th.

(Please note that this interview originally aired in October of last year.) Our guest is Jeanne Marie Laskas, the director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. She's also an acclaimed journalist whose writing has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, and Esquire.

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StudioTulsa
3:18 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

"The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military"

Aired on Wednesday, January 30th.

Today on ST, we speak by phone with the author and journalist, Tanya Biank, whose book, "Army Wives," is the basis for the popular series of the same title on Lifetime TV. Biank is also the daughter, sister, and wife of U.S. Army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter, she traveled around the globe with American soldiers. Biank's new book, just out, is called "Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military" --- and this is what we're discussing with her on our program.  Given the decision, announced one week ago, by U.S.

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StudioTulsa
3:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Jazz, Ballet, and Contemporary Styles Blend Seamlessly in the Work of River North Dance Chicago

Aired on Thursday, January 17th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Frank Chaves, the artistic director of River North Dance Chicago, a critically acclaimed dance organization, founded in 1989, that continues to perform at leading venues around the world. This company is recognized for its skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music, and bold choreography. Chaves, who's also the company's main choreographer (and who's been with the company for two decades now), tells us that River North Dance Chicago is especially dedicated to merging jazz, ballet, and contemporary styles of movement.

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StudioTulsa
5:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

It's a Full Menu's Worth of Far-Reaching Foodie Musings in "My Mother Is a Chicken"

Aired on Wednesday, January 16th.

Marcel Proust has his little madeleine cakes. Calvin Trillin has Arthur Bryant's BBQ in Kansas City. And Tulsa-based writer and editor Mark Brown has, well, his mother's bygone fried chicken. Food, for so many of us, is about much more than taste and sustenance, much more than flavors and rations. It's about culture, society, tradition, and practically everything else --- about the past, the seasons, our memories, our loved ones. Food is as basic to the human species as are celebrations, rituals, fingerprints, or dreams.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

"Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents"

Aired on Friday, January 11th.

Talk about the influential use of language.... Did you know that "bloviate," "lunatic fringe," "iffy," "military-industrial complex," "Anglophobia," "public relations," and "ottoman" are all terms or phrases that have been either coined or popularized by various U.S. Presidents over the years?

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