American Culture

StudioTulsa
2:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best of ST in 2012: Civil War Historian David Blight

Aired on Monday, December 31st.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion from earlier this year with Professor David Blight, the acclaimed Civil War historian based at Yale University.

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StudioTulsa
2:22 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best of ST in 2012: "Panther Baby"

Aired on Friday, December 28th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion from earlier this year with the author and activist Jamal Joseph. Joseph's autobiography, "Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention," is the focal point of our chat; it's an engrossing hybrid of coming-of-age candor, street-savvy wisdom, and recent socio-political history.

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StudioTulsa
11:35 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Best of ST in 2012: Bob Balaban

Aired on Thursday, December 27th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion with the well-known Hollywood actor --- and children's book author --- Bob Balaban. When we spoke with Mr. Balaban by phone, back in early October, he had just put out a book called "The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast" (Penguin Young Readers Group). We spoke with him about this work, and about his efforts as a writer and actor --- and film producer / director / screenwriter --- more generally.

StudioTulsa
1:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

The Best of ST in 2012: Arlie Russell Hochschild

Aired on Wednesday, December 26th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion with the noted sociologist and bestselling author, Arlie Russell Hochschild. The focal point of our interview is Hochschild's latest book, "The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times." You can read a full description of this discussion --- and hear a free, on-demand "stream" of same --- at this link.

StudioTulsa
2:02 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

"The Making of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'"

Aired on Wednesday, December 19th.

Our guest on this installment of ST is J.B. Kaufman, an author and film historian on the staff of the Walt Disney Family Foundation. He's just put out an extensively detailed and lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, "The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.'" This year marks the 75th anniversary of this classic film's initial release, and Kaufman's hefty volume explores every facet of the making of the film, with pages and pages of never-before-published facts and artwork.

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StudioTulsa
3:18 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

At OSU-Tulsa, a Screening of "Age of Champions" --- A Documentary on the National Senior Olympics

Aired on Monday, December 10th.

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with Keith Ochwat, the Managing Director of the non-profit Documentary Foundation, which has produced some notable films that have appeared on PBS-TV. This organization's latest film, "Age of Champions," is due to appear on PBS in 2013. It's an inspiring, highly engaging group portrait of several different athletes/participants in the National Senior Olympics, and Ochwat is the film's producer.

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StudioTulsa
1:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Remembering Dave Brubeck, a Jazz Titan

Aired on Thursday, December 6th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we remember the great jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday at 91. (He would have turned 92 today, the 6th.) Rich Fisher spoke with Brubeck back in the fall of 1996, prior to a Tulsa concert appearance. Brubeck's quartet with saxophonist Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello was among the most popular bands (of any sort) of the 1950s and '60s, and even today, their 1959 album, "Time Out," remains one of the most popular jazz recordings of all time.

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StudioTulsa
2:30 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

"A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality"

Aired on Monday, December 3rd.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Jacob Tomsky, whose new book, "Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality," has been getting some rather glowing reviews from all over lately. A longtime veteran of the hotel biz, Tomsky here offers a detailed and unflinching yet also down-to-earth and amiable --- and, throughout, quite well-written --- autobiography about what it's really like to work (in every capacity) at an upscale hotel in America. New York Times critic Janet Maslin has thus called this book "Mr.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

"Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, November 30th.

How many cigarettes are sold each year, worldwide? Believe it or not, six trillion. Our guest, who calls the cigarette "the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization," was the first-ever historian, several years ago, to testify in court against Big Tobacco. On this installment of ST, which first aired earlier this year, we speak with Robert N. Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.

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StudioTulsa
3:48 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Writer, Editor, and Radio Storyteller Davy Rothbart (Author of "My Heart Is an Idiot") Visits Tulsa

Aired on Thursday, November 29th.

On today's show, we speak by phone with Davy Rothbart, a writer, editor, filmmaker, and contributor to public radio's "This American Life." He's also the founder/publisher of the popular "Found Magazine," which collects discarded notes, letters, photos, lists, and drawings that are both discovered and sent in by its readers.

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