American Culture

StudioTulsa
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

"The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, May 21st.

(Please note: This show originally aired earlier this year.) 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 term "tinkerer," as a creative inventor or innovator.

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StudioTulsa
4:43 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

"50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School"

Aired on Wednesday, May 15th.

Sure, you loved "The Catcher in the Rye" at the age of 16...but would you still love it? You appreciated "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Cannery Row" way back when, but would that still be the case today? And on the other hand, if the plays of Ibsen or Shakespeare didn't exactly knock you out during that long-ago sophomore year of college, do you think they'd still miss the mark? Or might they be worth another shot?

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StudioTulsa
12:15 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

"A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, May 13th.

(Please note: This show first aired in December of last year.) 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 glowing reviews from all over. 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.

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StudioTulsa
3:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

"How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession"

Aired on Friday, May 10th.

If the stock market these days is surging higher and higher, and if corporations near and far are reporting record-setting profits, why is the American middle class struggling to get by with less and less pay for more and more work? And why, in the years since the Great Recession first hit, does every facet of business and industry seem to have bounced back except for the American work force?

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StudioTulsa
3:21 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

"True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat"

Aired on Tuesday, April 30th.

Food, glorious food --- it's so much more, of course, than what we eat. Food is memory, food is family, food is love, food is culture, and food is community.

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StudioTulsa
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

"Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97" --- A New Book by Public Radio Tulsa's Own Steve Clem

Aired on Monday, April 15th.

The "new KAKC" --- an AM Radio titan from the annals of Tulsa broadcasting --- emerged in the middle 1950s, when rock and roll was just starting to make its very significant mark on American culture. KAKC was the Top 40 station in our community, and invariably one of the most popular stops on the radio dial, well into the 1970s.

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StudioTulsa
7:19 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Author and Sociobiologist Rebecca Costa to Lecture Soon at TU

Aired on Tuesday, April 9th.

What does it mean when the recent financial meltdown is fully understood by only one American citizen (or two, at the most) out of every 100 randomly chosen individuals? What should we make of law-makers --- based in Washington, DC, or elsewhere --- who debate nuclear policy when they've never taken a class in physics? What happens when people everywhere become more and more reliant on technology even as they understand less and less of it?

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

A Talk with A.O. Scott, Chief Film Critic for The New York Times

Aired on Thursday, April 4th.

Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is A.O. Scott, who's been a film critic at The New York Times since 2000. Scott will appear at a "Talking Heads" lecture/Q&A this evening (Thursday the 4th) at Congregation B'nai Emunah in Tulsa, near 17th and Peoria. The event begins at 7pm, and there's an optional dinner beforehand, beginning at 5:45pm.

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StudioTulsa
4:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

"Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes"

Aired on Monday, April 1st.

The 2013 Major League Baseball season officially got underway yesterday, Sunday the 31st, with a night game between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. Welcome back, baseball! And therefore, on this edition of ST, we're talking about the life, career, and influence of one of the all-time great hitters, Hank Greenberg, who joined the Detroit Tigers in 1933 and went on to share the spotlight with the legendary sluggers of that era, including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Lou Gehrig.

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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

"A Map of Tulsa" --- A Widely Praised First Novel from Benjamin Lytal

Aired on Tuesday, March 26th.

Today on ST we speak by phone with Benjamin Lytal, who grew up in Tulsa and now resides in Chicago, and who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Sun, The Believer, McSweeney's, and other publications. Lytal's first novel, "A Map of Tulsa," has just been published, and he'll be doing a free reading/signing in connection with this book tonight (Tuesday the 26th) at the Harwelden Mansion here in Tulsa at 7pm.

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