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StudioTulsa
12:53 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Tulsa-Based Author Jennifer Latham Presents "Scarlett Undercover," a Novel for YA Readers

Aired on Friday, May 15th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Jennifer Latham, a Tulsa-based author whose debut novel is coming out next week: "Scarlett Undercover" is a noir-flavored, modern-day YA mystery with a 16-year-old Muslim American heroine who runs her own detective agency. Book Smart Tulsa will present a free-to-the-public Launch Party for this book next week, on Wednesday the 20th at 7pm, at the University of Tulsa's Zarrow Center for Art and Education in the Brady Arts District (in downtown Tulsa).

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StudioTulsa
3:25 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

In "The Splendid Things We Planned," an Acclaimed Biographer Profiles His Troubled Sibling

Aired on Wednesday, April 29th.

On this edition of ST, we listen back to an interview that was recorded about a year ago with Blake Bailey, who grew up in Oklahoma City, now teaches creative writing in Virginia, and is the author of three highly regarded literary biographies (of Richard Yates, John Cheever, and Charles Jackson). Bailey has now, in his newest book, turned his attention to his own roots -- and specifically to his late brother, Scott, whose too-brief life was marked by incessant tragedy, addiction, recklessness, and mental instability.

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StudioTulsa
2:57 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

A One-Man Play Depicting the Life and Work of Aldo Leopold, the Father of Wildlife Biology

Aired on Thursday, April 23rd.

On this installment of ST, a fascinating discussion with the Tennessee-based storyteller and performer Jim Pfitzer, who will soon appear onstage in Tulsa in "A Standard of Change," the one-man play that he created about the life and work of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). An influential American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and conservationist, Leopold -- the "father of wildlife biology," as some have called him -- is probably best known as the author of "A Sand County Almanac," which is a literary classic that's especially popular with environmentalist readers.

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StudioTulsa
1:08 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Opera Presents "Of Mice and Men"

Aired on Friday, April 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with the acclaimed American composer Carlisle Floyd, whose opera, "Of Mice and Men," will be staged this weekend (that is, both this evening and Sunday afternoon) by Tulsa Opera at the Tulsa PAC. This widely performed work was first performed in 1970 by the Seattle Opera; other notable operas composed by Floyd include "Susannah" (1955), "Wuthering Heights" (1958), "Flower and Hawk" (1972), "Willie Stark" (1981), and "Cold Sassy Tree" (2000).

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StudioTulsa
5:25 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

A Free Lecture at TU -- "Public Selves/Private Selves: From James Joyce to David Foster Wallace"

Aired on Monday, March 23rd.

Our guest today on StudioTulsa is D.T. Max, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine who's also the author of "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace," a highly regarded literary biography which first appeared a few years ago.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

J.C. Hallman's "B & Me" -- The Writer as Reader (and Fan, and Critic, and Commentator, Etc.)

Aired on Wednesday, March 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the writer J.C. Hallman, who was raised in Southern California, studied at the University of Pittsburgh and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now teaches at Oklahoma State University.

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StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

"Selected Letters of Langston Hughes"

Aired on Friday, February 27th.

On this penultimate day of Black History Month, we're talking about the life and work of one of our greatest African American writers, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the prolific and influential poet, activist, novelist, memoirist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. Our guest on ST is David Roessel, one of the editors of the recently published "Selected Letters of Langston Hughes" (Knopf).

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StudioTulsa
3:17 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

"The First Bad Man" -- The Debut Novel by Indie Filmmaker and Performace Artist Miranda July

Aired on Wednesday, February 18th.

On this edition of ST, a conversation with Miranda July, the noted filmmaker, writer, and performance artist.

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StudioTulsa
2:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

TU Theatre Offers Two Staged Readings of "The Hourglass Project" by Lee Blessing

Aired on Tuesday, January 27th.

On this edition of ST, we present a chat with the prolific and award-winning contemporary American playwright, Lee Blessing, who's working on the University of Tulsa campus this week with students and faculty in TU's Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre.

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StudioTulsa
2:33 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Best of StudioTulsa for 2014: A Guide to Our Recent Shows

ST Shows Aired on 12/26/14 thru 1/2/15

Howdy, folks, and Happy New Year from StudioTulsa. We've been airing The Best of ST for 2014 on our program lately, and hopefully you've heard and enjoyed some or all of these encore presentations.

Here's a guide to what we've been listening back to over the past week; please note that each listing below has a link whereby you can access a free, on-demand "stream" of the show in question. And thanks, as ever, for listening to ST.

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