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1:23 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Best of ST in 2013: "Odds Against Tomorrow"

Aired on Tuesday, December 31st.

On this edition of The Best of StudioTulsa, we revisit our conversation with the celebrated young writer Nathaniel Rich (born 1980), whose essays and short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and whose latest novel is called "Odds Against Tomorrow." Rich speaks with us about this entertaining and thoughtful work, which takes place in a New York City of the very near future, and which tells the story of one Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician and "disaster-probability expert" who works for a financial consulting firm called FutureWorld.

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StudioTulsa
1:56 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

A Special ST for the Holidays: Music and Memories from Public Radio Tulsa Staffers

Aired on Monday, December 23rd.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, our last newly recorded program of the year, we tap into the unmistakable holiday cheer that's currently wafting through our offices like so much thick fog in a John Durkee crack-of-dawn weather report. In other words, we sit down with a few of our co-workers here at Public Radio Tulsa to chat about which Christmas songs matter most to them and why.

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StudioTulsa
4:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

KWGS Host, Private-Eye Enthusiast, and Author John Wooley Delivers "Hard-Boiled Christmas Stories"

Aired on Tuesday, December 17th.

On today's show, we speak with John Wooley, host of the popular "Swing on This" program here on Public Radio 89.5, which airs every Saturday night at 7pm. Wooley is also a prolific and longtime writer/critic/advocate/fanboy concerning many various facets of American pop culture: horror movies, Western Swing music, comic books, pulp fiction, Oklahoma music and filmmaking, etc.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

"Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, November 29th.

(Please note: This interview first aired earlier this year.) Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was a key player in the electrical revolution that transformed life itself at the dawn of the twentieth century. His inventions, patents, and theoretical work formed the basis of modern AC electricity, and significantly contributed to the development of radio and TV. Like his competitor Thomas Edison, Tesla was also one of America's first celebrity scientists --- yet he's not nearly as famous as Edison today. Why? Our guest is W.

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StudioTulsa
12:50 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

"Blue Plate Special" -- A Memoir of Food, Comfort, and Comfort Food...and More (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Wednesday, November 27th.

(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) Our guest is the writer Kate Christensen, whose six novels include "The Great Man," which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Elle, and elsewhere --- and her popular blog can be accessed here. Her latest book is "Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites," an acclaimed memoir, which she discusses with us on today's ST.

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StudioTulsa
1:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Dr. Richard Kurin of the Smithsonian Institution Offers a "History of America in 101 Objects"

Aired on Thursday, November 21st.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, who oversees most of the organization's various museums as well as many of its educational programs. An anthropologist and cultural historian by training, and a former Fulbright fellow with a doctorate from the University of Chicago, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
4:35 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

"Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, October 22nd.

(Please note: This show first aired earlier this year.) Our guest is the celebrated American author, Philip Caputo, who was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in Chicago before going on to write several notable works of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including 1977's "A Rumor of War," one of the most highly praised and widely read volumes ever published on the Vietnam War.

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StudioTulsa
2:42 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

TU's Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre Presents "Beehive"

Aired on Tuesday, October 15th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Machele Miller Dill and Michael Wright, two University of Tulsa faculty members who are currently co-directing the TU Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre's presentation of "Beehive." (Dill is also doing the choreography for this production.) Created in the 1980s by the late Larry Gallagher, this show is a music revue --- rather than a "jukebox musical" --- that moves through the sea-change of a decade that was the Sixties by focusing chronologically on the work of popular "girl groups" like The Chiffons, The Shirelles, and The Supremes as well as o

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StudioTulsa
5:20 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

"The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published"

Aired on Monday, September 30th.

On our show today, we speak by phone with David Skinner, an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The New Atlantis, Slate, The Washington Times, and other publications. He's also the editor of Humanities magazine, which is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he joins us to discuss his book, "The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published," which is just now out in paperback.

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StudioTulsa
3:58 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Acclaimed Novelist Nathaniel Rich Offers "Odds Against Tomorrow" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, September 17th.

(Note: This show originally aired earlier this year.) On this edition of ST, we speak with the celebrated young writer Nathaniel Rich (born 1980), whose essays and short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and whose latest novel is called "Odds Against Tomorrow." Set in a New York City of the very near future, this novel tells the story of one Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician who works for a financial consulting firm called FutureWorld.

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