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StudioTulsa
3:59 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

"Dancing With You After You've Gone" --- A Conversation with Jazz Saxophonist Denny Morouse

Aired on Tuesday, August 6th.
Credit KKCR

On this edition of StudioTulsa, Rich Fisher speaks with local saxophonist and composer Denny Morouse. The Pittsburgh native was a fixture in New York City music circles from the 1970s through the 1990s, working with pop superstars like Stevie Wonder, with various studio/commercial outfits, and with jazz legends like the drummer Art Blakey and the organist Larry Young. Morouse moved to Tulsa a few years ago, during the terminal illness of a close family member, and he's been based here since.

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StudioTulsa
12:13 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

"Eight Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Monday, August 5th.
Credit Stanford University

On this encore edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is Dr. Hazel Rose Markus, who is the Davis-Brack Professor in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a pioneer in the field of experimental cultural psychology. She's also the co-author of the book, "Clash: Eight Cultural Conflicts That Make Us Who We Are," which examines the basic differences in how human beings relate to the world --- that is, the differences that define how we perceive other cultures and people unlike ourselves.  Dr. Markus is a pioneer in the study of independent and interdependent selves.

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StudioTulsa
2:11 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

"Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean"

Aired on Thursday, August 1st.

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
3:16 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Creating Stories, Characters, and Series: Chatting with the YA Novelist and TV Writer D.J. MacHale

Aired on Tuesday, July 30th.

On this edition of our show, we visit with D.J. MacHale, the bestselling YA novelist and veteran TV writer/director. MacHale is probably best known as the author of the ten-volume, YA fantasy book series called "Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure through Time and Space." He's also the author of the "Morpheus Road" trilogy --- you can read all about MacHale's literary output here, by the way --- and he's likewise been successful in the world of children's television.

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StudioTulsa
2:58 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

"Blue Plate Special" --- A Memoir of Food, Comfort, and Comfort Food (and So Much More)

Aired on Thursday, July 25th.

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
7:24 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

As the Trial of Crime Boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger Continues in Boston, a Chat with His Biographer

Aired on Tuesday, July 23rd.

Two years ago, in the summer of 2011, "Whitey" Bulger was arrested. Today, his criminal trial continues, not far from the South Boston neighborhood where he robbed banks as a young punk and then rose through the ranks to become the infamous gangster known and feared by so many; it now seems that Bulger, in his 80s and surely one of the most powerful and deadly crime bosses in American history, has finally seen his terrible past catch up with him.

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StudioTulsa
3:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Notes on the Newly Opened Woody Guthrie Center in Downtown Tulsa

Aired on Tuesday, July 16th.

"The Woody Guthrie Center is dedicated to celebrating Woody's life and legacy and educating a new generation about his important role in American history," as we read on the Center's website.

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StudioTulsa
4:16 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Nancy Pearl Offers Some Great Summer Reading Suggestions

Aired on Monday, July 15th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome back Nancy Pearl, our longtime book reviewer. Well-known for her work as a librarian, bestselling author, and literary critic, Nancy began her career as a bookseller and librarian here in T-Town; she can still be heard recommending books every now and again on NPR's Morning Edition. She was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library --- and was also the founder of the pioneering and widely imitated "If All Seattle Read The Same Book" program.

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StudioTulsa
12:58 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

"Watergate: A Novel" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, July 5th.

(Please note: This program originally aired earlier this year.) On this installment of our show, we speak by phone with the writer, critic, and journalist Thomas Mallon, whose critically acclaimed novels include "Henry and Clara" and "Dewey Defeats Truman." Mallon frequently writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Atlantic, and his newest novel, now out in paperback, is "Watergate." Hailed as "wildly entertaining from beginning to end" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a brilliant presentation, subtle and sympathetic but spiked with satire" (The Washington Post), th

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StudioTulsa
1:47 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

"Hidden Cities: A Memoir of Urban Exploration" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, July 2nd.

(Note: This show originally aired earlier this year.) If you're something of a daredevil, and further, if you've ever wondered what it'd be like to climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge --- or wander amid the catacombs beneath Paris, or maybe just take an up-close look at a "ghost station" within the far-reaching New York City subway system --- you might be a latent "urban explorer." Our guest is an active explorer of this sort; Moses Gates, who joins us by phone, is also an urban planner, a licensed New York City tour guide, and an assistant professor of demography at the Pratt Institute

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