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StudioTulsa
12:47 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

"A History of How We Cook and Eat" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, March 21st.

(Please note: This interview originally aired in November of last year.) On this installment of ST, a fascinating book about culture, cuisine, customs, cutlery, crockery, and civilization itself.

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StudioTulsa
3:07 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Modern Masterpieces and Masterful Deception Cross Paths in "The Art Forger" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, March 12th.

(Please note: This program originally aired last year.) On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with the author and writing instructor B. A. Shapiro about her widely praised novel, "The Art Forger." In 1990, more than a dozen works of art (today worth, in sum, $500+ million) were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, but in this equally fascinating and entertaining novel, our heroine --- Claire Roth, a struggling young artist --- learns more about this theft than she ever bargained for.

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StudioTulsa
5:57 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

"Farewell, Dorothy Parker"

Aired on Wednesday, February 27th.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), the great American critic, fiction writer, poet, and satirist --- that famously witty (and frequently scathing) scribe whose many brilliant assertions include "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true" and "if all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised" --- is now back in business. That is, she's cracking wise all over again, in a manner of speaking, in a new book.

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StudioTulsa
3:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

TU Theatre Presents Two Plays about World War II: "Biloxi Blues" and "Waiting for the Parade"

Aired on Friday, February 15th.

Our two guests on this edition of ST are Michael Wright and Steven Marzolf. Both are directing plays currently being presented in repertory by the TU Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre; Wright is directing Neil Simon's classic comedy/drama, "Biloxi Blues," which opens tonight, and Marzolf is directing John Murrell's "Waiting for the Parade," which opened last night. Both plays concern the Second World War, yet they differ in some interesting ways --- for example, Simon's play is essentially an all-male saga about coming of age amid the struggles of basic training in the U.S.

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

"The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great"

Aired on Wednesday, February 13th.

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 "tinkerer," as a creative inventor or innovator.

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StudioTulsa
1:58 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Music Appreciation: Some Fun, Fanciful, and Funky Tunes for Fat Tuesday 2013

Aired on Tuesday, February 12th.

On today's ST, we're spinning a seriously tasty variety --- a gumbo, in fact --- of great Mardi Gras music with Denis McGilvray, a local music blogger and longtime New Orleans music enthusiast.

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StudioTulsa
5:40 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Notes on the Vast and Undervalued Workforce Comprising "Hidden America" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, February 4th.

(Please note that this interview originally aired in October of last year.) Our guest is Jeanne Marie Laskas, the director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. She's also an acclaimed journalist whose writing has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, and Esquire.

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StudioTulsa
12:14 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Choreographer Val Caniparoli Returns to Tulsa Ballet with "Lady of the Camellias"

Aired on Tuesday, January 29th.

Tulsa Ballet will soon present "Lady of the Camellias," with performances scheduled for February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the Tulsa PAC.

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StudioTulsa
5:30 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

It's a Full Menu's Worth of Far-Reaching Foodie Musings in "My Mother Is a Chicken"

Aired on Wednesday, January 16th.

Marcel Proust has his little madeleine cakes. Calvin Trillin has Arthur Bryant's BBQ in Kansas City. And Tulsa-based writer and editor Mark Brown has, well, his mother's bygone fried chicken. Food, for so many of us, is about much more than taste and sustenance, much more than flavors and rations. It's about culture, society, tradition, and practically everything else --- about the past, the seasons, our memories, our loved ones. Food is as basic to the human species as are celebrations, rituals, fingerprints, or dreams.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

"Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents"

Aired on Friday, January 11th.

Talk about the influential use of language.... Did you know that "bloviate," "lunatic fringe," "iffy," "military-industrial complex," "Anglophobia," "public relations," and "ottoman" are all terms or phrases that have been either coined or popularized by various U.S. Presidents over the years?

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