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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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StudioTulsa
1:37 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

"Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age"

Aired on Monday, July 1st.

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. Bernard Carlson, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

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StudioTulsa
11:40 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Thomas Moran's Vivid Color Prints on Display at Gilcrease Museum

Aired on Monday, June 24th.
Credit Gilcrease Museum

Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum is currently showing one of the finest collections of early color printmaking, or chromolithography, in its exhibit called "Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran," which is on display through September 8th at the museum. The exhibit features a suite of 15 prints commissioned and made by Louis Prang; these are prints of Moran's watercolors from his 1871 journey to Yellowstone as a member of the Hayden Expedition.

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StudioTulsa
11:57 am
Tue June 18, 2013

America's Biggest Export: Trash...and Who Profits (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, June 17th.

On this installment of ST, we listen back to our conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes, who joined us earlier this year to talk about his latest book, which was at that time just out in paperback: "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash." This book presents a fascinating and highly detailed profile of America's biggest export, its most prodigious product, and perhaps its greatest legacy: garbage.

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