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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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StudioTulsa
4:32 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

"A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks"

Aired on Wednesday, January 9th.

Today on ST, we speak with the bestselling author of "Just My Type" and other works of wide-ranging, culturally- or historically-driven nonfiction, Simon Garfield. His new book, "On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks," is just out. It's a detailed yet accessible survey of the age-old relationship between man and map, if you will, a study of why we as human beings are (and always have been) so fixated upon mapping things. Cartography, after all, seems to be as defining a characteristic for us (as a species) as, say, language or creativity or play.

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StudioTulsa
2:44 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best of ST in 2012: Jack Hitt and His "Search for the American Character"

Aired on Wednesday, January 2nd.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion we had by phone last year with Jack Hitt, who's a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and public radio's This American Life.

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StudioTulsa
2:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

The Best of ST in 2012: Civil War Historian David Blight

Aired on Monday, December 31st.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion from earlier this year with Professor David Blight, the acclaimed Civil War historian based at Yale University.

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StudioTulsa
11:35 am
Thu December 27, 2012

The Best of ST in 2012: Bob Balaban

Aired on Thursday, December 27th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion with the well-known Hollywood actor --- and children's book author --- Bob Balaban. When we spoke with Mr. Balaban by phone, back in early October, he had just put out a book called "The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast" (Penguin Young Readers Group). We spoke with him about this work, and about his efforts as a writer and actor --- and film producer / director / screenwriter --- more generally.

StudioTulsa
1:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

The Best of ST in 2012: Arlie Russell Hochschild

Aired on Wednesday, December 26th.

On this "best of" edition of our show, we're listening back to a discussion with the noted sociologist and bestselling author, Arlie Russell Hochschild. The focal point of our interview is Hochschild's latest book, "The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times." You can read a full description of this discussion --- and hear a free, on-demand "stream" of same --- at this link.

StudioTulsa
2:02 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

"The Making of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'"

Aired on Wednesday, December 19th.

Our guest on this installment of ST is J.B. Kaufman, an author and film historian on the staff of the Walt Disney Family Foundation. He's just put out an extensively detailed and lavishly illustrated coffee-table book, "The Fairest One of All: The Making of Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.'" This year marks the 75th anniversary of this classic film's initial release, and Kaufman's hefty volume explores every facet of the making of the film, with pages and pages of never-before-published facts and artwork.

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StudioTulsa
1:24 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Remembering Dave Brubeck, a Jazz Titan

Aired on Thursday, December 6th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we remember the great jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday at 91. (He would have turned 92 today, the 6th.) Rich Fisher spoke with Brubeck back in the fall of 1996, prior to a Tulsa concert appearance. Brubeck's quartet with saxophonist Paul Desmond and drummer Joe Morello was among the most popular bands (of any sort) of the 1950s and '60s, and even today, their 1959 album, "Time Out," remains one of the most popular jazz recordings of all time.

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StudioTulsa
2:30 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

"A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality"

Aired on Monday, December 3rd.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Jacob Tomsky, whose new book, "Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality," has been getting some rather glowing reviews from all over lately. A longtime veteran of the hotel biz, Tomsky here offers a detailed and unflinching yet also down-to-earth and amiable --- and, throughout, quite well-written --- autobiography about what it's really like to work (in every capacity) at an upscale hotel in America. New York Times critic Janet Maslin has thus called this book "Mr.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

"Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, November 30th.

How many cigarettes are sold each year, worldwide? Believe it or not, six trillion. Our guest, who calls the cigarette "the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization," was the first-ever historian, several years ago, to testify in court against Big Tobacco. On this installment of ST, which first aired earlier this year, we speak with Robert N. Proctor, Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University.

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