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StudioTulsa
4:23 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

"Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes"

Aired on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Our guest on ST is Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling "Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know." Horowitz, who teaches psychology, animal behavior, and canine cognition at Barnard College, Columbia University, joins us by phone to talk about her fascinating new volume, which is a collection of essays on how we perceive, discover, and experience the world around us.

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StudioTulsa
2:32 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

A Conversation with Ray Vandiver, Executive Director of Tulsa Children's Museum

Aired on Tuesday, January 8th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Ray Vandiver, the recently named (and very first) executive director of Tulsa Children's Museum (TCM). This facility has existed for the past few years as a "museum without walls" in our community, delivering performances and hands-on experiences to thousands of schoolchildren.

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StudioTulsa
5:36 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Detailed Notes on Prairie Dogs: A Chat with Prof. John Hoogland of the University of Maryland

Aired on Friday, December 7th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are discussing the interesting characteristics, colonies, mating practices, defense maneuvers, and kinship structures of prairie dogs --- yes, prairie dogs: those once-plentiful-but-now-dwindling rodents that exist in five different species throughout the grasslands of North America. Highly communicative and actually able to "speak" via several distinct and sophisticated (and quite discernable) calls, these burrowing mammals have long been studied --- much like, say, apes or whales --- for social/behavioral reasons.

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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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StudioTulsa
1:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

"Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior"

Aired on Thursday, October 18th.

Our guest on ST is Dr. Stephen Marshak, Professor of Geology and Director of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a part of Earth Week, the University of Tulsa's Geosciences Department invited Dr. Marshak for two speaking engagements that occurred here on the TU campus yesterday (the 17th) at noon and 7:30pm. The latter was an address entitled "What's Happening Deep Beneath the Midcontinent?: Tectonics, Earthquakes, and the EarthScope Project in North America's Interior." Dr.

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StudioTulsa
1:06 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

The Eugenics Movement in America: "Science, Nature, and the Myths of the Kallikaks"

Aired on Wednesday, September 19th.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Dr. Michael L. Wehmeyer, a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Center on Developmental Disabilities at Kansas University. He's published more than 25 books and 250 scholarly articles and book chapters on topics related to special education, understanding intellectual disability, eugenics, and self-determination --- and he is the co-author of a new book, "Good Blood, Bad Blood: Science, Nature, and the Myth of the Kallikaks." A former Tulsan and University of Tulsa graduate, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Connecting the Dots from Amateurism to the American Character (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Thursday, August 30th.

(Please note that this show first aired back in May.) What do we mean when we call someone an "amateur"? What are we saying? As it happens, there are many answers to this question. On this edition of ST, we speak with Jack Hitt, a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and public radio’s This American Life.

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StudioTulsa
5:40 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

"Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea"

Aired on Tuesday, August 21st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Carter Phipps, the former executive editor of Enlighten-Next magazine, whose latest book is "Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea." (Phipps will be reading from and signing copies of this book tonight, the 21st, at 6pm at the Barnes and Noble here in Tulsa at 41st and Yale.) Just about everyone knows the basics, so to speak, when it comes to evolution: the Darwinian theory, the debate vs. "Creationism," the idea of natural selection, etc.

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StudioTulsa
5:26 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Dr. Lenn Goodman of Vanderbilt University on "Creation and Evolution" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, August 17th.

On today's program, we listen back to a conversation from February of this year with Dr. Lenn Goodman, the Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. At that time, Dr. Goodman was preparing to give a talk here at TU entitled "Creation and Evolution." An award-winning scholar and prolific author, Dr. Goodman's philosophical interests have mainly been in metaphysics and ethics, with special attention to Islamic and Jewish philosophical thought and their creative interactions.

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StudioTulsa
11:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

"The Compass of Pleasure" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, August 10th.

On this encore edition of ST, a discussion of the neurobiology of pleasure,  and of how pleasures can turn into addictions. We speak with David J. Linden, who is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.

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