Spain

(Note: This interview originally aired in late October.) We speak with author and journalist Kirstin Downey, whose new book is "Isabella: The Warrior Queen." It's an engrossing biography of Isabella of Castile, the powerful Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

On this Veterans Day edition of StudioTulsa, we're talking about a certain classic novel that came out of World War I, "The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse" by the Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and about a silent-film epic, from 1921, which had the same title, and which was based on this novel -- and which also introduced audiences around the globe to an unknown actor named Rudolph Valentino.

On this edition of ST, we speak with author and journalist Kirstin Downey, whose new book, just out from Doubleday, is "Isabella: The Warrior Queen." It's an engrossing biography of Isabella of Castile, the powerful Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Dr. Paul Lewicki, the CEO of StatSoft, a Tulsa-based company (established in 1984 as a partnership of a group of university professors and scientists) that makes business-analytical software, and that now has 30 offices worldwide. Recently, Dr. Lewicki issued a remarkable challenge --- he wrote an open letter to software CEOs across the US, urging them to provide free software to the three countries that have been especially hard-hit by the ongoing Eurozone crisis: Greece, Portugal, and Spain.