Rich Fisher

General Manager & host of StudioTulsa

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government.  Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.  

In addition, Rich is an active musician. He’s currently the principal trombonist of the Signature Symphony at TCC, leads the Starlight Jazz Orchestra, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to the salsa band, Grupo Salsabor.

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StudioTulsa
3:26 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

"Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, November 13th.

(Note: This interview originally aired in August of this year.) The automobile thrived, of course --- in fact, it flourished --- in the 20th century. Especially in America, where entire cities were developed around the car. People bought houses, planned vacations, and chose their schools and supermarkets (and so forth) around their autos --- and we still do so today. But it seems highly unlikely that cars will have quite so great an influence on our lives (and our cities) in the 21st century. So, what's next?

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StudioTulsa
5:07 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Modern Masterpieces and Masterful Deception Cross Paths in "The Art Forger"

Aired on Monday, November 12th.

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with the author and writing instructor B. A. Shapiro about her widely praised new 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
1:11 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Noted British Historian and Biographer Andrew Roberts to Appear at TU

Aired on Friday, November 9th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Andrew Roberts, a longtime historian and biographer whose many books include "The Storm of War," which was named among the "100 Most Notable Books of 2011" by The New York Times. Roberts will give a free-to-the-public lecture on "Why Hitler Lost" at the University of Tulsa's Lorton Performance Center on Monday the 12th (the day after Veterans Day) at 7pm. This address is presented by Office of the Provost at TU, and copies of "The Storm of War" will be on sale before and after the event. (Mr.

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StudioTulsa
1:58 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

"Max Weber and the Figure" at Philbrook

Aired on Thursday, November 8th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Catherine Whitney, who's been the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa for the past couple of years now.

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StudioTulsa
6:16 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Team Better Block: Urban Planning in Action...and at Street Level

Aired on Wednesday, November 7th.

In many cities across this country, urban planning initiatives are often celebrated for their fresh ideas or green principles, their small-town feeling or street-level appeal, their overall city-friendly yet neighborly vibe. But getting the folks in a given community to support urban planning goals before they have actually occurred is difficult to do --- mainly because such goals can seem too abstract, too hard to visualize or imagine.

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What's New?
1:59 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Public Broadcasting

LBJ signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
Credit LBJ Library

Today marks the 45th anniversary of public broadcasting as on this date in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act which helped establish public television and public radio. From that beginning, public broadcasting now reaches over 170 million Americans each month through 368 public television stations and 934 public radio stations. 

Here are some of President Johnson's comments that day.

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StudioTulsa
2:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

"When America First Met China"

Aired on Tuesday, November 6th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Eric Jay Dolin, the bestselling author and award-winning popular historian whose previous books include "Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America" and "Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America." Dolin's new book, which he discusses with us today, is "When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail." On this Election Day, after so much stump-speech rhetoric concerning (among several other topics) "getting tough on China," we are taking the long view, so to speak, on thi

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rebecca Ungerman Takes "The Unwitting Wife" on the Road --- to Israel, No Less

Aired on Monday, November 5th.

We are pleased to welcome to StudioTulsa the inimitable Rebecca Ungerman, the great Tulsa-based jazz and cabaret singer and performer who's been a beloved diva / chanteuse / force of nature on our local music scene for the past twenty years or so. Ungerman is taking her newest show --- an original musical, called "The Unwitting Wife," which includes new as well as older songs (some of which date back to her first recordings or earliest efforts at songwriting) --- to Israel, of all places, for a series of performances.

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StudioTulsa
2:45 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

The Tulsa Symphony Goes "Green"

Aired on Friday, November 2nd.

Tomorrow night, Saturday the 3rd, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will present the next concert in its current season at 7:30pm in the Tulsa PAC's Chapman Music Hall. This season's overall theme is "Color" --- and tomorrow night's concert is to be a "Green" evening, with music meant to evoke the natural world in all its wonder, variety, and majesty.

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StudioTulsa
1:19 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

"Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch"

Aired on Thursday, November 1st.

On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish.

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