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
2:09 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

"A Compendium of Impish, Romantic, Amusing, and Occasionally Appalling Potations from Bygone Eras"

Aired on Monday, November 19th.

"It's always five o'clock somewhere," as the old saying goes. And this expression, of course, was as true in the 1770s or 1860s or 1930s as it is today --- and maybe it's all the more fitting right this instant, as we approach the holiday season. On today's show, therefore, we are discussing the histories, traditions, origins, myths, and/or recipes related to various cocktails.

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Points-of-View
3:22 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Enough About Twinkies, Do You Know What's In Them?

The Hostess Twinkie: Gone for Good, or Here Forever?

Yes, we all love Twinkies, but do you know what's actually in them? What is polysorbate 60, for instance? In 2009, StudioTulsa host Rich Fisher spoke with Steve Ettlinger, who made an exhaustive investigation into how the popular sponge cake was made, and how the ingredients themselves are created.  He found that Twinkies were as much a chemically created product as a baked one.

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StudioTulsa
1:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

From the Famed New Orleans Chef John Besh: "A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking"

Aired on Friday, November 16th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with celebrity chef John Besh about his latest book, "My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking." It's a volume aimed not at great cooks per se but, rather, at everyone who recognizes that there are obvious and immediate (and delicious) benefits to making more of one's meals at home.

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StudioTulsa
3:01 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Artist Wayne White and Filmmaker Neil Berkeley on Their New Documentary, "Beauty Is Embarrassing"

Aired on Thursday, November 15th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the renowned artist, art director, cartoonist, and illustrator Wayne White --- along with the filmmaker Neil Berkeley, who's directed a documentary about White's influential and still-thriving career, "Beauty Is Embarrassing." This film premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas, earlier this year, and it will be screened tonight, the 15th, at the Philbrook Museum of Art (at a "Third Thursday" event, beginning at 5:30pm), and tomorrow night, Friday the 16th, at the Circle Cinema (at 6pm).

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StudioTulsa
1:19 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

"Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration"

Aired on Wednesday, November 14th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Dr. Elizabeth Colton, who's still pursuing an active, long-running, and wide-ranging career in diplomacy, journalism, foreign-relations scholarship, and U.S. and international politics and education. Such work has taken her to more than 100 countries; she's taught and/or delivered lectures on six different continents. Last night, Dr. Colton addressed to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations on the topic of "Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration" --- which will be, of course, in this case a second Obama Administration. Dr.

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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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