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
1:12 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Notes on the Vast, Diligent, and Undervalued Workforce Comprising "Hidden America"

Aired on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Our guest is Jeanne Marie Laskas, the director of the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. She's also an acclaimed and accomplished journalist whose writing has appeared in GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, and Esquire, among other publications.

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StudioTulsa
10:04 am
Wed October 3, 2012

A Chat with the Veteran Actor / Director / Producer / Writer Bob Balaban

Aired on Tuesday, October 2nd.

He's a familiar and award-winning Hollywood actor, as well as an acclaimed director and producer. He's also (who knew?) a highly successful children's book author. Our guest on ST is Bob Balaban, who tells us about his newest book, "The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast" (Penguin Young Readers Group). In this funny, tween-friendly tale, we meet Charlie Drinkwater, a middle-school kid who's probably among the least popular --- and least noticed --- boys in his class.

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StudioTulsa
4:15 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Joy Harjo and "Crazy Brave"

Aired on Monday, October 1st.

On this installment of ST, we're pleased to welcome Joy Harjo, the prolific and widely acclaimed poet, musician, and author. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She's won a great many awards and accolades for her writing over the years, and has recorded five CDs thus far in her thriving musical career.

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StudioTulsa
3:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

A Conversation with the Noted Ceramic Artist Virginia Scotchie

Aired on Friday, September 28th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Virginia Scotchie, an acclaimed ceramic artist and the area head of ceramics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She exhibits her work extensively throughout the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards for his creations. Scotchie is also the 2012 Red Heat juror; she herself won this competition several years ago. For this year's Red Heat show, she has selected approximately 60 ceramic pieces that will be on view in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery at TU through October 25th.

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StudioTulsa
2:47 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Heather Gerken of Yale Law School to Speak at TU

Aired on Thursday, September 27th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She's a recognized expert in election law and constitutional law, having published in numerous scholarly journals on these topics. She's also been a commentator on these subjects for The New York Times, CNN, NBC News, NPR, and other major media outlets.

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StudioTulsa
6:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

"The Revenge of Geography"

Aired on Wednesday, September 26th.

In this age of instant worldwide cell-phone communication, pervasive and incessant Internet connectivity, and 24-7 airline transport, geographical borders and topographical boundaries don't really hold us back anymore. People with the appropriate financial and legal ways and means can basically go wherever their passports might lead them, and those who blog about revolution or social change in one country might well help to trigger the downfall of a government in another country. So, does the old notion or subject (or field of study, for that matter) called geography still matter today?

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StudioTulsa
12:24 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Economics, Electoral Politics, and Elevated Real Estate Values: A Chat with Matthew Yglesias

Aired on Tuesday, September 25th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with Matthew Yglesias, one of the nation's most widely-read political bloggers and columnists. Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate in Washington, DC, where he writes the Moneybox blog. He was previously a fellow at the Center for American Progress, an associate editor at The Atlantic, and a staff writer for the American Prospect.

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StudioTulsa
3:56 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

An Update on Tulsa's Fast Forward Plan: It's All About BRT (as in, Bus Rapid Transit)

Aired on Monday, September 24th.

On this edition of our show, we get an update on Tulsa's Regional Transit System Plan, which is also known as Fast Forward. The plan was adopted last year, in October of 2011, and operations are now moving forward on the first major enhancement to the current Tulsa Transit set-up. That first enhancement is a proposed BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, that would run along the lengthy Peoria/Riverside Corridor (which is 20+ miles long, from Far North to Far South Tulsa).

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StudioTulsa
12:57 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

The Tulsa Symphony Opens Its New Season with a "Blue" Performance

Aired on Friday, September 21st.

What does "blue" mean to you --- that is, what does it mean musically? Does it denote a calm sky? Or a dramatic seascape? Or a conservative or subtle --- or perhaps emphatic --- image of some kind? Tomorrow night (Saturday the 22nd) at 7:30pm, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season with a "blue"-inspired concert in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa PAC. (Each of the performances in the TSO's 2012-2013 season will carry its own colorful theme, as it were --- there's a "Green" concert in November, a "Yellow" one in December, etc.

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StudioTulsa
6:21 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

The History of American Homelessness: A Chat with Jeffrey Olivet of the Center for Social Innovation

Aired on Thursday, September 20th.

The 2012 National Zarrow Mental Health Symposium and Mental Health America Annual Conference is a joint collaboration between the Mental Health Association in Tulsa and Mental Health America. It began here in Tulsa yesterday (the 19th) and concludes tomorrow (the 21st); it's happening downtown, at the Tulsa Convention Center, and this year's conference/symposium is entitled "From Housing to Recovery." Our guest on today's edition of ST is Jeffrey Olivet, who's the CEO of the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, Massachusetts (which is near Boston).

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