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
12:35 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"How to Build a Hovercraft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects"

Aired on Tuesday, January 21st.

On today's ST, we offer a thoroughly gosh-wow-how-cool discussion with Stephen Voltz. Along with Fritz Grobe, Voltz is co-founder of the EepyBird Laboratory in Maine --- please see website here --- which is well-known for its experiments with ping pong balls, sticky notes, balloons, soda cans, Ivory soap, and so forth, with many of these experiments becoming viral videos at YouTube and other sites.

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StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Rilla Askew's Latest Novel Mixes Reality with Fiction, and Illegal Immigration with Rural Oklahoma

Aired on Monday, January 20th.

(Please note: This interview first aired about a year ago.) We are happy to welcome the acclaimed author (and fifth-generation Oklahoman) Rilla Askew back to our show. Askew received a 2009 Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she is a three-time recipient of the Oklahoma Book Award. Her latest novel, "Kind of Kin," is now being published in paperback; it first appeared in hardback in early 2013. Askew joins us to chat about this work.

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StudioTulsa
3:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Bestselling Author John Geiger on "The Angel Effect"

Aired on Friday, January 17th.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with John Geiger, the bestselling author of "The Third Man Factor" and "Frozen in Time," among other books. A member of the editorial board of the Toronto Globe and Mail, Geiger is, moreover, a fellow of the Explorers Club and the chair of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Expeditions Committee.

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Noted Author, Physician, and Bioethics Expert Carl Elliott Will Deliver TU's 2014 Hager Lecture

Aired on Thursday, January 16th.

On our program today, an interesting discussion with Carl Elliott, a physician, author, philosopher, and professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.

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StudioTulsa
1:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

"Things I've Learned from Dying: A Book About Life"

Aired on Tuesday, January 14th.

Our guest is David R. Dow, a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center and an internationally recognized figure in the fight against the death penalty. Dow is also the founder and director of the Texas Innocence Network; he has represented more than 100 death row inmates in their state and federal appeals.

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StudioTulsa
11:46 am
Tue January 14, 2014

"America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, January 13th.

(Note: This program first aired last year.) On our show today, we speak by phone with David Skinner, an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The New Atlantis, Slate, The Washington Times, and other publications.

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StudioTulsa
12:42 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

The Tulsa Symphony Plays Mozart and Prokofiev with Guest Conductor James Judd at the Helm

Aired on Friday, January 10th.

Tomorrow night, Saturday the 11th, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra continues its current season with a pair of beloved yet quite different masterpieces: Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. The concert begins at 7:30pm in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa PAC. (You'll find more about this upcoming concert at this page from the TSO website.) We are joined today on ST by James Judd, who will be the Guest Conductor tomorrow evening.

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StudioTulsa
4:19 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

"Why Kids Need to Read What They Want --- and Why We Should Let Them"

Aired on Thursday, January 9th.

Our guest is Michael Smith, a professor of teaching and learning at the Temple University College of Education.

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StudioTulsa
1:38 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

"Secrets and Lies: Surviving the Truths That Change Our Lives"

Aired on Wednesday, December 8th.

Family secrets. They're as common and as varied --- and as much a part of life --- as are families themselves. Such secrets, those that we keep and those that we discover, greatly influence who we are and how we live. And our guest is an expert in this regard: Jane Isay is a writer (and former book editor and publisher) whose previous works include "Walking on Eggshells," about parents and their adult children, and "Mom Still Likes You Best," about adult siblings.

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StudioTulsa
1:25 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Meet the British Author and Screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (of Alex Rider and Sherlock Holmes Fame)

Aired on Tuesday, December 7th.

Our guest on ST is Anthony Horowitz, the prolific English novelist and screenwriter who creates a range of different works in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre. He might be best known for his young adult adventure stories known as the Alex Rider series, all of which feature the eponymous teenage spy (who's saved the world on several different occasions). The tenth and final Alex Rider book has just been published --- it's called "Russian Roulette," and Horowitz tells us all about it on today's show.

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