Tulsa, OK – Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt's latest book uses the inquisitive, intelligent American Crow as a metaphor for finding and observing nature in our own backyard. "Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness" (Little,Brown) shares what science knows about crows, and how a common urban species can lead to a new world outside your window. Haupt is our guest today on StudioTulsa.
Tulsa, OK – David Barringer is surely one of our best and funniest writers on design. He talks with Rich Fisher about his collection of essays, "There's Nothing Funny About Design" (Princeton Architectural Press), which critically examines everyday design from the "promiscuousness of the letter X in our culture," to how the cautionary colors of red and yellow have been adopted by the fast food industry, to how evolution is portrayed with fish symbols and the ape-to-man chart.
Tulsa, OK – New Republic writer Robert Wright talks about his latest book, "The Evolution of God," which examines how mankind's conception of God has changed over the millenia, from ancient societies with multiple deities who possessed supernatural powers and human tendencies, to the Abrahamic faiths of today, with messages of love and benevolence alongside admonitions of intolerance towards unbelievers.
Tulsa, OK – The three candidates vying for the District 8 City Council seat debate at the Kiwanis Club. Incumbent Bill Christiansen, and challengers Phil Lakin, Jr, and Scott Grizzle share their views on city government with KWGS News Director John Durkee (who serves as moderator fof this debate) from the Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Tulsa, OK – With Tulsa Public Schools embarking on a school reform process, education researcher and consultant Lawrence Lazotte, winner of the 2009 Brock Prize in Education and a leader in the effective schools movement, shares the common qualities found in effective schools. (Encore Program)
Tulsa, OK – Dr Keith Ballard, Tulsa Public Schools superintendent talks about the district's new Tulsa Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, a comprehensive and accountable school reform effort, which will measure teacher and administrator effectiveness with performance pay incentives for high performers and a call for the removal of ineffective educators. The district has set ambitious five year goals to raise the four year graduation rate in the district from 70 to 85%, and college readiness from 7% to 32%.