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StudioTulsa
2:15 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

"The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II"

Aired on Wednesday, May 22nd.

On this edition of our show, we speak with the author and journalist Denise Kiernan, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Discover, Ms., and many other publications. She's written a number of books for adults and children, and has also worked as a producer for ESPN, MSNBC, and other media outlets.

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StudioTulsa
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

"The Amateurs, DIYers, and Inventors Who Make America Great" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Tuesday, May 21st.

(Please note: This show originally aired earlier this year.) When we say that someone is a "tinkerer," we might be offering a word of praise...or a put-down. Today's edition of ST explores the positive definition of the term "tinkerer," as a creative inventor or innovator.

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StudioTulsa
2:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

The Acclaimed Novelist Nathaniel Rich Offers "Odds Against Tomorrow"

Aired on Monday, May 20th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the widely celebrated young writer Nathaniel Rich (born 1980), whose essays and short stories have appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and elsewhere, and whose latest novel is called "Odds Against Tomorrow." Late last week, Rich did a Book Smart Tulsa reading and signing in connection with this book; while he was here in town, we spoke with him. Set in a New York City of the very near future, the novel tells the story of one Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician who works for a financial consulting firm called FutureWorld.

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StudioTulsa
4:43 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

"50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School"

Aired on Wednesday, May 15th.

Sure, you loved "The Catcher in the Rye" at the age of 16...but would you still love it? You appreciated "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Cannery Row" way back when, but would that still be the case today? And on the other hand, if the plays of Ibsen or Shakespeare didn't exactly knock you out during that long-ago sophomore year of college, do you think they'd still miss the mark? Or might they be worth another shot?

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StudioTulsa
12:15 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

"A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, May 13th.

(Please note: This show first aired in December of last year.) On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Jacob Tomsky, whose new book, "Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality," has been getting some glowing reviews from all over. A longtime veteran of the hotel biz, Tomsky here offers a detailed and unflinching yet also down-to-earth and amiable --- and, throughout, quite well-written --- autobiography about what it's really like to work (in every capacity) at an upscale hotel in America.

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StudioTulsa
3:32 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

"Imaginary Oklahoma" --- A New Collection of Short Fiction Edited by Jeff Martin

Aired on Wednesday, April 24th.

On this installment of ST, we're joined by our old friend and colleague, Jeff Martin, a local writer who's also the coordinator and creator of the popular Book Smart Tulsa reading series, the fiction editor at This Land, and an occasional commentator for this program. Jeff's newest book, just out, is an fun-to-read trade-paperback collection that brings together many works of short (make that "very short") fiction exploring "an Oklahoma of the mind," so to speak.

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StudioTulsa
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

"Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97" --- A New Book by Public Radio Tulsa's Own Steve Clem

Aired on Monday, April 15th.

The "new KAKC" --- an AM Radio titan from the annals of Tulsa broadcasting --- emerged in the middle 1950s, when rock and roll was just starting to make its very significant mark on American culture. KAKC was the Top 40 station in our community, and invariably one of the most popular stops on the radio dial, well into the 1970s.

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StudioTulsa
12:12 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

TU's Theatre Department Presents "Spring Awakening"

Aired on Wednesday, April 10th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome back Machele Miller Dill, an assistant professor of musical theatre here at the University of Tulsa. Dill is directing "Spring Awakening," which the TU Department of Theatre will present in the Lorton Performance Center (here on the TU campus) from tomorrow night (the 11th) through Sunday afternoon (the 14th).

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StudioTulsa
7:19 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Author and Sociobiologist Rebecca Costa to Lecture Soon at TU

Aired on Tuesday, April 9th.

What does it mean when the recent financial meltdown is fully understood by only one American citizen (or two, at the most) out of every 100 randomly chosen individuals? What should we make of law-makers --- based in Washington, DC, or elsewhere --- who debate nuclear policy when they've never taken a class in physics? What happens when people everywhere become more and more reliant on technology even as they understand less and less of it?

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StudioTulsa
3:24 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

A Talk with A.O. Scott, Chief Film Critic for The New York Times

Aired on Thursday, April 4th.

Our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa is A.O. Scott, who's been a film critic at The New York Times since 2000. Scott will appear at a "Talking Heads" lecture/Q&A this evening (Thursday the 4th) at Congregation B'nai Emunah in Tulsa, near 17th and Peoria. The event begins at 7pm, and there's an optional dinner beforehand, beginning at 5:45pm.

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