Meghann Ray

Development Associate

She’s back! In the second grade, Meghann was put in charge of watching her Papa Reuben at the front doors of Kendall Hall. She was to make sure he stayed put while her nana and mother parked the car. Needless to say, the two of them wandered off and got lost. They were found at the round red bench outside the Public Radio Tulsa office and studio. It is only fitting that more than twenty-one years later, Meghann joins the staff as the Development Associate.

A University of Tulsa alumna, Meghann has spent the past decade in the non-profit social services sector working in communications, fundraising and special events. She is an avid and passionate community advocate and says her life’s mission is to make a difference locally and beyond. Meghann believes Public Radio Tulsa is an integral part of our community.  

Edward Hopper Was Here

Nov 22, 2019

The name "Edward Hopper" is almost synonymous with loneliness. Hotels and motels play a central role in Hopper’s art. EDWARD HOPPER AND THE AMERICAN HOTEL recently opened at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. It's the first in-depth look at this side of Hopper’s work and features a recreated room based on Hopper’s “Western Motel.” The space serves as a fully functional hotel room. On this episode of MC, we chat with the show’s curator, Dr. Leo Mazow.

NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump November 13, 2019. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Mindy Ratner fell hopelessly in love with radio as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she volunteered at an on-campus student station.  Lucky for us, her love affair with radio continues, and we hear her most afternoons on KWTU Classical 88.7!

Rebecca Howard

Ten Books
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

A friend with unrelenting insomnia stumbled upon a little literary gem known as One Grand: Desert Island Books. Their “About Us” description reads: a curated bookstore in which celebrated thinkers, writers, artists, and other creative minds share the ten books they would take to their metaphorical desert island…” 

Um. What? 

Building Stories

Nov 4, 2019

Sometimes a place becomes a museum by accident. This takes a combination of history, people, luck, notoriety, and (of course) art. One of the best examples of this rare occurrence is the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Acclaimed author Fiona Davis writes novels about famous New York buildings. She recently wrote one about the Chelsea Hotel, so we checked in with her to talk about it. 

Springsteen’s Stuff

Oct 20, 2019

Bruce Springsteen just turned 70. But The Boss shows no signs of slowing down. In his hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, there’s a new exhibition at the Monmouth County Historical Association. It’s called, quite simply, SPRINGSTEEN: HIS HOMETOWN. On this episode, we're talking all things Bruce with Eileen Chapman, Director of The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.

 

Fall (SPOOKY) Specials

Oct 10, 2019

Snap Judgment Presents: SPOOKED  /  October 22nd and 29th, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  /  October 31st, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.  /  KWGS Public Radio 89.5  /  LISTEN LIVE 

At the Center of the Page 
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

I deeply believe in the power of reading. Reading fiction, I think, is especially powerful. I understand that this statement reflects my bias, but I think when you are reading for clarity, sense-making, and empathy, fiction reigns. For me fiction allows for a more deeply personal connection between reader and story. 

In 2013, while looking through a forgotten box of materials, Dr. Seuss’ widow, Audrey Geisel, discovered a folder containing a collection of sketches for a project called “The Horse Museum.” It was only about 80% finished and contained no completed artwork. Editors at Random House set out to complete the book and hired Australian illustrator Andrew Joyner to provide the art. A true love letter to museums and a wonderful primer on art history, “Dr. Seuss’ Horse Museum” was released just a few weeks ago.

Spoiler: Adam Lerner isn’t your average museum director. For the past 10 years, he ran the show at MCA Denver. His impact on that institution, on the Mile High City, and in many ways, on the museum industry itself, is undeniable. Adam recently stepped down to explore new adventures. Before he left, we were asked to come and do an exit interview of sorts. This is our conversation, recorded live in Denver. 

 

LOVE PUBLIC RADIO TULSA

Sep 12, 2019

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT IT! 
When you value something, you want to support it, nurture it, and see it grow.  For tens of thousands of listeners across northeast Oklahoma, Public Radio Tulsa is thesource for exceptional reporting and in-depth analysis, captivating storytelling and glorious music.  And the single largest source of funds for Public Radio Tulsa?  Listeners just like you. 

SUPPORT

Sep 12, 2019

SUPPORT

Sep 12, 2019

It’s Back-to-School! with Jonathan Franzen 
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Tulsa Ballet

Public Radio Tulsa members can get $10 off tickets to see Tulsa Ballet’s Creations in Studio K, now through September 22nd. Get moved with bold contemporary works by some of the world’s in-demand choreographers. 

Renew

Sep 10, 2019
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During our summer break, we headed down to Atlanta to interview the hip-hop artist and activist, Killer Mike. He's known widely for his work with Run The Jewels, but this trip was to talk about museums. Specifically, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. A little over a year ago, Mike became a board member at The High. We wanted to check in and see how it's going. We also welcome High Museum Director Rand Suffolk. (Recorded at the studios of Atlanta public radio station WABE.)

APM Reports’ award-winning documentary team created a three-part education series for back-to-school 2019. The hour-long episodes, hosted by Stephen Smith, cover varying topicsts beginning Thursday, August 8 at noon and rebroadcasted Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. LISTEN LIVE each Thursday and Friday HERE.

My first experience with public radio was a stormy night without electricity in my parents’ bedroom. The whole family gathered around the battery-powered radio on my dad’s nightstand, and listened to a story about a mysterious black cat. When the power came back, the family returned to the regularly scheduled programs of Saturday morning cartoons. It wasn’t until my high school French teacher recounted a news story from NPR that I realized that there was so much more to radio than Top 40. Since then, I have been an avid Public Radio Tulsa listener.

Readers’ Advisory to the Rescue! (Exciting Conclusion!)
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

What should I read next? 

Spend your Fourth of July with Public Radio Tulsa! 

 

Capitol Steps 4th of July edition "Politics Takes A Holiday" 
11:00 a.m. on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | Listen Live

 

Jason Lee

For our 2019 Summer Special, we chat at length with the photographer, actor, and legendary skateboarder, Jason Lee. He spent a good portion of 2018 road-tripping throughout Oklahoma while taking photographs (film only; no digital) for his first-ever solo museum show. That show is on view here in Tulsa at Philbrook Downtown through November 10th. 

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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. As we approach the 50th anniversary of that triumph, KWGS 89.5 Public Radio 89.5 will air a series of documentaries related to that giant leap for mankind. 

 

Readers’ Advisory to the Rescue!
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library 

Show Dad the Love

Jun 11, 2019

If you have a Dad, or a Dad-figure, in your life who loves public radio the way you do, tell him thanks this Father’s Day on Public Radio Tulsa!  

Rhythm Atlas

Tune in to The Rhythm Atlas, hosted by Denis McGilvray, on Sunday, June 9th for a special Dylan Around the World show. Inspired by the inaugural World of Bob Dylan Symposium hosted by The University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the Bob Dylan Archive, this program will feature the songs of Bob Dylan as covered by artists from all over the globe. You’ll hear performers from France, the British Isles, Jamaica, India, South Africa, Turkey, and more.

Rhythm Atlas

Tune in to The Rhythm Atlas, hosted by Denis McGilvray, on Sunday, June 9th for a special Dylan Around the World show. Inspired by the inaugural World of Bob Dylan Symposium hosted by The University of Tulsa’s Institute for Bob Dylan Studies and the Bob Dylan Archive, this program will feature the songs of Bob Dylan as covered by artists from all over the globe.

For our Season 2 finale, Museum Confidential headed down to the Big Easy for a live show to kick off the annual conference of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). We set up shop inside the beautiful and mouth-watering Southern Food and Beverage Museum for a chat with Don Wildman, host of the long-running Travel Channel show, "Mysteries at the Museum."

If you donated to Public Radio Tulsa this last year, you’re part of the community of listeners whose gifts help pay for the programs you love. Now we’re saying “thank you” with a PARTY!

APM

Neuroscientists and gerontologists see evidence that people become more vulnerable to financial exploitation as they age. Con artists, fraudsters, even family, friends, and caregivers take money from seniors and abuse their trust. According to researchers, the shame of these crimes prevents victims from reporting or talking about them, creating a crucial public policy issue.

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