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One German Word, and the Big Ideas Informing It: Notes on "Kulturtechnik"

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Aired on Thursday, April 19th.

On today's program, we offer a linguistic/semantic discussion of technology and culture --- what these two terms mean, what they've meant, what they mean in America as opposed to Europe, and where the ideas behind these terms overlap. Specifically, we are discussing the German word (and notion) known as "Kulturtechnik." Tonight (Thursday the 19th) at 6:30pm, the University of Tulsa Social Science Interest Group --- in association with TU's recently-formed Digital Studies Group --- will present a free-to-the-public lecture on "Kulturtechnik" in the Chapman Hall Lecture Hall on the TU campus. Bernard Geoghegan, who teaches in the Institute for Cultural Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin, will deliver this lecture, which is entitled “An Introduction to Kulturtechnik: American Liberalism as a Cultural Technology." Geoghegan is our guest on ST today, as is Benjamin Peters, an Assistant Professor of Communication here at TU. Peters is also a coordinator/planner with TU's Digital Studies Group. Also on today's show, our medical commentator, Dr. John Henning Schumann of OU-Tulsa, describes the ultimate in health care for super-duper rich folks --- it's known as "Guardian 24/7" medical coverage.

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 celebrated 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.
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