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A New Anti-Hunger Campaign in Tulsa: "Live Local, Give Local"

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Did you know that more than 16% of Oklahomans live in poverty? Or that more than 23% of the children in our state live in poverty? Or that more than 80% of the students in the Tulsa Public Schools qualify for the free and reduced-cost lunch program? Or that 17% of the residents in Tulsa County are "food insecure" --- meaning, they're unsure of where they'll get their next meal? On this installment of StudioTulsa, we hear about a new anti-hunger campaign in our community that kicked off just last month: Live Local, Give Local. (Go here to visit this campaign's website.) It's an awareness-building effort that aims to combat hunger through collaboration and cooperation by uniting four of Tulsa's anti-hunger non-profit agencies: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Emergency Infant Services, Iron Gate, and Lawyers Against Hunger. Our guests on ST today are Tom Taylor, Executive Director of Emergency Infant Services, and Connie Cronley, Executive Director of Iron Gate. (Connie is also a regular commentator for our program.) Also on this edition of our show, we hear from pop-culture commentator Ian Shoales (who takes more than a few swings at the current American primetime TV line-up) and This Land Press audio producer Abby Wendle (who offers an engaging profile of a former professional cyclist, and current cycling coach, here in T-Town).

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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