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"Which Millionaire Are You Voting For?"


On this edition of ST, we welcome Dr. Nicholas Carnes, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He's a 2006 graduate of The University of Tulsa; in 2011, he received a doctorate in Politics and Social Policy at Princeton University. Last week, Dr. Carnes presented two lectures as part of TU's Distinguished Alumni Lectureship in Law and Politics. The talks he delivered were entitled "What's the Matter with Law School? Some Ideas for Pre-Law Students Who Want to Change the World" and "Why Do Millionaires Run the Country?" It's the second lecture that we're discussing with Dr. Carnes on today's program --- indeed, he recently wrote an op-ed on this theme (headlined "Which Millionaire Are You Voting For?") that appeared in The New York Times. So...why is it that so few working-class people are running for office in (or else serving in) our government today --- that is, at the local, state, and federal levels? That's the gist of our discussion --- and of a book that Dr. Carnes is currently writing. (You can read a full bio for Dr. Carnes here, and you can learn more about his recent TU presentations at this link.)

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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