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Political Scientist Theda Skocpol Names the Problem: Political Extremism

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On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with political scientist and sociologist Theda Skocpol, whose recent work has focused on how political policy is made, and more often these days, how it gets derailed. Skocpol is the Victor Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, and the author of numerous books on how political policy has been shaped and changed throughout history. Her books include "States and Social Revolutions," "Diminished Democracy," "Protecting Soldiers and Mothers," and most recently, "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism." Skocpol has lately been examining current policy initiatives and their opposition, from healthcare reform to climate change "cap and trade" legislation. She'll address the failure of "cap and trade" in her lecture, "Naming the Problem: Extremism and the Fight Against Global Warming," which takes place this evening (Wednesday the 7th) at 7pm at the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the campus of The University of Tulsa.

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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