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TU's Presidential Lecture Series Welcomes the Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner

Aired on Monday, November 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who's well-known and widely celebrated for his drama, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," which first appeared in the early 1990s, and which was thereafter converted into an HBO-TV miniseries  that was directed by Mike Nichols. Kushner's other plays include "A Bright Room Called Day" and "Caroline, or Change" --- and he's written the screenplays for two of Steven Spielberg's films, "Munich" and "Lincoln." (Earlier this year, Kushner received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.) Kushner will speak in the University of Tulsa's Presidential Lecture Series tomorrow night, Tuesday the 12th, at 7:30pm; the lecture is free and open to the public, and it will happen at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus. Kushner is a writer and critic whose works confront some of today's most sensitive social, cultural, and political issues; on our show today, he speaks about, among other topics, another playwright who was (rather like himself) known and revered for engaging in matters political: Bertolt Brecht. (You can learn more of Kusher's upcoming appearance at TU here. The Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, was established to bring world-class speakers to our community from a range of backgrounds, including the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, education, media, and public affairs.)

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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