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Tom Garrett (of the International Republican Institute) at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations

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Aired on Monday, September 22nd.

On this edition of our program, we speak with Tom Garrett, an Oklahoma native who's worked at the International Republican Institute (or IRI) since 1994. The IRI, per its website, is a "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization [that] advances freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more issue-based and responsive, assisting citizens to participate in government planning, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process -- including women and youth." Garrett (whose professional bio you'll find here) recently addressed the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations on "Tunisia and the Middle East after the Arab Spring," and he stopped by our studios to discuss this issue while he was in town. Garrett also speaks about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, another area that he's a bona fide expert on. (Garrett first served as IRI's resident country director for Ukraine.) You can learn more about Garrett's recent address here in Tulsa 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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