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A Conversation with Stacey Bess, a Noted Teacher and Education Advocate Soon Appearing in Tulsa

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Aired on Wednesday, January 28th.

On Friday the 30th, beginning at 7:45am, the Community Action Project of Tulsa (or simply "CAP Tulsa") will present a special event entitled Sunny Side Up. It's a fundraising breakfast that will spotlight recent graduates from CAP Tulsa's CareerAdvance Program; it happens at the Cains Ballroom in downtown Tulsa. CAP Tulsa is, per its website, "the largest anti-poverty agency in Oklahoma. We believe every family and every child deserves the same opportunity for success. This is achieved by empowering low-income families with the education and tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.... CAP Tulsa specifically focuses on a two-generation approach that aims not only to prepare young children for future success in school, but also their parents through programs designed to increase parenting skills, employability, and earning potential." Our guest on ST is the keynote speaker scheduled for this event, Stacey Bess, a teacher, author, and education advocate. Bess is perhaps best known for her 1994 memoir, "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," which details her eye-opening -- make that life-changing -- personal journey as a young teacher at a "school with no name." Also on today's program, our commentator Janet Pearson is reflecting on the life and legacy of her favorite tree. (Yes, tree!)

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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