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Tulsa World Reporter Ziva Branstetter Discusses Her Current "Quake Debate" Series of Articles

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Aired on Monday, February 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a three-part series of articles called "Quake Debate." The first of these articles appeared yesterday in that newspaper, and the second is in today's World. As is noted of this series at the Tulsa World website: "Over the past two months, the Tulsa World reviewed hundreds of documents and analyzed data files on Oklahoma earthquakes. The World also interviewed dozens of people impacted by the issue statewide." And so Branstetter joins us to address such questions as: Why are so many earthquakes happening in our state? And why has there been such a dramatic rise in the number of quakes in Oklahoma over the past five or six years? What connections can be made -- with certainty -- about all these quakes and the oil industry and its practices? And what do the political leaders of this state -- as well as its insurance companies, scientists, oil executives, and so forth -- have to say on the matter? Branstetter also has much to report on how the people who are dealing with all these quakes (and, in many cases, thereby incurring serious property damage) actually think and feel about them.

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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