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A One-Man Play Depicting the Life and Work of Aldo Leopold, the Father of Wildlife Biology

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Aired on Thursday, April 23rd.

On this installment of ST, a fascinating discussion with the Tennessee-based storyteller and performer Jim Pfitzer, who will soon appear onstage in Tulsa in "A Standard of Change," the one-man play that he created about the life and work of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). An influential American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and conservationist, Leopold -- the "father of wildlife biology," as some have called him -- is probably best known as the author of "A Sand County Almanac," which is a literary classic that's especially popular with environmentalist readers. "A Standard of Change" will be performed by Pfitzer on Saturday afternoon, the 25th, at 2:30pm, at the TCCL's Hardesty Library (at 8316 E. 93rd Street) in Tulsa. As Pfitzer tells us on today's show, his play aims to explore the dramatic if not transformative changes within Leopold's thinking vis a vis humanity's relationship with nature, with animals, and with "wild" places. You can learn more about this upcoming production here.

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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