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"Illicit or Innocent? -- How You Might be Contributing to a Global Underworld of Organized Crime"

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Aired on Thursday, May 14th.

On this edition of ST, a discussion of illegal trade on the global scale: from internet-driven piracy to the world's ports and shipping routes, from smuggling and trafficking to peddling counterfeit goods and knock-offs. Our guest is Dr. Suzette Grillot, Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She's served in this capacity since 2012, and she is also OU’s Vice Provost for International Programs as well as its William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics. (She also hosts a weekly program called "World Views" at KGOU, the NPR station at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.) Dr. Grillot teaches courses at OU on The Global Community, Global Security, International Activism, and Illicit Trafficking; her acdemic reserach focuses on issues of worldwide security and international relations. She co-edited the book "Understanding the Global Community" (2013) and co-authored the books "Protecting Our Ports: National and International Security of Containerized Freight" (2010) and "The International Arms Trade" (2009). Dr. Grillot recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Illicit or Innocent? -- How You Might be Contributing to a Global Underworld of Organized Crime," and she spoke with us about this issue while she was in town.

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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