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"Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War" (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, July 3rd.

On this installment of ST, on the eve of the Fourth of July, we replay an interview from last year with the Denver-based journalist and nonfiction author Helen Thorpe, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Thorpe's first book, 2009's widely acclaimed "Just Like Us," tellingly profiled the lives of three young Latinas living in the United States. And in the summer of 2014, in the show we're replaying today, she spoke with us about her second book, "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War." This work, given a starred review in Kirkus, takes a close look at three female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In doing so, it explores the overlapping yet distinct effects of active duty on these three soldiers' lives, relationships, careers, friends, children, and futures. You can learn more about this show -- and can listen to an on-demand, free mp3 "stream" of it -- 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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