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Dr. Kate Schecter Speaks in Tulsa on "Basic Development Challenges in an Unsafe and Uncertain World"

Aired on Monday, November 16th.

On this edition of ST, we learn about World Neighbors. This OKC-based NGO, per its website, "focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face -- hunger, poverty, and disease -- rather than giving them food, money, or constructing buildings. Children often walk miles just for access to clean water. World Neighbors works to ease the burden of water walks by educating communities how to install wells in their villages. Our programs contribute to improving the social, economic, and physical resources available to and controlled by a community. This makes our programs very efficient and creates lasting change rather than a short-term fix." Our guest is Dr. Kate Schecter, who (earlier this fall) joined this organization as its new President and CEO. As she tells us today, World Neighbors has been around for more than 60 years, and it has brought about positive, lasting, and profound change in some 45 countries worldwide. (Previously, Dr. Schecter worked for the American International Health Alliance for 14 years.) She recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Basic Development Challenges in an Unsafe and Uncertain World."

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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