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"Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"

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Aired on Tuesday, December 1st.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind, whose bestselling nonfiction books include "Confidence Men," "The Way of the World," and "The One Percent Doctrine," among others. Suskind joins us to discuss his latest book, a memoir called "Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism." This work, first published last year, chronicles Suskind's family’s two-decade struggle with his son Owen's autism. As was noted of the book by the St. Louis Post Dispatch: "Reading Suskind's factual yet moving account of the devotion, love, and energy put into helping Owen will leave readers wondering if they could do the same. This is a wonderful book, whether or not you know a person with autism." And further, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "A fierce love story. It is also one of those fascinating medical stories that show doctors have no monopoly on knowledge." Mr. Suskind will be speaking about this widely acclaimed book -- and about the ongoing issues and real-life experiences behind it -- here in Tulsa later this week, on Thursday the 3rd, when he appears at the TARC's 25th Annual Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition event. This gathering will happen at the Marriott Hotel Southern Hills on 71st Street, and you can learn more about 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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