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Race, Politics, Economics, and the Media: A Discussion with Tavis Smiley about Contemporary America

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Aired on Wednesday, January 27th.

On this presentation of ST, our guest by phone is Tavis Smiley, the renowned broadcaster, author, political commentator, publisher, and columnist. Tomorrow night, Thursday the 28th, Smiley will be given the Tulsa Library Trust's 2016 Sankofa Freedom Award during a free-to-the-public ceremony at the Rudisill Regional Library in North Tulsa. (The library is located at 1520 N. Hartford; the event begins at 6pm.) From his bestselling books to his conversations with various world figures to his ongoing work as a mentor to the next generation of America's leaders, Smiley has emerged as a noted voice on the contemporary scene for social change, civic awareness, and community betterment. He's widely known as the host of the Tavis Smiley Talk Show on PBS, and his Tavis Smiley Show is made available each week from Public Radio International. Smiley has authored more than a dozen books, including his latest, which he edited, and which he discusses with us on today's program: "The Covenant with Black America -- Ten Years Later."

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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