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An Upcoming Lecture -- "Woody Guthrie as Political Humorist: His Influences, Expression, and Legacy"

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Aired on Wednesday, March 23rd.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Dr. Mark Allen Jackson of Middle Tennessee State University. He's an expert on political expression in American folk music, and he's also the author of "Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie" (University Press of Mississippi). Dr. Jackson will be giving a talk at the Woody Guthrie Center in downtown Tulsa this coming Saturday, the 26th, beginning at 7pm. The lecture is entitled "Woody Guthrie as Political Humorist: His Influences, Expression, and Legacy," and it's free to the public. Guthrie, of course, didn't just write songs and poems about America's working poor, immigrants, downtrodden, and disadvantaged -- he also created political cartoons and newspaper columns championing these same people. Indeed, as America's fiscal suffering amid the Great Depression gave way to its economic thriving during World War II -- and as Guthrie's own popularity and influence in our national culture concurrently increased -- the Bard from Okemah created more and more political texts and commentaries. You can learn more about Dr. Jackson's upcoming address at this link.

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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