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Bestselling Author Steve Berry on His Newest Novel and His Ongoing "History Matters" Initiative

Aired on Tuesday, April 5th.

On this edition of ST, our guest is the bestselling novelist and philanthropist Steve Berry, who's actually in Tulsa today at the outset of a book tour; Berry's new novel, "The 14th Colony," is just out. But Berry is also visiting our community, as he tells us, in connection with his "History Matters" foundation, which is dedicated to historic preservation. This foundation, co-run by Berry and his wife, has raised more than $800,000 over the years in the name of saving historic treasures. And so, tonight -- Tuesday the 5th, beginning at 6:30pm -- Berry will present in a lecture-and-book-signing event at the Gilcrease Museum that also aims to raise money for the restoration of Alice Mary Robertson's home. (Robertson, who died in 1931, was an educator, social worker, government official, and politician who became the second woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, and the first to do so from the state of Oklahoma; she was also one of the founders of the school that would eventually become TU.) Berry talks with us about Robertson's legacy, about historic preservation more generally, and about his latest historical thriller. Also on our program, commentator Jeff Nix grapples with "childproof" medicine bottles, new CDs shirk-wrapped in plastic, and other such impenetrable forces.

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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