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A New Documentary Profiles an Oklahoma Legend -- "High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland"

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Aired on Thursday, May 12th.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we learn about a fascinating new documentary film depicting the rise and fall of E.W. Marland, the legendary -- and often controversial, and always colorful -- Oklahoma oilman who was also the state's 10th governor. "High Stakes: The Life and Times of E.W. Marland," shot on location in Ponca City, Oklahoma, is the newest creation of co-producers Steve Herrin and Scott Swearingen, who have also made docs about Woody Guthrie, Thomas Gilcrease, and Willard Stone. Herrin and Swearingen (both of Tulsa-based Swearingen Productions) are our guests today; they us how this film is actually the work of an all-Oklahoma production team, including historian and author Michael Wallis, composer Joseph Rivers, musicians Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher, and more. Please note that "High Stakes" will have its Tulsa premiere tonight, Thursday the 12th, at the Circle Cinema (near the corner of Admiral and Lewis). You can learn more about tonight's special event -- and about other upcoming screenings of this film at the Circle -- at the Circle Cinema website, and you can learn more about this film in general at the "High Stakes" Facebook page.

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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