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"Most American" -- The Popular Oklahoma Author Rilla Askew Offers a New Collection of Essays

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Aired on Friday, June 7th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome the award-winning Oklahoma writer Rilla Askew back to our show. Her new book, just out, is her first-ever nonfiction volume; it's a collection of nine linked essays entitled "Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place." In this timely and reflective work, she argues that the State of Oklahoma -- whether we are talking about police violence, gun culture, race relations, secret history, religious fervor, spellbinding landscapes, or brutal weather -- is actually a "microcosm" of the United States. From the Trail of Tears to the Tulsa Race Riot to the Murrah Federal Building bombing, Oklahoma quite fully reveals the wounds -- of division, of violence, of prejudice, and so on -- that are at the very heart of this nation. Askew discusses this far-reaching book with us today on our program. And please note that she will be discussing it further at a free-to-the-public event on Monday night, the 10th, at the TCCL's Central Library (at 5th and Denver). That event, presented by Book Smart Tulsa, begins at 7pm.

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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