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"Fade In, Crossroads: A History of the Southern Cinema"

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Aired on Wednesday, July 12th.

What can American motion pictures tell us about the American South, and what can the South tell us about the movies? Our guest is Robert Jackson, an Associate Professor of English here at the University of Tulsa. He tells us about his new book, which is just out from Oxford University Press: "Fade In, Crossroads: A History of the Southern Cinema." This hefty work offers a detailed account of Southern producers, filmmakers, performers, screenwriters, and critics -- as well as the habits and tastes of Southern moviegoers -- while also investigating the relationship of film history to such defining American experiences as slavery, lynching, segregation, the KKK, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement.

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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