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"Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World"

Aired on Wednesday, August 30th.

Since 2012, the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code has taught computing and computer-programming skills to thousands of girls all across America. Our guest is the CEO and founder of that organization, Reshma Saujani, who has a new book out. This engaging, fully illustrated book, likewise called "Girls Who Code," is aimed at girls 8 and older -- and it is, per School Library Journal, a "timely [and] well-written title [that will be] an excellent resource for budding coders." As Saujani tells us, her book mixes down-to-earth explanations of coding principles with real-life stories of girls and women working at Pixar, NASA, and other notable STEM-driven companies. Also on our show today, commentator Barry Friedman eloquently remembers his friend, Claudette, who recently died of cancer.

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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