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All About "Botanical!" -- A Series of Fundraising Events Happening Soon at Tulsa Botanic Garden

Aired on Friday, April 13th.

Our guest is Rob McKeown, a former food writer and food-magazine editor who's also done research and concept-development for renowned chefs and notable hotels and restaurants worldwide. He is the curator for "Botanical!" -- i.e., a series of fundraising events happening this weekend at Tulsa Botanic Garden. These will include a lavish and artful meal inspired by the bistro cuisine of Paris; an all-day symposium that will feature lectures on French culinary history and its relation to American food and tradition; a special "tasting" luncheon; and a French market-influenced "bazaar" that will offer authentic wares and antiques for sale. Also on our show, commentator Mark Darrah remembers the bygone Horace Mann Junior High in south downtown Tulsa, where he once attended. In doing so, Darrah also muses on the influential thought and work of Mann himself (1796-1859), an American educational reformer, Whig politician (as a member of Congress), and former President of Antioch College.

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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