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"This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients...."

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Aired on Monday, June 4th.

Our guest is Dr. Elisha Waldman, a pediatric palliative care physician now based in Chicago, who tells us about his new book. It's a memoir called "This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem," and it chronicles -- in ways lyrical, bittersweet, and inspiring -- the seven years he spent as a pediatric oncologist in Jerusalem. While there, as we learn, Dr. Waldman treated kids from various backgrounds -- Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, as well as Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza -- all of whom had been diagnosed with cancer. As was noted of this volume in The New York Times Book Review: "A fantastic book.... Waldman exhibits a rare self-awareness [and] shows great honesty. [This book] illustrates just how difficult it is to reconcile devotion to the healing mission with the realities of a complex life."

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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