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"Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War"

Aired on Tuesday, July 31st.

Our guest on ST is Kendra Taira Field, an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. She joins us to discuss her compelling new book, a scholarly blend of memoir, history, geography, and biography: "Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War." In this book, Professor Field looks closely at the lives and documents of her own family tree in order to explore the little-known saga of the many black settlers in Indian Territory and Oklahoma during the years of Reconstruction and westward expansion. As was noted of this book by the UCLA historian Robin D. G. Kelley: "A work of startling brilliance and originality, of heart-wrenching beauty and theoretical innovation. In Kendra Field's able hands, her family stories become a window into the struggle for freedom in an era when emancipation and the dismantling of Indian sovereignty gave way to new forms of unfreedom, constriction, and possibility." Please note that Prof. Field will speak about this book here in Tulsa tonight (Tuesday the 31st, at 6:30pm) at the Tulsa Historical Society, and then again tomorrow night (Wednesday the 1st, at 7pm) at Living Arts of Tulsa (during an evening co-presented by Magic City Books and OK Policy).

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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