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"True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments" (Encore Presentation)

Aired Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Keith Recker's life is all about colors. As a color trend consultant and forecaster for Pantone, he identifies new colors -- like Pantone's "Living Coral" (Pantone's color of the year for 2019) -- which designers in apparel, advertising, and industry look to in attracting eyes to their products. But today, Recker is drawn more to age-old techniques for dyeing fabrics, yarn, or textiles, all of which he shares in his new book, "True Colors: World Makers of Natural Dyes and Pigments." In it, he converses with 28 artisans from Africa, South and Central Asia, the Americas, and Europe, who are all creating vivid colors with ancient techniques, offering sustainable practices to industries in desperate need of them. He joins us on this edition of StudioTulsa to discuss some of those practices.

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.