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Connie Cronley Offers "A Life on Fire: Oklahoma's Kate Barnard"

Aired on Tuesday, September 14th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome writer Connie Cronley back to our program. She's one of our regular commentators; her previous books include "Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off," "Light and Variable," "Poke a Stick at It," and "Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace." Cronley joins us to discuss her latest book, "A Life on Fire," which is a fascinating new biography of Kate Barnard (1875-1930). Little-known today but very active and influential in her early-20th-century prime, Barnard was a tireless political reformer -- and the first woman named to statewide office in Oklahoma -- who championed the poor, workers, children, the imprisoned, and the mentally ill. She also contributed greatly to the Progressive aspects of our state's 1907 constitution, and likewise advocated for compulsory education, prison reform, better mental-health care, and child-labor regulations. Please note that Cronley will be doing a signing/lecture/book launch event tonight (Tuesday the 14th) at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. The event begins at 6:30pm; more information is posted here.

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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