Arts & Culture of interest to Northeastern Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, a chat with Paul Dickson. He has just published a new book called "Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime." Baseball, of course, is all about rules . . . and stats, and records, and numbers, and so forth. But our focus for this edition of StudioTulsa is the vast and various "grey area" of the Summer Game (in terms of behavior, tradition, norms or standards, and so on).

Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we speak with James Ragan. He's written several plays and poetry collections, and has also worked as a screenwriter (on such major films as THE GODFATHER and THE DEERHUNTER). His latest book is a collection of poems called "Too Long a Solitude," and a major theme of this book is far-flung travels both real and imagined. Ragan is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at OU.

Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, which first aired last year, we speak with Joshua Kendall, the author of a wonderful new biography of Peter Mark Roget, the man who created Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (first published in 1852 in London). The book is called "The Man Who Made Lists" --- and it's newly available in paperback. As we learn on today's show, Roget was a rare and gifted hybrid of the scientist and the literary scholar, of the record-keeper and the wordsmith.

Tulsa, OK – Former poet laureate Billy Collins reads poems from his latest collection, "Ballistic" (published by Random House), and talks about his working process. Collins says if one wakes up in the middle of the night with an idea, a writer will get up and write it down. Collins will lecture at the University of Tulsa, Thursday, April 2nd.

Tulsa, OK – Today we hear from two representatives of One Voice, a grassroots youth oriented Mideast peace advocacy group. Itamir Cohen, an Israeli software designer, and Dahlia Labadi, a Palestinian graduate student, share their disagreements on the conflict and their unanimity that a two state solution with a viable peaceful Israel and Palestine is the only answer to a permanent peace in the Mideast.

Tulsa, OK – Today's program features economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Baker was one of the few economists who predicted the housing bubble and warned of its consequences. Baker is the author of "Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy" (published by PoliPoint Press). He critiques the Obama Administration's efforts to rescue the financial industry and recover the economy.

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Eminent historian John Hope Franklin died March 25, 2009. Host Rich Fisher spoke with Dr Franklin in the summer of 2006 after the publication of his autobiography, "A Mirror on America".