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The Fall Fund Drive Gifts Are Here!

Sep 9, 2021

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Make sure to make your qualifying donation by Midnight, October 5th, 2021 and be on the lookout for our follow-up email after October 13th, 2021. Don't miss out and make your donation here!

On this edition of ST, our guest is the journalist and author Lisa Napoli, who joins to discuss her latest book, "Susan, Linda, Nina, & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR." It's a group biography of Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and Cokie Roberts: four women who fought sexism, challenged journalistic norms, covered decades of American and worldwide news, and did much more throughout their pioneering careers to build and establish National Public Radio.

Rick Lowe

May 10, 2021

Rick Lowe is one of the two Lead Artists for the Greenwood Art Project alongside William Cordova. Born in Alabama, but a longtime resident of Houston, Lowe's work is widely acclaimed and collected. He was awarded a coveted MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 2014. On this episode we chat with Lowe about the ongoing work of the Greenwood Art Project and the upcoming centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

Hosted by Jeff Martin with Philbrook Museum of Art and produced with Public Radio Tulsa.   

Public Radio Tulsa welcomes Elizabeth Caldwell to our staff and our city! Elizabeth joins Public Radio Tulsa as a reporter and All Things Considered local news anchor, and joins News Director Matt Trotter and Morning Edition anchor/reporter Chris Polansky on our KWGS local news team. Elizabeth brings with her experience as both a print and radio journalist, covering stories from Kodiak, AK to Oklahoma City.

We caught up with Elizabeth for a chat in between stories this week:

On this episode we road trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to chat with Associate Curator, Allison Glenn. "Promise, Witness, Remembrance" at Louisville, Kentucky's Speed Art Museum, guest-curated by Glenn, reflects on the life of Breonna Taylor, her killing in 2020, and the year of protests that followed. The exhibition is organized around the three words of its title, which emerged from a conversation between Glenn and Tamika Palmer, Breonna's mother.

Philbook Museum of Art

TheRese Aduni has been hard at work on her documentary, "Rebuilding Black Wall Street." The film uses 16mm film footage shot by TheRese's father and chronicles the men and women who rebuilt Greenwood in the aftermath of 1921. This episode also features artist William Cordova, one of the Greenwood Art Project's two lead artists. Co-hosted by GAP Project Director, Jerica Wortham.

The Godfather of Cool

Mar 5, 2021
Philbook Museum of Art

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic crime film SHAFT, directed Gordon Parks. Parks was a filmmaker, writer, musician, and one of the 20th century’s great photographers. A recent piece in the New York Times called him, “The Godfather of Cool.” Not bad for the youngest of 15 children from Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott is now home to the Gordon Parks Museum. On this episode we catch up with the Museum’s Director, Kirk Sharp.

The Godfather of Cool

Mar 5, 2021
Philbook Museum of Art

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic crime film SHAFT, directed Gordon Parks. Parks was a filmmaker, writer, musician, and one of the 20th century’s great photographers. A recent piece in the New York Times called him, “The Godfather of Cool.” Not bad for the youngest of 15 children from Fort Scott, Kansas. Fort Scott is now home to the Gordon Parks Museum. On this episode we catch up with the Museum’s Director, Kirk Sharp.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is going DIGITAL! You can now listen to select special performances broadcast exclusively on KWTU Classical 88.7! Public Radio Tulsa and the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra are partnering throughout 2021 so you can listen from the warmth, safety, and the comfort of your home.

A new season of Museum Confidential begins in partnership with the Greenwood Art Project, an initiative of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission. To get a broader view of the project, host Jeff Martin speaks with anthropologist/archivist Marlon Hall who handles the project’s unique use of social media, Kode Ransom who runs the GAP mobile outreach efforts, and Program Director, Jerica Wortham. Jerica will serve as Co-Host on several Museum Confidential episodes this season.

Throughout the week, we've been spotlighting some standout StudioTulsa interviews from last year.

Public Radio Tulsa's face mask, that's what! And if you don't have one yet you're missing out, because these babies are beautiful, comfortable, well-made, AND support your favorite public radio station!

Our four-layer face masks are created by ChicoBag, a California maker of high-quality reusable bags (and now, masks). They include a pocket for a filter, adjustable ear loops with a removeable "ear-saver" hook, and a containment pouch with a carabiner. 

Brad Newman, Public Radio Tulsa’s Chief Engineer, has the ample beard to play Santa. In previous years, he’s been seated on a big red chair in the middle of Cushing, OK's main street, but in socially-distanced 2020 he has cleverly managed to let everyone still see Santa. 

Holiday Specials 2020

Nov 30, 2020

Some are new, some are annual favorites, and some are timeless classic stories...all intended to bring you a little holiday comfort and joy. Tune in to KWGS Public Radio 89.5 or KWTU Classical 88.7 during these days and times to hear holiday specials on Public Radio Tulsa. You can also listen live on our website HERE

Weekend Update for Public Radio Tulsa:

We are shaking things up a bit on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 FM starting this Saturday, September 12, 2020! We're adding three new programs (REALLY good ones), repeating another great show, and moving Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! to an earlier time on Sunday. Check it out. You will not be disappointed!

SATURDAYS:

Public Radio Tulsa, Pre-Pandemic

Public Radio Tulsa bids farewell today to Steve Clem. Steve is retiring after 11 years as our Operations Director, and a lifetime of work in this crazy, wonderful world of radio. We didn't let him leave without peppering him with questions, of course.

Public Radio Tulsa:  Steve, you're retiring from Public Radio Tulsa after more than 10 years as our Operations Director.  But you've worked in radio your whole life.

Scott Aycock

Hello, Folk Salad fans! We're back on the air with new shows! 

 Richard Higgs and I sheltering at home and creating radio from my living room. We JUST set up a studio so we can start bringing you some brand new shows. Some great new music has come across our desk and we look forward to sharing it with you, as well as some of our favorites and yours, and of course our own great Oklahoma artists.  

After airing re-broadcasts for several weeks since I couldn’t go in to the Public Radio Tulsa studios during our stay-at-home orders, I was able to get some basic gear set up to produce The Rhythm Atlas from my home office. (As you can see, this room also serves as the repository for my lifetime of record collecting.)

 

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NOT EVERYTHING has changed since the pandemic. Public Radio Tulsa and Public Radio Underwriting are still here for you. 
 
Public Radio Tulsa is northeast Oklahoma's source for fact-based, informative, and crucial reporting from our local news team and NPR during these times. That is unwavering. Over 70,000 Tulsans rely on public radio to be their ONLY source of news now more than ever.

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

For nearly a month, the Public Radio Tulsa studios have been closed to everyone but the news team. This means that many of the local shows on 88.7 and 89.5 have been in reruns for the past few weeks. My own show, Classical Tulsa, was in that same boat – until now, that is: I’ve just finished setting up a home studio, so I can record new episodes while I shelter in place!

While most of us canceled travel plans and hunkered down, Chris Polansky bought a van, packed up his belongs and his trusty dog, Trout, and drove half-way across the country to become our new Morning Edition Host and News Reporter.  In healthier times, we would have thrown a little get-together so you could meet him.  In lieu of that, we stayed WAY far away and asked our newest staff member a few questions:

Public Radio Tulsa:  Tell us a little about yourself, Chris.

Oklahoma State Department of Health

The COVID-19 social distancing and symptom guidelines are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. For information and updates visit CORONAVIRUS.HEALTH.OK.GOV. You can call the call center at 877-215-8396 or 2-1-1. Visit HERE for the symptom checker. 

The Scientific Method

Mar 13, 2020

Art museums actually account for less than 5% of all American museums. More than half of our museums fall into the history category. And while science and technology museums barely make up 1% of the overall industry, they host millions of annual visitors. On this episode of MC, we travel to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas to look at the why and how of these museums.

Public Radio Tulsa’s Spring 2020 Fund Drive is on hold due to Coronavirus Pandemic, but your support is more important than ever. With so many crucial stories to cover, the time is NOW to take your stand with public radio!  Contribute NOW to keep in-depth reporting and unforgettable music coming your way!

And check out this spring’s thank-you gifts!  In celebration of YOU, we’ve given a few old favorites a brand-new look:

Allison Shelley/NPR

His voice has been described as being “like warm butter melting over BBQ’d sweet corn.” And you can hear him here in Tulsa next month!

NPR National Desk Correspondent Wade Goodwyn joins us at the Lorton Performance Center on the TU campus Saturday afternoon, April 18th for a very special Give & Take.  Mark your calendar now; tickets for this opportunity to hear NPR’s Dallas-based Goodwyn will be available soon!

Metropolitan Stories

Feb 28, 2020
Courtesy

This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Christine Coulson worked at The Met for a quarter of a century in a variety of roles. She left a couple of years ago to write full time, and the result is her acclaimed debut novel, “Metropolitan Stories.” On this episode of MC, we chat with Coulson about the real stories behind her fictional world. 

Year of the Woman

Feb 15, 2020

    The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving American women the right to vote. Last fall, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced a bold initiative, which was inspired by the fact that only 4% of the museum's 95,000 artworks have been created by women. Throughout this year, every artwork the museum purchases will have been created by a woman artist. On this episode, we travel to Baltimore for a chat with BMA Director, Christopher Bedford.

Sense and Readability

Feb 6, 2020

Jane Austen to the Rescue!
by Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

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