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My Year in (the best) Books
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

Holiday Specials 2018

Dec 5, 2018

Join Public Radio Tulsa as the holidays approach for the music and stories of the season. We have yearly staples, along with a few new broadcasts and festive local programs! Bookmark our 2018 Holiday Guide, as below, so you won't miss a special! 

Hanukkah Ligths 2018
Wednesday, December 5 | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.        
KWGS Public Radio 89.5 | LISTEN LIVE

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Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services, today, December 5, 2018, at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

You can stream the live video below or listen live HERE

How many times do you have the opportunity to grow BOTH a public radio station AND a forest?

We know that you are deeply concerned about the health and sustainability of our planet.  You’re also passionate about the intelligent and thoughtful news and music you hear on Public Radio Tulsa.  

 

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On this installment of Museum Confidential, we visit California's High Desert with our roving correspondent, Preston Poe (of The Preston Poe Show podcast). As we often say, there are many kinds of museums. One of them is a tiny, refurbished photo-processing booth in Joshua Tree, which is now dedicated entirely to crochet. The museum's founder, as you'll hear, knows how to spin a yarn or two. And rightly so.

Legendary filmmaker and so-called "Pope of Trash" John Waters has a brand new project in his beloved hometown. On view through January 6, 2019, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, "Indecent Exposure" is the first retrospective of Waters' visual arts career, featuring more than 160 provocative photographs, sculptures, and video/sound works. We sat down to chat with him about the show, the 30th anniversary of "Hairspray," and a few other things.

How many times do you have the opportunity to grow BOTH a public radio station AND a forest?

We know that you are deeply concerned about the health and sustainability of our planet.  You’re also passionate about the intelligent and thoughtful news and music you hear on Public Radio Tulsa.  

So this Giving Tuesday, November 27th, we’re making it easy to support BOTH.

Stay tuned for live election coverage provided by NPR and the Associated Press. The special coverage includes key U.S. House races, all U.S. Senate races, all gubernatorial races, and key ballot initiatives.

Listen live online HERE.

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Join Public Radio Tulsa and NPR (through a special partnership with the Associated Press) for special LIVE coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections! The coverage begins tonight, Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Tune in to KWGS Public Radio 89.5 for in-depth coverage of local and national elections and field reports from Public Radio Tulsa reporters. The NPR coverage will include discussions of key race-calls and nationwide analyses. 

You can also follow publicradiotulsa.org for live updates and the nationwide boards monitoring key House races, all Senate races. LISTEN LIVE ONLINE

Tonight's Give & Take is CANCELLED due to the weather. We hope to see you soon! 

We want to hear from you! This midterm election season has been intense and historic. Where do we go from here and how do we process the results? 

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In our special Halloween episode, we step into the macabre with acclaimed writer Mark Dery, author of the new biography, Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Genius and Mysterious Life of Edward Gorey. Often called the “Grandfather of Goth,” Gorey (who died in 2000) influenced Tim Burton, Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and countless others. 

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We all scream. The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is attempting to blaze a trail in the museum world. But sometimes that's a rocky road. First up, we chat with Madison Utendahl, MOIC's Head of Content and Social. And then, and for an entirely different take on the emergence of "Instagrammable" or "Pop-Up" museums, we call up Amanda Hess, Critic-at-Large at The New York Times. 

Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., when Public Radio Tulsa welcomes Edith Chapin, the Executive Editor of NPR News, to Tulsa!

A Creative and Subversive Act
By Rebecca Howard
Tulsa City-County Library

What is it about Shakespeare’s works that continue to inspire and captivate us? I recently attended a National Theater Live broadcast of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear staring Ian McKellen. In an interview airing before the broadcast, McKellen explained how every performance is different because “the audience writes the play.”

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Museums aren't always meant to be enjoyable experiences. That doesn't mean they are not important and essential. On this episode, we sit down with Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Michigan. The museum was born out of his personal collection, one that began decades ago, when Dr. Pilgrim was growing up in Alabama. Our podcast also profiles a recent art project utilizing the Confederate flag.

We have a very special challenge from an anonymous Public Radio Tulsa listener!  This listener will donate $5,000 to Public Radio Tulsa IF we receive 300 NEW MEMBER pledges of ANY amount by the end of the 2018 Fall Fund Drive (this Saturday)!

If you’ve NEVER made a donation to Public Radio Tulsa before, this is the time to Stand with the Facts, and stand up and be counted…because YOUR gift will help us receive that $5,000 New Member Challenge grant!

Pretty quiet year so far, am I right?

Just kidding.  It’s been nuts.

Hearings…fires…elections…tweets.  Complex issues have come fast and furious in 2018, with possibly the biggest stories yet to come.  And no one – NO ONE – plays a greater role in Public Radio Tulsa’s ability to provide in-depth, rigorous news coverage than YOU, through your contributions. 

APM Reports’ award-winning documentary team created a four-part education series. The hour-long episodes, hosted by Stephen Smith, cover topics ranging from elementary to college students. Catch the next episode "Hard Words: Why American Kids Aren’t Being Taught to Read" on KWGS Public Radio 89.5 next Thursday, Sept. 14 at noon or Friday, Sept. 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Missed an episode? Listen here! 

Saying Thanks with a Pint and a Party!

Lush pansies from Southwood.  Twenty years of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  And a pint glass that comes with its own party!

This fall, check out these great gifts and let us say “thanks!” for supporting public radio in northeast Oklahoma!  Make your gift here! 

 

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Opening statements are underway in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Watch the hearing live.

Will you help us bring NPR News to Tulsa?

PRESENTING SPONSOR $2,500

As the summer draws to a close, things are heating up on Classical Tulsa: We open August with a pair of vacation-themed shows, featuring classical music about travel (Aug. 3) and exotic destinations (Aug. 10). Then we launch into the 2018-19 concert season with three weeks of highlights from your favorite local music organizations, focusing on the Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Ballet(Aug. 17), Chamber Music Tulsa and Tulsa Camerata (Aug. 24) and the Tulsa Symphony and Signature Symphony (Aug.

Recently at our Member Thank You Party at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, we renewed our acquaintance with some of the earliest employees of KWGS. Sisters Doreen Wood(right) and Joyce Jackson(left) both worked at the station in its very first years when KWGS was a student laboratory, training a new generation of workers for the country’s primary electronic mass communication medium, radio. 

Lonnie Sullivan listened to Public Radio Tulsa for years.  But he never contributed…until now.

“I listen every night before I go to bed,” says Lonnie.  “I really appreciate the BBC; they look at our political situation from a totally different perspective.”

You Made It Happen!

Jul 5, 2018

The books have JUST slammed shut on our fiscal year, and we’re grateful to report that – in spite of increased engineering expenses in June – we are in sound financial shape. 

Why?

Because of all of you who contributed to Public Radio Tulsa last month.  Your gifts, large and small, first-time and “a little something extra,” added up to over $15,500 donated in June: a 35% increase over June 2017.

It was GREAT to see over 250 of you at our Second Annual Public Radio Tulsa Member Thank You Party at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center!  What a perfect evening to mix, mingle, and meet so many listeners whose memberships make Public Radio Tulsa possible!

We enjoyed remarkably cool breezes in Southwood’s lush setting, our Thank You Party hosts for the second year.  Southwood feted our members with frosty beverages, snappy music by David Horne and Unfinished Business, and a super BOGO hanging basket sale, just for us. 

David Sedaris Photo Credit: Adam DeTour

June 30 matters.  Why?  Because here at Public Radio Tulsa, it’s the end of our budget year. We’re committed to a balanced budget as well as balanced reporting.  You can help us achieve this goal with YOUR donation HERE. Your donation will help us finish the fiscal year strong. 

And as a thank you, your donation in the month of June automatically will enter you into a drawing for two tickets to see David Sedaris live at the Tulsa PAC November 13th, PLUS a signed copy of his book, “Theft by Finding." 

We are officially "sold out" of tickets. We do wish each and everyone of you could come! Stay tuned in case some registration spots become available. 

A couple of other party notes: if you are registered to attend, please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your reservation so others can come in your place. And parking is limited so please consider carpooling. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Stonehorse Cafe Tea!

Apr 12, 2018

For the last day of the Spring Fund Drive, we have a special surprise from Stonehorse Cafe

Stonehorse Cafe in Tulsa's Utica Square will mail a voucher for Afternoon Tea for two people at Stonehorse Cafe to everyone who makes a one-time donation of $300 or more, or a monthly donation of $25 per month or more, on FRIDAY, April 13th ONLY.  

Today ONLY during our Spring Fund Drive on Public Radio Tulsa, make a donation of any amount online, by mail, or by phone at (918) 631-3689 to be entered into our special drawing! DONATE NOW

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