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By: Rich Fisher

Arts, Medicine, and Literature conversations from Public Radio Tulsa

"Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain" (Encore)
Yesterday at 5:49 PM

(Note: This interview first aired last fall.) Our guest is Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, a noted expert on both psychology and neuroscience who's also a University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. She tells us about her book, "Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain." Per a starred review in Kirkus: "[This is] an excellent education in brain science.... [Feldman Barrett] deftly employs metaphor and anecdote to deliver an insightful overview of her favorite subject.... So short and sweet that most readers will continue to the 35-page appendix, in which the author delves more deeply, but with no...


"Choosing to Act: Jewish Women's Resistance in the Holocaust"
Last Friday at 5:24 PM

Next week, on Thursday the 22nd at 7pm, the Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education and the Tulsa City-County Library will co-present the 23rd Annual Yom HaShoah Interfaith Commemoration . (The event will be presented on the live-streaming Zoom platform; you can obtain a link for accessing this free Zoom presentation by calling the Jewish Federation of Tulsa at 918-495-1100.) The theme for this year's commemoration will be "Choosing to Act: Jewish Women's Resistance in the Holocaust," and the guest speaker will be Sheri Rosenblum with the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation . She's our guest on ST today.


"Let's Talk Race: A Guide for White People"
Last Thursday at 6:34 PM

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Dr. Fern L. Johnson, a Senior Research Scholar and Professor Emerita at Clark University who focuses on race and culture. She and her partner, Marlene G. Fine, are the white parents of African American sons, and they're also the co-authors of a new book, "Let's Talk Race: A Guide for White People." The book aims to provide personal insights as well as practical guidance -- along with ample research findings, prompts for personal reflection, a variety of race-oriented conversation-starters, and a useful list of "dos" and "don'ts."


From the Ever-Creative Chris Combs: "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland"
Last Thursday at 6:23 PM

We're glad to welcome back to our program the Tulsa-based guitarist, composer, and music producer Chris Combs, who's known for his work with COMBSY, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and other jazz/experimental/multi-genre outfits. Combs tells us about (and shares tracks from) his forthcoming album, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland," which will be released by the nonprofit Horton Records on April 30th. This recording documents a remarkable, hitherto-unreleased "live" performance from 2012, for which Combs was commissioned to write music for an international jazz festival in Bern, Switzerland. As Combs tells us, his writing for this concert...


"Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup" (Encore)
Last Thursday at 6:09 PM

(Note: This show first aired early last year.) On this edition of StudioTulsa, we meet investigative journalist John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with The Wall Street Journal. He broke the story of the fraud perpetrated by the medical tech company known as Theranos and its charismatic young CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. That story is the basis of his book, "Bad Blood," which he tells us about. At its peak, Theranos had a market value of $10 billion -- and its flawed prototype was actually in market-testing in both California and Arizona before Carreyrou helped expose the fraud.


"Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy"
04/12/2021

Our guest is Herman Pontzer, an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and Associate Research Professor of Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute. An well-known researcher in human energetics and evolution, he joins us to discuss his new book, "Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy." The book draws on Pontzer's groundbreaking studies with hunter-gatherer tribes in order to show how exercise actually **doesn't** increase our metabolism. Instead, human beings generally burn calories within a very narrow range -- nearly 3,000 calories per day, no matter our...


"The Amazing Unauthorized Story of the Cain's Ballroom's First 75 Years" (Encore)
04/09/2021

(Note: This interview originally aired last summer.) We're pleased to welcome our friend John Wooley back to StudioTulsa. A longtime Tulsa-based music and pop-culture writer -- and the host, of course, of the popular Swing on This program, heard every Saturday night here on KWGS -- Wooley is the co-author, along with Brett Bingham, of a new book about the historic Cain's Ballroom. That book is "Twentieth-Century Honky-Tonk: The Amazing Unauthorized Story of the Cain's Ballroom's First 75 Years." Talk about stylistic range -- the so-called Carnegie Hall of Western Swing was also the second-to-last stop on the Sex Pistols' riotous...


Some Book Recommendations from Nancy Pearl, Our Longtime Book Reviewer
04/08/2021

Our guest is Nancy Pearl, the well-known librarian, bestselling author, and former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. She's also a longtime book reviewer for KWGS-FM / Public Radio Tulsa, as she used to live and work in Tulsa, decades ago, before relocating to Washington State. We're pleased to welcome Nancy back to StudioTulsa; she joins us to recommend various books she's been particularly enjoying over the past (often quite solitary) year or so. Here's the list of titles that she tells us about: Scott Anderson, The Quiet Americans: 4 C.I.A. Spies...


"The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War" (Encore)
04/08/2021

(Note: This interview first aired last year.) Our guest is David Nasaw, the bestselling author and noted historian. He joins us to discuss his book, "The Last Million: Europe's Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War." It offers a far-reaching history of the one million refugees left behind in Germany after WWII, a disparate group that Nasaw refers to as "the last million." As explained in this careful documentation of postwar displacement and statelessness, the fate of "the last million" has been largely unknown, or hidden, until now. Indeed, by 1952, these people were widely scattered around the world. But...


"Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture" (Encore)
04/08/2021

(Note: This interview first aired last year.) Our guest is Emily Contois, Assistant Professor of Media Studies here at The University of Tulsa. Her recently published book, which she tells us about, is "Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture." It is, per Library Journal, "a fascinating work of cultural studies that makes evident the continued power and threat of explicitly gendered food production and consumption in the 21st century. [This book is] recommended broadly for students and scholars of fields related to gender, culture, and consumption."


"A History of the Human Brain: From the Sea Sponge to CRISPR, How Our Brain Evolved"
04/05/2021

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Bret Stetka, an editorial director at Medscape.com, which is the professional division of WebMD.com. A non-practicing physician and active freelance health/science journalist, Stetka joins us to discuss his fascinating new book, "A History of the Human Brain: From the Sea Sponge to CRISPR, How Our Brain Evolved." It's a readable and engaging history of how our most mysterious organ developed over time...from the brain's improbable and watery beginnings to the super-complex marvel that's found within the head of Homo sapiens today. As was noted of this work by Psychology...


"A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year before College" (Encore)
04/02/2021

(Note: This interview originally aired back in September.) Our guest is the writer Jeff Hobbs, whose latest book closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys as they apply to college. These four teens are seniors at two very different high schools in L.A. -- one in Compton, the other in Beverly Hills -- and by telling their individual, personal stories, Hobbs reveals what our nation's young people (across all socio-economic backgrounds) are now confronting at home, at school, among peers, and throughout society. Per The New York Times Book Review: "Hobbs's carefully observed journalistic account...widens our view...


The Next TU Presidential Lecture Will Soon Be Given by Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
04/01/2021

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, who will deliver the next TU Presidential Lecture on Wednesday, April 7th, at 7:30pm. It's a free, online-only lecture; to register for this talk, or to learn more about it, please visit this page on the TU website .) Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa, known to many as simply Dr. Q, grew up extremely poor in a rural Mexican village before he -- while still a teenager -- climbed over an 18-foot fence in order to enter California. Once there, he worked very hard...at various jobs...until finally he was able to enroll as...


"New Yorkers: A City and Its People in Our Time"
04/01/2021

In the first two decades of the 21st century, New York City has experienced a terrorist attack, a blackout, a hurricane, an historic recession, widespread social injustice, and, of course, the current pandemic. How has all of this affected the lives of New Yorkers? Our guest is the bestselling author Craig Taylor, whose new book draws on years of interviews with hundreds of NYC residents in order to render an indelible group portrait of the city. As per Publishers Weekly: "[This is] an engrossing, multihued 'oral portrait' of New York City as told by the people who live there.... Expertly...


"The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights"
04/01/2021

Our guest is Dorothy Wickenden, an author and editor at The New Yorker Magazine. She tells us about her fascinating new book, which explores various interlinked facets of American history, including abolition, the Underground Railroad, the early women's rights movement, and the Civil War. As the noted Yale historian David W. Blight has written of this book: "As a revolutionary, Harriet Tubman made many allies, none more important than her Auburn, New York, neighbors Martha Wright and Frances Seward. Wright, a middle-class Quaker, and Seward, the wealthy wife of a famous statesman, learned their activism from the abolition and women's...


"Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It"
03/29/2021

Our guest on StudioTulsa Medical Monday is Dr. Monica Aggarwal, the director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida, where she teaches plant-based nutrition while also performing various mind-body techniques with her students and patients, including yoga and meditation. (You can visit her website here .) Dr. Aggarwal joins us to discuss her latest book, "Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It," which came out last year, and which she co-wrote with Jyothi Rao. The volume draws upon personal experiences as well as ample scientific data to argue that...


"Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained" (Encore)
03/26/2021

(Note: This interview first aired last summer.) Our guest is Colin Dickey, a writer perhaps best known for his popular nonfiction book from years ago, "Ghostland." Dickey is a regular contributor to The LA Review of Books and Lapham's Quarterly; he also co-edited "The Morbid Anatomy Anthology." An active cultural historian and associate professor of creative writing at National University, he joins us to discuss his latest book. That is book is "The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained." Per The New Republic: "Dickey's new book about the rise of conspiracy theories and paranoid thought...


Conductor Gerard Schwarz to Soon Lead the Tulsa Symphony in a Broadcast-Only Classical 88.7 Concert
03/25/2021

Our guest is the renowned orchestral conductor Gerard Schwarz, who will lead the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra in a special broadcast-only concert to be aiared on our sister station, Classical 88.7 KWTU-FM, on Saturday the 27th at 8pm -- with a rebroadcast happening on Sunday the 28th at 4pm. (In both cases, the over-the-air concert can be live-streamed online at publicradiotulsa.org .) Schwarz has had a pioneering, quite remarkable career in music, which he tells us about. Now serving as the Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony as well as the Music Director of the Frost Symphony Orchestra at...


"Under the Sky We Make: How to Be Human in a Warming World"
03/25/2021

Yes, the climate is warming, and yes, we human beings are causing this warming. And yes, things look very bad. But what can be done...and what can **we** do...right now? Our guest has some answers; she is Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the well-regarded Lund University in Sweden. Born and raised on a vineyard in Sonoma, California, Nicholas studied the effect of climate change on the California wine industry for her PhD at Stanford. Since then, she's published 50+ articles on climate and sustainability in leading academic journals; her research has also been featured in...


"Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic"
03/25/2021

We're pleased to welcome back to our program the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Frankel, whose newest book, which he tells us about, is "Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic." The book employs in-depth interviews with the film's director, stars, crew, casting team, and others to provide the definitive account of an American movie like no other. One of the most innovative and daring motion pictures of its time, Midnight Cowboy won three Oscars, including Best Picture...and it was the first film ever to get an "X" rating. It's a movie that...