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Tulsa Talks: A TulsaPeople Podcast

2.4: #KnopeLife — Anna America

February 20, 2019

Langdon Publishing

Anna America took the helm at Tulsa’s Parks and Recreation department in the fall of 2018. Despite being relatively new at this position, Anna is certainly no stranger to life in the public eye.

This episode of Tulsa Talks is brought to you by Celebrate LIFE, March 7 at the Cox Business Center, a gala benefiting LIFE Senior Services.

You’re listening to Tulsa Talks, a TulsaPeople podcast, episode 2.4. I’m Anna Bennett.

Today, it’s "thought for your thoughts" with the director of Parks and Rec, Anna America. 

Then detective Ian Swart is on the case, investigating a local hill turned literary landmark: Holmes Hill.

That’s Anna America, who took the helm at Tulsa’s Parks and Recreation department in the fall of 2018. Despite being relatively new at this position, Anna is certainly no stranger to life in the public eye. Most recently, Anna was executive director of the Child Abuse Network and has also been the executive director for Up With Trees and Tulsa’s Communities in Schools. 

She also sat on the City Council from 2014-2018, resigning in order to take the position as parks director. So yeah. Anna America is definitely Tulsa’s own Leslie Knope.

Your average Tulsan thinks of every park, greenspace and playground as part of a monolithic "public space." But the reality of Tulsa’s parks is a little more complicated. 

Plus, a segment on obscure Tulsa history that’s even nerdier than playing Cones of Dunshire. Ian Swart, the resident Sherlockian of the Tulsa Historical Society, is here with the story.

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Every episode, we play you out with some local music. Today’s selection is "I’ve Been Wrong Before" by Dane Arnold and The Soup. 

Check out the new music video for this song, now on YouTube. Visit daneandthesoup.com to learn more about this artist and this song.

 

 

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