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Okie Geek is a weekly interview show with Oklahoma people about events and places with a geeky twist. The geek/nerd fandom is growing strong in Oklahoma and Okie Geek hopes to make people aware of all the fun stuff going on in the Sooner State.
 
Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps has given more than 450,000 people — Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, in towns and cities in all 50 states — the chance to record interviews about their lives. As part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour, StoryCorps recorded interviews in Oklahoma City from February 8th to March 9th, 2018. Listen to some of those stories here.
 
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Meeting a stranger can be difficult for some people. Meeting a stranger with opposing beliefs can be even more difficult. But this year, Oklahomans have signed up to do it — to talk to someone they know ahead of time thinks differently than they do. The goal for One Small Step conversations is to get to know one another - learn about the stories an…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about Education Secretary Ryan Walters coming under fire for attacking schools as they are forced to close their doors as COVID numbers skyrocket, State Representative Terry O'Donnell resigning his post as …
 
Oklahoma recorded some of its highest daily case counts of the pandemic in the past week. You wouldn’t think so, just looking around. Virtually no mask mandates in businesses or cities. Many employers requiring in-person work. Schools and universities welcoming all of their students back to the physical classroom. But health officials say new issue…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the Tax Commission estimating the state will have more than $10B in the 2023 fiscal year budget, a grand jury indicting House Speaker Pro Tem Terry O'Donnell of writing a law to allow his wife to beco…
 
One Small Step participants Nick Zoller and Karen McBee were not only one of the first sign-ups here in Oklahoma in 2021, but were also the first conversation KOSU recorded. Both Nick and Karen have experiences as educators in higher education. We paired them not only because of their similarities in careers, but because both of them were looking t…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about Governor Stitt refusing to renew hunting and fishing licenses for Oklahoma tribes, the U.S. Supreme Court setting a date to consider an appeal based on its McGirt decision from summer of 2020 and a st…
 
If you are an amateur baker and want to make a large batch of cookies for the holidays, you might think you can just double the recipe. However, when you increase the size of the batch, things don’t always interact the same way. In this episode, Meghan Robinson speaks with Dr. Darren Scott, a food scientist at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Scott e…
 
Meeting a stranger can be difficult for some people. Meeting a stranger with opposing beliefs can be even more difficult. But this year, Oklahomans have signed up to do it — to talk to someone they know ahead of time thinks differently than they do. The goal for One Small Step conversations is to get to know one another - learn about the stories an…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the state of Oklahoma announcing its taking part in at least five lawsuits against the Biden Administration over vaccine mandates, the state's new public health lab in Stillwater comes under federal s…
 
This is the final episode in our three-part series "The Battle for Greenwood" and is produced by Focus: Black Oklahoma, in partnership with KOSU. This episode, "Reparations," looks at Tulsa Race Massacre descendants' demands that they be compensated for their trauma; the City of Tulsa's pushback against reparations; the domestic history, and global…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the Secretary of Defense denying a request from Governor Stitt of a COVID-19 vaccination waiver and a federal judge putting an injunction against vaccine mandates against health care workers in facili…
 
Federal relief money for the coronavirus has injected more than $1 billion into Oklahoma’s public schools. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports that in many places, it’s giving schools a chance to catch up on much needed infrastructure improvements.By KOSU
 
For decades, the NCAA has limited the compensation student-athletes can earn based on an antiquated amateurism model. However, in the summer of 2021, the Supreme Court ruled the NCAA was being unlawful. Since then, student athletes can now not only be compensated through scholarships, but also paid for their name, image and likeness (NIL), as well.…
 
On this episode of Focus: Black Oklahoma we dive into the complications and chemicals of Capital Punishment with Carlos Moreno and Dr. Nick Alexandrov investigates healthcare as reparations. Focus: Black Oklahoma has been selected to participate in the Advancing Democracy cohort with the Solutions Journalism Network, or SJN. Our series "In a Confus…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the announcement from Epic Virtual Charter School of cuts to its workforce as the district has lost nearly three-fifths of its student population, the Republican plan for redistricting is moving throu…
 
In this episode, Meghan Robinson speaks with Dr. Corinne Schwarz, an assistant professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies at OSU. Her research is broadly based on how gender violence and justice operate in society. More specifically, it looks at anti-trafficking service provisions.By KOSU
 
This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the State Supreme Court overturning a $465M award against opioid manufacturers and the State of Oklahoma challenging the Biden Administrations order mandating vaccines or testing for private businesse…
 
This is the second episode in our three-part series "The Battle for Greenwood" and is produced by Focus: Black Oklahoma, in partnership with KOSU. This episode, "What’s Next, or Is Greenwood Rising?," investigates the contentious relationship and agendas between the two Chambers of Commerce in Greenwood; the backstory of the land on which ONEOK Fie…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the new map released by legislative leaders for the special session to deal with redistricting, the Pardon and Parole Board recommending clemency for death row inmate Julius Jones and a judge stopping…
 
In this episode, Dr. Kenneth Sewell — the school's Vice President of Research — talks with Dr. Moh'd Bilbeisi about architectural illustration and authenticity. Bilbeisi's research focuses on the philosophy between theory and ideals in contemporary architectural illustration. He hopes to offer ways to determine authenticity of a graphic message in …
 
This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel and former Republican Speaker of the State House Kris Steele sitting in for Neva Hill about the resignation of Health Commissioner Lance Frye a day after his agency settled a lawsuit allowing non binary Oklahomans to the gender on their birth certifica…
 
In episode 248, we look at a new exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary in downtown Oklahoma City showcasing video games as an art form runs through February 21st. The program includes many playable games and a look at their influence on contemporary art. Several events are planned over the next few months including GameFest OKC on November 13th, Vide…
 
This week in Oklahoma politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about Republican gubernatorial candidate Ervin Yen announcing he plans to leave the GOP to challenge Governor Stitt as an independent and Stitt threatening to sue the Biden Administration over its vaccine m…
 
Earlier this week, the ACLU announced it would lead a coalition of civil rights and educational groups suing Oklahoma over its controversial critical race theory ban in federal court. StateImpact’s Robby Korth talked with ACLU of Oklahoma legal director and attorney Megan Lambert about the legal action.…
 
When construction faults were discovered in the I-235 bridge in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) needed a team of experts to help with repairs. They contacted researchers at Oklahoma State University to monitor the restoration. In this episode, Meghan Robinson speaks with Dr. Robert Emerson, a faculty member at OSU’s …
 
On this episode, we explore the ongoing complications around evictions and rental assistance in the state. Our new series In A Confused State takes us through the often complicated nature of progress in advancing democracy. The political is embodied in our first segment on reproductive rights. We also examine the many ways in which our war overseas…
 
An Oklahoma City favorite event is returning to in-person after COVID forced it online last year. The Extra Life 24-Hour gaming event at Game HQ on South Western begins Friday evening, November 5th and runs through Saturday the 6th. The celebration of gaming includes table top board games, role-playing games including Dungeons & Dragons, Starfinder…
 
This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about State Superintendet Joy Hofmeister switching her political affiliation to Democrat to challenge Governor Stitt in next year's election, tribal leaders calling out the governor for his stance on the U.…
 
Host: Earlier this month Oklahoma School for the Deaf unveiled a fresh logo featuring their new Bison mascot. StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports the Bison name flips a new page in the storied history of Oklahoma’s school for deaf students. NEWSPAPER CLIPPING PAGE FLIP RK: John Reinenger is thumbing through a book of old newspaper clippings. The page…
 
In episode 246, we are talking to Geoff Cupit with Great Plains Collectors Convention about the first ever Oklahoma City Collectors Convention at the Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building on the State Fairgrounds. The event includes 40 vendors from several states taking up 120 tables, special guests from movies, comic books and anime as well as cosplay…
 
This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Oklahoma City Democratic Senator Julia Kirt, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, about health officials' announcement that 6,200 people needlessly died this year because they chose not to get vaccinated, the Pardon and Parole Board sets the state u…
 
There are many job-related factors that can set off a heart attack for first responders, including suddenly having to sprint, wearing heavy gear, working in extreme temperatures and smoke inhalation. But there is actually a root cause — underlying heart disease associated with lifestyle factors that can be changed. That means many of these deaths a…
 
In a weekly update to state agencies, the Oklahoma State Department of Health warned that strain has led to cutbacks. It reads, in part, "Urgent care centers are reporting decreased hours or are shutting down due to inability to serve patient volume or redirect staff to other facilities to support increase in patients." Like all other health provid…
 
It's episode 245 of the Okie Geek Podcast, and we are talking with Kyri Hester about this weekend's Halloween Special from Red Dirt DnD. Kyri is our dungeon master as in the past holiday specials, but this time we are helping out Extra Life for Kids is raising money for the Children's Hospital Foundation. The game begins at noon on Saturday on the …
 
This is the first episode in our three-part series "The Battle for Greenwood" and is produced by Focus: Black Oklahoma, in partnership with KOSU. This episode, "Street Fight," explores the complex history of the two incarnations of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and their two different missions; the status of the Greenwood Cultural Center in light of…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the governor's decision to wait until after the clemency hearing of death row inmate Julius Jones to decide on his commutation, lawmakers are heading back to the State Capitol n November 15th to deal …
 
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