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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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StateImpact's Robby Korth reports on how masking rules are applied unevenly in Oklahoma's schools.A survey conducted by the State Department of Education last month found about 80 percent have some rules requiring masks in place. However, only about half of the state’s schools require masks in the classroom. Many policies simply apply to buses or h…
 
Oklahoma state schools superintendent Joy Hofmeister says it’s impossible to know what school will look like in the near and distant future. But, she tells StateImpact’s Robby Korth wearing masks and taking the virus seriously are critical to getting to a place where safe in person schooling is again the norm.…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel and former House Speaker Kris Steele about Governor Stitt's restrictions on bars and restaurants and mask requirement for state employees nd in state buildings to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as Stitt's firing the president of the Virtual Charte…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel and sitting in for Neva Hill is former House Speaker Kris Steele. They discuss an end to an amendment on the Open Meetings Act allowing for public bodies to hold meetings virtually, the Oklahoma County Budget Board voting to take $15M returned by the J…
 
Oklahoma has been using federal coronavirus relief funding to ensure everyone can get tested for free without requirements, such as symptoms or a known exposure. That helps public health agencies track and fight spread. That funding expires Dec. 31, and officials are urging Congress to replace it.By StateImpact Oklahoma
 
Oklahoma voters rejected State Question 814. It would have taken payments away from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, which funds public health measures like tobacco cessation and cancer research, and put them toward Medicaid expansion. The state is expected to see a $1 billion infusion of federal health funding, but has to put in about $150 …
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the race in Congressional District Five where Republican challenger Stephanie Bice beat Incumbent Democrat Kendra Horn, and both State Question 805 to end sentence enhancements and 814, to take money …
 
Most high school students in Oklahoma can’t vote, yet the presidential election will have a tremendous impact on them. So, Oklahoma Engaged, with the help of youth civic engagement non-profit Generation Citizen, decided to talk directly to them. StateImpact’s Robby Korth guides listeners through their conversation.…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the outgoing Republican Oklahoma County Sheriff endorsing the Democratic candidate for the election to replace him, State Question 805 to remove sentence enhancements for nonviolent offenders and Stat…
 
Two years after Oklahoma educators walked out of their classrooms and stormed the state Capitol, fewer teachers are running for state legislative seats. This year, more than 50 education candidates launched campaigns for legislative seats, down from 112 candidates who ran in 2018, according to figures from the Oklahoma Education Association. In an …
 
Turmoil has swirled around Epic Virtual Charter Schools for years. But StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports a state audit has intensified calls to take action against the school and its for profit management company. And that’s clouded the future for the more than 60,000 students who attend Oklahoma’s largest school district.This COVID-19/education re…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the upcoming General Election and races they are watching, the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police endorses GOP State Senator Stephanie Bice for Congressional District Five and Democratic U.S. Sen…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the fallout for Epic Virtual Charter School following a reports from the State Auditor and Inspector and Governor Stitt faces pushback from trying to move forward with the privatization of Medicaid. T…
 
In the midst of a historic pandemic and the onset of flu season, Oklahoma public health workers have another emergency to address. Statewide, syphilis cases among women have grown by more than 850 percent in four years. In south-central Oklahoma's Carter County, the case rate has grown by 900 percent since last year. Public health specialists tackl…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about a fight between the Oklahoma County Commissioners and the Oklahoma County Jail Trust over immigrations officers in the jail, the State Auditor releases a "deeply concerning" investigation of EPIC Virt…
 
The Theatre Crude Fringe Festival is returning for its second year. Because of the pandemic this year, the event is taking place online with mostly prerecorded shows and one live stream. The festival running October First through the tenth includes local and national performers. Our guests include Theatre Crude co-founders Adam and Jenny Brand, as …
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about support from Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe to vote for President Trump's nominee to replace the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Co…
 
Oklahoma voters approved Medicaid expansion via State Question 802 in June. Six of Oklahoma's 77 counties approved the measure, and those counties were largely the state's most urban. Soon, conventional wisdom attributed the vote breakdown to the urban-rural divide.. However, The Oklahoma Policy Institute dug into the data and found there was more …
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a criminal justice reform group calling on Governor Stitt and the Department of Corrections to take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19, Tulsa City Council unanimously approved a new Hate …
 
Since classes started this semester StateImpact’s Robby Korth has been tracking COVID-19 cases in schools across Oklahoma. So far he’s identified almost 200 school districts where a case has been publicly announced. Korth spoke with StateImpact Managing Editor Logan Layden about the tracking project.…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a new White House Coronavirus report putting our state in the top ten for COVID positivity rate and daily cases per capita, a federal appeals court declares Oklahoma City's 2015 anti-panhan…
 
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about State Senator Stephanie Bice defeating Terry Neese in the Republican Primary Runoff for Congressional District moving to the General Election against incumbent Democrat Kendra Horn, while Horn is getting an endorsement from the U.S. Chamb…
 
It's episode 214 of the Okie Geek Podcast, brought to you by Okie Comics. The Oklahoma Board Game Community is returning to physical venues to hold its Board Game Meetups. Founder Mike Dattalo says the mask mandate in Oklahoma City is helping to dramatically drop the number of positive cases in the area, so after a survey with members, they decided…
 
The Oklahoma State Board of Education refused to pass a plan that featured a masking mandate and required pivot to distance learning amid rising case numbers of the coronavirus. Instead, they opted to make a thorough plan simply a recommendation. The result, few school districts are following the state's guidelines as they reopen for school.…
 
A growing number of school districts across Oklahoma are already pivoting to distance learning because of the continued spread of the coronavirus. The decisions aren’t made easily, as evidenced by hours long meetings and narrow votes by local school boards.More could - and if cases don’t fall will - move online. So how did that move go last spring …
 
Few people have had a bigger impact on Oklahoma than early governor and framer of the state’s constitution Alfalfa Bill Murray. But StateImpact’s Robby Korth reports Murray’s racist beliefs are now sparking conversations to change the way Oklahomans remember him today.By StateImpact Oklahoma
 
It's episode 212 of the Okie Geek Podcast brought to you by Okie Comics, SoonerCon is getting postponed until next year, because of the pandemic, but you can still show off your favorite Costumes in its contest to be viewed online. Organizer Summer Rain, a cosplayer herself, joins us to talk about the event, and what we can expect as participants a…
 
In the wake of Black Lives Matter activism across the country, teachers are re-emphasizing their role in leading discussions about racial justice. StateImpact’s Robby Korth spoke with Tulsa Public Schools Manager of Equity Content Denita White and Hawthorne Elementary School third grade teacher Katherine Maloney about how to talk to children about …
 
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