World Cafe
11:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland
Kris Payne/Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

Set List:

  • John Moreland, 'High on Tulsa Heat'
  • John Moreland, 'Cleveland County Blues'
Headlines
8:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Headlines: Texting/Driving Ban, Tax Cuts & Artists at the Capitol

Headlines for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Oklahoma officially bans texting and driving ,effective November 1. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin is signing a bill banning the use of tobacco products in public schools. (AP)

  • Budget negotiators are hoping to have an agreement by the end of the week. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Mix: Hop Along, Other Lives & Wet

Hop Along

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we hear the catchy, raspy-voiced rock from Hop Along, a slight shift in sound from Stillwater band Other Lives, and a dose of R&B and dance sounds from Wet.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Testing
10:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Two Bills Seek to Replace End-of-Instruction Exams with One Test. But What Test?

Representative David Derby (R - Owasso) authored House Bill 1622.
Credit okhous

There are two bills idling in the legislature that would address what many have called excessive testing in Oklahoma’s schools. But the two bills are fundamentally different.

School children in Oklahoma – and across the country—take quite a few tests these days.

Some believe - too many.

It was under this same premise that Representative David Derby wrote House Bill 1622.

"I got pulled in to the principal’s office, quite literally in Owasso, from one of the counselors there at the high school. And she said, Representative Derby, we are testing our kids too much."

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Heavy Rotation
9:08 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Other Lives settled down in Portland, Oregon to record "Reconfiguration," a song opbmusic couldn't get enough of this month.
Emily Ulmer / courtesy of the artist

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and then we feature one of those songs on Morning Edition.

Other Lives left their hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma two years ago and relocated to Portland, Oregon to record the follow-up to 2011's Tamer Animals. In an exhaustive search for a new musical identity, the band wrote more than 60 prospective songs for their latest album, Rituals. If the lead single, "Reconfiguration," is any indication, the change of scenery did them some good. Like many of their previous efforts, "Reconfiguration" features rolling piano arrangements and lush production, but gone are the obvious folk influences and the echoey sonic imagery of wide open spaces. Moodier and smoother than its earthy predecessors, "Reconfiguration" showcases Jesse Tabish's sultry singing, which is more emotive than on past recordings. And this time around, the echo chamber is reserved for a haunting backing chorus that would give listeners the creeps if the overall arrangement weren't so damn sexy. —Jerad Walker, opbmusic

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

How Should We Balance Fear In Our Kids' Lives?

As parents we try to protect our kids from some of the terrors of the world, but we also want to balance that out with not wanting to coddle our children.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Martin explains it’s not always easy.


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Headlines
8:13 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff, Texting/Driving & Colorado Pot

Headlines for Tuesday, May 5, 2015:

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he won’t resign, but also won’t seek reelection in 2016. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill allowing for shorter sentences in non-violent crimes. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin plans to sign legislation making it illegal to text and drive. (News9)

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

2 Armed Men Killed After Shooting Outside Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:16 am

Updated 4 a.m. ET Monday:

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports: Organizers of the contests for cartoons and caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad had hired 40 off-duty police and security officers — including some members of local SWAT teams — in anticipation of the possibility of trouble. The evening, billed as a free-speech promotion, was nearing its end when two unidentified men drove up to the building and opened fire, wounding a security guard in the leg. The assailants were engaged immediately by law enforcement in a gunfight and shot dead in the parking lot.

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Headlines
8:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Headlines: Session Ending, Hospital Closures and Norman Credit Card Charges

Headlines for Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are getting closer to the end of the legislative session. (Tulsa World)

  • An Oklahoma Senator is raising concerns over a bond proposal to finish the Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • As the legislative session nears its end a pay raise for teachers appears unlikely. (Journal Record)

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Politics
5:39 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:38 pm

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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