Music
3:28 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Has Backyard Swagger

Miranda Lambert's new album is called Platinum. Lambert has become one of the best-selling artists in country music, and one of the most critically acclaimed. Rock critic Ken Tucker says her new album continues Lambert's ongoing project to create songs about women who are complex, fun-loving, and assertive.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:47 am
Wed June 4, 2014

2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake-Up Call For School Officials

Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri is one of several public school buildings damaged or destroyed by a 2011 tornado. Since the storm hit on Sunday, no one was inside the buildings.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis / Oklahoma Tornado Project

Two years ago, a violent tornado hit Joplin, Mo. at a time when children were not in their classrooms. If the day and time had been different, that community could have become known for students killed by a storm instead of Moore, Oklahoma.

That near miss caused officials with the Joplin schools to look at storm shelters in a new light.

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OKC Thunder Ends Season, Looks to the Next One
7:40 am
Wed June 4, 2014

This Week's Sports Talk Looks at the OKC Thunder Season Past and Future

Sportscaster and Journalist Brent Weber talks to KOSU's Michael Cross about the final game of the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder and looks ahead to the new one which starts in just five months as well as focusing on the Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

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NPR Ed
11:18 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

Teachers in East Lansing, Mich., used the walls of a classroom to map out the Core standards and how they correspond with the current East Lansing curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 9:29 am

This time next year, millions of schoolkids in the U.S. will sit down for their first Common Core test. In some places, the stakes will be high — for kids, their teachers and their communities. The goal of the Core benchmarks in reading and math is to better prepare students for college, career and the global economy. But the challenges are huge.

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KOSU Music
6:00 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

KOSU Music: Owen Pallett, Bob Mould & Sondre Lerche

Sondre Lerche - "Bad Law"

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

This week, we talk about new music from Canadian musician Owen Pallett, a new solo album from Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould, and a new tune from Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche.


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NPR Ed
2:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Common Core Curriculum Void

Just some of the more than 700 math books that have been reviewed for Common Core alignment by professor William Schmidt and his team at Michigan State's Center for the Study of Curriculum.
Cory Turner NPR

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 9:29 am

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. That means new learning benchmarks for the vast majority of the nation's young students — millions of kids from kindergarten through high school. And, for many of them, the Core Standards will feel tougher than what they're used to. Because they are tougher.

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Local News
11:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma City's Film Row Featured on OETA

OETA's Susan Miller recently featured Oklahoma City's film exchange district, better known as Film Row, on the ONR (Oklahoma News Report).

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Carbon Emissions Policy
10:19 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Ready to Fight EPA Proposal to Cut Carbon Emissions

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's Muskogee Power Plant was part of more than $80 million in renovations done at OG&E coal plants between 2003-2006.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection agency on Monday announced an ambitious plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at existing coal-fired power plants across the country as part of President Barack Obama’s push to curb climate change.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt blasted the move, saying in a statement the plan “has no legal basis or the force of law.”

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Law
9:42 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists

The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.

Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.

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Military Family Life
8:42 am
Tue June 3, 2014

JenX: Introducing Self-Identified "Air Force Wife" Jennifer Martin

Credit Sam Howzit (aloha75) / Flickr

This week on JenX, we introduce a new Jen - Jennifer Martin.  For her first contribution to the series, she reflects on the ways her life is about to change as her husband retires from the military.

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