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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ODOT Wants Help in Planning through 2040
7:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma Transportation Plans for Next 25 Years

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation wants to hear from you about its Long Range Transportation Plan.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the soon-to-be updated 25-year plan will see the state through 2040.

ODOT is holding three meetings next week asking for public help in crafting a transportation plan for the next 25 years.

Director Mike Patterson says he’s looking forward to hearing from people on things like highways, rural transit, waterways and rail.

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Allergy Education
9:13 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Adrian Peterson Launches Allergy Education Program

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His face swollen, breathing becoming difficult, Adrian Peterson didn't panic.

Maybe it was his resourcefulness as an elite athlete, or his ability to focus even in the most dire circumstances. But Peterson knew what to do two years ago when a severe allergy attack hit at Vikings training camp.

Now, he wants to make sure everyone else knows how to react.

Peterson has helped launch an educational program called Ready2Go for people with severe allergies.

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Traffic to Flow Again by June 14th
4:12 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Lexington-Purcell Bridge Reopening Soon

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation expects to reopen a bridge between Lexington and Purcell in the next two weeks.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the $20 million project south of Oklahoma City took longer than expected.

ODOT officials had hopes to complete the bridge between Lexington and Purcell just 45 days after it was closed on January 31st.

But, that got delayed and Chief Engineer Casey Shell tells the Transportation Commission it should be back open to the public on June 14th.

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Music Reviews
3:09 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

John Fullbright's new album is called Songs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 3:09 pm

John Fullbright's Songs is the most interestingly uneven album I've heard in a while. The work of a smart young man, it's also the work of a self-conscious young man who's prone to mistaking articulate melancholy for wisdom. Fullbright's debut album contained bold melodies and told stories about daydreamers and offbeat people. On Songs, Fullbright opts for pure mood-setting, sounding morose in an attempt to signal subtle passion, but that's not really how it plays out.

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First Book from Bombs Away Art's Dorshak Bloch
10:14 am
Mon June 2, 2014

OKC Artist Tells a Strange and Wonderful Story with Debut Graphic Novella

The Title Character of Dorshak Bloch's debut graphic novella, The Story of Ivan A. Alexander.
Credit Dorshak Bloch / Literati Press

An Oklahoma City publisher has released the debut graphic novella from a local artist and designer. 

KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll reports The Story of Ivan A. Alexander is the first of a trio of graphic novellas set to release through Literati Press Comics & Novels by Dorshak Bloch. 

More at bombsawayart.com.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Legislators Turn Attention to the Interim

Lawmakers managed to get all their work done one week before they were required to by the state constitution.

But, that doesn’t mean all the work is done for the year.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, the Journal Record’s Marie Price explains most of the work over what is known as the Interim focuses on items they couldn’t get accomplished during the regular session.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol jrlr.net.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Miranda Lambert's 'Priscilla,' An Ode To 'Being Queen Of A King'

Miranda Lambert's album, Platinum, comes out on June 3.
Randee St. Nicholas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:56 am

Pop stars are the ideal companions of their fans' daydreams, speaking their most romantic hopes and defiant declarations through the songs on the Top 40. Miranda Lambert, however, is the kind of friend who's not going to take anybody's bull. As country's most lauded million-selling artist, beloved by everyday listeners and critics alike, Lambert has crafted a body of work grounded in the realism of muscle, flesh and heart.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

StateImpact on OETA: Possible Lawsuit Over Recently Signed Drilling Incentive

I was on Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss the controversial tax incentive for oil and gas drilling, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed on May 28.

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Code Switch
10:55 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994.
James Whitmore The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 7:07 pm

A monument outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work. The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. But in fact, he was born a year earlier.

Still, events in Oklahoma City — his birthplace — and New York City, where he spent most of his life, are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year.

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