Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go?

Birds flock over the active portion of Jeff Bedick's Waste Connections landfill.
Credit Kate Carlton

It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore. 

Jeff Bedick is the District Manager for Waste Connections, which operates a landfill in west Oklahoma City. The facility sits on 200 acres, which mostly just looks like a giant, grass-covered hill on the side of the highway.

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The Mix
12:33 am
Mon April 21, 2014

The Mix Hosts Honeylark & Aaron Pierce

Credit Robot House Creative

KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Music
7:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Horse Thief Embraces Fear In Bliss

Alex Coleman, Cameron Neal and Alberto Roubert of Horse Thief
Credit Ryan LaCroix

Tonight, Oklahoma City band Horse Thief celebrates the release of their debut full length album for Bella Union Records.

The band plays a mixture of psychedelic rock and folk rock, along with the guitar sound reminiscent of The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and hints of Fleet Foxes and James.

Horse Thief signed a deal with Bella Union Records in 2013, making them label mates with indie rock favorites Beach House, Fleet Foxes and fellow Oklahomans The Flaming Lips.

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Veterinarians Rural Oklahoma
4:43 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

New Animal Doctors Facing Tough Financial Future

In a couple of weeks, more than eighty students are graduating from Oklahoma’s Veterinary School as doctors of veterinary medicine.

KOSU’s Chloe Charlton reports most of them are facing a bleak future, at least in the financial sense.

OSU’s new veterinarians face $200,000 in debt, and with the average starting salary hovering around $45,000, it could take decades to pay these loans back.

In 2008, Oklahoma’s state government agreed to supplement a federal program, encouraging OSU graduates to practice large animal medicine in rural communities.

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, Neb. The State Department is extending the review period for the pipeline, given ongoing litigation in Nebraska over the project.
Lane Hickenbottom Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:58 am

  • Tamara Keith's Report For 'All Things Considered'
This post was updated at 6 p.m. ET.

The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The additional time was given "based on the uncertainty created" by an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska, according to a State Department statement.

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Author Interviews
8:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 11:10 am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren became an unlikely media star following the 2008 financial crisis.

She was a plainspoken law professor from Harvard who advocated on behalf of families and consumers affected by the Wall Street meltdown.

Warren was brought to Washington to help monitor the multibillion-dollar bank bailout package.

As part of that work, Warren helped to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a watchdog agency that oversees and enforces consumer finance laws.

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Favorite Sessions
10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

KCRW Presents: Warpaint

Warpaint in the KCRW studios.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:00 pm

For their self-titled sophomore effort, the L.A. band Warpaint spent a few weeks writing and recording in a decked out house with a geodesic dome in the high desert of Joshua Tree. With driving bass lines, beautifully harmonized vocals and confident but yearning lyrics, the quartet has crafted songs that demand your full attention.

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2:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery

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The May 5 issue of Forbes Magazine features Harold Hamm, the CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, on the cover. Read the story below.
Harold Hamm has transformed the U.S. oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low - and making himself a $17 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning. Two Scotches in, with seats on the floor of Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, Harold Hamm is feeling good.
3:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Mustang Adopts Bible Course Developed by Hobby Lobby President

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The Mustang school board voted Monday (April 14) to adopt a Bible course developed by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. The board agreed to beta-test the first year of the Museum of the Bible Curriculum, a four-year public school elective on the narrative, history and impact of the Bible.
The Mustang, Okla., school board voted Monday (April 14) to adopt a Bible course developed by Steve Green, clearing the way for the Hobby Lobby president, whose suit against the Affordable Care Act is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, to enter another charged arena at the borderline of church and state.
Oklahoma Music
6:33 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Stillwater band Colourmusic Explores the Sound of the Color Purple

Ryan Hendrix and Nick Ley of Colourmusic
Credit Ryan LaCroix

Earlier this week, Stillwater band Colourmusic released their new album, May You Marry Rich, via British label Memphis Industries. It’s their third full-length and showcases the band’s perpetual shift in sound.

When I first met Colourmusic, they were a five piece and often dressed in matching white jumpsuits. They were a whimsical band that often used gimmicks in their live show. These gimmicks included a satire on the modern American family, where band members dressed as a father, mother, son, daughter and uncle.

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