World Cafe
11:52 am
Wed March 18, 2015

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD McPherson
Kelsey Stanger / WXPN

To hear JD McPherson say it, he heard Little Richard and there was no turning back. That pioneering hero and the music of Buddy Holly form the basis of the sound of the records McPherson has gone on to make. His song "North Side Gal" caught a lot of attention for his first album, which was made in a bit of a vacuum with nobody having many expectations.

That's not so true for his new one, Let The Good Times Roll. McPherson worked hard to not make the same record again. We'll talk about that process, let him expound on some of his favorite music and mostly hear some fabulous performances from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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Headlines
7:55 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Headlines: High-Stakes Testing, Mall Opposition & Unemployment

Headlines for Wednesday, March 18, 2015:

  • An investigation of the County Commissioners Association leads to a shakeup in leadership. (Journal Record)
     
  • Oklahoma City’s Superintendent blames testing on high suspension rates among minorities. (NewsOK)

  • Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation file a petition to remove their chief. (Tulsa World)

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Politics
6:03 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Would Automatic Voter Registration Increase Turnout?

Advocates are looking to a new Oregon law as a model for increasing voter turnout.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Go to renew your driver's license in Oregon, and you will now be signed up to vote automatically.

It's the first state in the country with that sort of law, which is designed to make voting easier, and stands in contrast to the trend seen in the past several years in more conservative states.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Mix: Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens & Tame Impala

Kendrick Lamar

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the surprise release of Kendrick Lamar's new album, a return to intimate, acoustic sounds by Sufjan Stevens, and a melding of classic rock and dance music from Tame Impala.

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

Politics
1:26 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

House GOP Budget Sets Stage For Showdown With The President

Republican Rep. Tom Price, House Budget Committee chairman, said Tuesday that his budget "saves $5.5 trillion, gets to balance within 10 years, without raising taxes."
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 8:18 pm

House Republicans unveiled a draft budget Tuesday designed to bring government spending in line with revenues over the next decade, while making significant cuts to safety net programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

The plan is non-binding, but sets the stage for a political showdown between the new, all-Republican Congress and President Obama.

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JenX with Jennifer Lindsey McClintock
8:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

What Would You Miss If You Couldn't Read?

In our modern society, most of us take the ability to read for granted.

But, even today, there are an estimated 400,000 Oklahomans who are functionally illiterate.

Here’s Jennifer Lindsey McClintock with the week’s JenX.

Jennifer is an Oklahoma City native that works in marketing and Public Relations. You can reach her on twitter @jeninthe405.

Headlines
8:07 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Headlines: Execution Secrecy, Earthquake Study & Testing

Headlines for Tuesday, March 17, 2015:

  • A Senate panel barely passes a bill to ban teachers from paying union dues through their paycheck. (NewsOK)

  • Secrecy might have led to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last April. (Tulsa World)

  • Electric company OG&E defends its call to raise customer rates as much as 15-percent by 2019. (NewsOK)

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Politics
7:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

Polls show changing American opinion on marijuana, and it's having an effect on politics.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:26 am

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.

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Education
4:29 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Don't Apply To Elite Schools

Kristen Hannah Perez, a low-income, high-achieving student from Celina, Texas, plans to attend Dartmouth€ College next fall.
Shereen Meraji/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:01 pm

Right now, high school seniors across the country are trying hard not to think about what is — or isn't — coming in the mail.

They're anxiously awaiting acceptance letters (or the opposite) from their top-choice colleges and universities. But this story isn't about them. It's about a big group of seniors who could get into great schools but don't apply: high-achieving students from low-income families who live outside of America's big cities.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Missed Abortion Language Tangles Senate's Trafficking Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't let the chamber vote on Loretta Lynch — the nominee to become the next attorney general — until the Senate passes its human trafficking bill.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 8:01 pm

A once widely supported Senate bill that would create a fund for human trafficking victims has hit a snag over language Democrats say they didn't know was in the bill — a provision that would bar funds collected under the measure from being used to pay for abortions. And the impasse over that language now threatens to delay other Senate business, like confirming a new attorney general.

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