Around the Nation
7:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 12:12 pm

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.

This Land Press
3:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Woody Guthrie is a Punk Rocker

Gore Gore & Yjess at Barkingham Palace.
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Folk performers like John Fullbright, Terri Hendrix and the son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, are set to play the 17th edition of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, which continues today through Sunday in the tiny eastern Oklahoma town of Okemah.

Mitch Gilliam traces the pioneering influence of Woody Guthrie on today’s punk-folk vagabond musicians.

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Wrestling
8:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Book Shines Light on Latino American Impact on Wrestling

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A new publication sponsored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater addresses an overlooked facet of the history of wrestling.

KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll reports.

Co-author and former Oklahoma State University sociology professor Dr. Lee Maril says the book highlights a part of wrestling history that’s often left out of other texts. 

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Miranda Lambert And The Soft Side Of Tough

Miranda Lambert.
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Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 9:57 am

Miranda Lambert has painted herself as one of country music's bad girls: Whether it's solo or with her trio Pistol Annies, she's got a deep catalog of songs about revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Obama's Request For Immigration Funds Meets Pushback On The Hill

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:04 pm

President Obama has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the influx of immigrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Senate Appropriations Committee is holding a hearing Thursday about the request.

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Music
4:59 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Garth Brooks Finally Embraces Digital Music

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Garth Brooks is finally embracing digital music, but he's doing it his own way.

Brooks, one of the last holdout big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on iTunes, said Thursday he will make his back catalog of hits and his new music available for download, but only through his own website. He said the digital downloads of previous music would be available in a few weeks to tide fans over until a new album comes out later this year.

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Joe Dorman Proposes Tapping Franchise Tax
3:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Governor Candidate Announces Education Plan

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Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman unveils his “Classrooms First” proposal for education in Oklahoma during an announcement in Tulsa Thursday.

He wants to use revenue from the state franchise tax for education funding.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding. This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential.”

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Film
2:46 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Rockmentary 'The Front Man' Chronicles Rock Singer's Pursuit of Fame

Documentary filmmaker Paul Devlin in the KOSU studios
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Documentarian and five-time Emmy winner Paul Devlin is in Oklahoma tonight to screen his new film, The Front Man.

Devlin says the film is more than a documentary - It’s also a romantic comedy, which is a departure from his usual fare.   The central characters are musician Jim Wood and his wife, Christie, who over the course of the film struggle with the choice of whether or not to start a family.  He adds the film serves as a commentary on the obsession with celebrity and the validity of art with a smaller audience.  

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Oklahoma Music
1:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

WYNC Features Oklahoma's John Fullbright

Vicki Farmer

WNYC's Soundcheck featured Oklahoma musician John Fullbright on their show yesterday. Host John Schaefer interviews John and has him play some music from his new album, Songs.

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Around the Nation
7:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Rumors Motivate Central American Kids To Set Out For U.S. Border

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:30 am

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