World Cafe
5:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

World Cafe Next: Parker Millsap

Parker Millsap.
Samantha Lamb Courtesy of the artist
  • Download Two Songs From Parker Millsap

The latest World Cafe: Next artist is Oklahoma singer-songwriter Parker Millsap, who recently released his solo debut and follows in the footsteps of fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright. With strong songwriting, a powerful voice and an engaging live show, Millsap represents himself awfully well for someone who's only 20. Download a pair of his songs on this page, or as part of our World Cafe: Next podcast.

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Health
9:21 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Why Paper Prescriptions Are Going The Way Of Snail Mail

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 11:09 am

Charlie is like a lot of my patients. He's in his late 50s, weighs a little too much and his cholesterol and blood pressure are both too high. To lower his risk of a heart attack or stroke, he takes daily pills to control his blood pressure and lower his cholesterol.

A couple of times a year, Charlie visits me to make sure the drugs are working and aren't causing problems.

Caring for patients like Charlie has become easier in the last few years because of something that you might take for granted in 2014: electronic prescribing.

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Health Care
7:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Tape Of Hobby Lobby Case Shows Justices' Gender Differences

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 11:27 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court jumped into the Affordable Care Act controversy again. At issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections can refuse to include contraception coverage in a basic health care plan. Joining us in our studio is NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, who was at the argument. Nina, thanks so much for being with us.

NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: My pleasure.

SIMON: Let's begin with just the facts, ma'am, if we could.

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Health
2:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:23 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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Uniquely Oklahoma
11:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Greyhound Rescue Group Works to Dispel Myths Surrounding Racing Culture; Host a Fundraiser

Two Hounds of the Heartland adoptable greyhounds, Peanut and Athena.
Credit Hounds of the Heartland / Twitter

This weekend, an event in Oklahoma City benefits a rescue group dedicated to re-homing retired racing greyhounds.  Hounds of the Heartland holds its Greyhound Gala this Saturday afternoon at the Contemporary Arts Center.  Hounds of the Heartland president Emily Hummel says some people might shy away from adopting a greyhound because of misconceptions about the way racing dogs are treated.

Adoptable greyhounds will be mingling among the guests at the event Saturday.  More information can be found at houndsoftheheartland.org

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Books
4:02 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Book Club Meeting: Come Talk About 'Grapes Of Wrath,' Chapters 11-20

A family prepares to leave Oklahoma for California in 1939, just as the Joads did in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
Russell Lee Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:44 pm

We made it to California! And if you're reading along, you, like us, are two-thirds of the way through John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. So it's time again for us to gather and share our thoughts.

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Oklahoma Music
8:40 am
Fri March 21, 2014

YouTuber Smooth McGroove: Yukon’s Own Video Game Music Appreciation Teacher

Fan art by Crimson-Soda on DeviantArt.com
Credit Crimson-Soda / DeviantArt.com

The long-haired, bearded vocalist known as Smooth McGroove arranges, performs and produces a capella renditions of classic video game tracks, from Final Fantasy to Street Fighter.  He has more than 814,000 subscribers on YouTube to show for it.  KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll spoke with him about his process, his background… and his cat.

You can follow Smooth McGroove on YouTube and Twitter.

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Gaming
8:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Jason Dobson of IndieCardboard: Tabletop Gaming Community is “Like a Family”

  A blogger in Broken Arrow works to show the wider appeal of board and tabletop games.  Jason Dobson manages the website IndieCardboard, which he says takes a different approach to game-related blogging.

You can follow IndieCardboard here or on Twitter.

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Death Penalty
8:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Court Delays 2 Executions Because Of Drug Shortage

An Oklahoma court put the execution of two men on hold on Tuesday because a five-judge appellate panel was not sure that the state could procure the drugs used to put convicts to death.

Lawyers for the two men asked that their executions be delayed because of the uncertainty surrounding the method.

USA Today reports:

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