Recently, the Oklahoma State Capitol has become a major battleground in the debate over freedom of expression. The placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds has led to requests for statuary representation from other groups, including Hindus, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Satanic Temple. The panel overseeing the Capitol grounds has stopped accepting these requests until an ACLU lawsuit regarding the Ten Commandments monument is settled, but the New York-based Satanic Temple is continuing with its plans. It’s even submitted a design, which h
For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state's most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.
The quakes are small, and they're concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.
“Nikole has a radio style that is very relaxed, which we thought was a great fit for KOSU’s Morning Edition,” says Rachel Hubbard, associate director for KOSU. “I always find it amazing how much of a relationship people feel with the Morning Edition host. Over the coming months, I think listeners will find Nikole to be a funny and quirky person who is excited to spend part of the day with you.”
In addition to the homes and schools that sustained damage during this past tornado season, several area businesses, both large and small, took a hit. The craft beer community was not immune, but like everyone else, is recovering. Mustang Brewing Company, established in 2009, just opened its new tasting room and goes back into full-scale production in 2014. A newer brand, Black Mesa Brewing Company, is also rising from the wreckage to continue quenching the thirst of craft beer enthusiasts in Oklahoma.
Mustang Brewing Company’s brand new tasting room opened Friday for the first time since sampling beer became legal in November. Company President Tim Schoelen says the event was not only a momentous legal occasion; it was also a great way to celebrate Mustang’s move into a new brewhouse after the May tornado. Schoelen says Mustang resumes full-scale commercial production in their new home in 2014 with a new series of craft beers. Mustang also continues its collaborative relationship with the band Hanson and their MMMHops line of brews.
Flip through the radio stations in your car or visit the mall this month and you’ll probably hear “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” a time or two. The song was recorded in 1953 by then 10-year-old Oklahoman Gayla Peevey. The song’s popularity helped raise enough money to adopt Matilda, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippo. KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.
Whovians young and old came together in Oklahoma City for the "Doctor Who" feature film “Day of the Doctor.” When asked to choose a favorite incarnation of the Doctor, their answers were as varied as their age range.
New fans and devotees from the classic days of the series unite in their love of the Doctor, regardless of his form – but they don’t all agree on which of the Doctor’s companions they love most.
After failing results and a lawsuit, DHS is taking a different approach to shore up its foster care system. The agency is outsourcing. Contracting foster parent recruitment and management out to private agencies that have more free time and available resources. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports how the change is expected to help and the reaction from a couple of Oklahoma City’s foster parents.
What do you pump pure gas or do you use a little ethanol? In most of the country there’s no question you go with the mix but there are a lot of holdouts in Oklahoma who still demand a regular supply of ethanol free fuel. Why? What does pure gas do that the ethanol can’t? KOSU’s Quinton Chandler finds the answers and explains how federal standards may take away our choice between the two types of gas.