Same-Sex Marriage
6:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is "arbitrary" and "irrational," a federal judge ruled the ban violated the constitution and it should be struck down.

U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern, however, put a hold on his ruling, pending an appeal. This means gay marriages will not begin immediately in the state.

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Tue January 14, 2014

OKC Museum Curator Says Pigeons Are NOT "Rats With Wings"

Museum curator Lorrie Montero and her husband, Andy.
Nikole Robinson Carroll KOSU

Recently, KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll took a trip out to a museum that’s been around for about 20 years in an Oklahoma City home, but has just moved to a nearby new facility and is prepared to open anew this week.  The subject matter of this museum is a particular animal, but not one that’s really thought of as iconic to Oklahoma like the bison.  It’s a bit smaller…  the pigeon.  Or as Sandy Bates calls them in “Stardust Memories,” “rats with wings.”

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Politics
7:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Speak of the Devil: A Talk With Satanic Temple’s Lucien Greaves

Credit The Satanic Temple / thesatanictemple.com

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

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Earthquakes
7:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge

Chad Devereaux cleans up bricks that fell from his in-laws' home in Sparks, Okla., in November 2011, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours.
Sue Ogrocki AP

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.

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Morning Edition Host
8:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Nikole Robinson Carroll Joins KOSU, Hosts Morning Edition

You may have noticed a new voice guiding you throughout the morning on KOSU. Beginning in November, Nikole Robinson Carroll joined KOSU as the new host of Morning Edition.

“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.”

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

After May Tornado, Black Mesa Brewing is Still Alive

Black Mesa Brewing Company logo
Credit Black Mesa Brewing Company

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.

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Uniquely Oklahoma
10:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Mustang Brewing Company Bounces Back From Tornado; Opens New Tasting Room

Credit Mustang Brewing Company

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.

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Oklahoma Music
7:40 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Oklahoman Holiday Hit Singer Gayla Peevey Talks About Fame and Hippos

Credit Gayla Peevey

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.

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Film
8:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Oklahoma Whovians See "Day of the Doctor..." and Share Some Insights

Credit Trillium Design / Flickr

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.  

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Foster Care
8:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

DHS Makes Big Change for Foster Care

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.

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