The 20th anniversary of one of the most horrendous acts in Oklahoma's history will be a time of remembering and reflecting. The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City represents the worst act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil, but it also represents a community responding in a way many hold as the gold standard.
Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary, and we need your help. We all remember exactly where we were that day, whether we were in high school or just sitting down to work. We're looking to tell the story of our collective experience, especially stories that and untold or undertold?
Where were you that day? Did you feel or see the detonation? Where were you when you heard the news? How were you called upon to help in the aftermath? How were you affected? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has an amazing story that tells the experience in a way that we all need to hear.
If you are willing to share your memories and stories from that day and the impact on your life, we'd like to hear from you. You can share your story on this specially dedicated site, and we may contact you later for more information. We'll also be recording listeners' recollections on a specially dedicated phone line -- (405) 325-8700 -- and sharing them on the air and online. If you know someone with a story to tell, please encourage them to call, too.
Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 8:27 pm
A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.
Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:39 pm
In Oklahoma, a state that largely rode out the recession on a gusher of new-found oil, things may be about to change.
Now it costs more to produce most of Oklahoma's oil than it's worth on the world market. That's triggering a sharp economic reversal, one that some say has the makings of a prolonged downturn.
"Over the last five years, the stars really aligned," says Roy Williams, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. "The community's investment in itself just blossomed, the energy industry blossomed."