Affordable Care Act
9:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Obama's Health Care Law Offers Certainty for Native Americans

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The Affordable Care Act takes another stab at fixing healthcare for all Americans.  But, one change buried deep in the hundreds of pages of sections and subtitles could make a big difference for one specific group of Oklahomans.

“I’m David Touhty, I’m the Chief Development officer with the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. The Indian Health Care Improvement Act is going to help us expand and really bring health care into the 21st century."

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Next: Broncho

Broncho.
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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Chesapeake Energy CEO In Hot Seat Today

Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon.
Scott Detrow StateImpact/Pennsylvania

The NBA finals aren't the only big news in Oklahoma City.

This morning, shareholders of Chesapeake Energy, the natural gas driller at the center of the nation's hydraulic fracturing controversies, are meeting in Oklahoma City, where the company is headquartered. But the buzz at this gathering won't be about fracking or basketball. It will be about Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake's controversial CEO.

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Twitter
2:05 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

T. Boone Pickens Owns Drake on Twitter

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Canadian rapper Drake boastfully tweeted "The first million is the hardest".

This was followed by a tweet from T. Boone Pickens, who issues a mic-drop in the form of a tweet with, "The first billion is a helluva lot harder".

World Cafe
10:09 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Next: John Fullbright

Courtesy of the Jesse Costa/WBUR
  • Hear two new tracks by John Fullbright

Hailing from Okemah, Okla., with a serious talent for writing Americana music, John Fullbright is often compared to Woody Guthrie. But Fullbright isn't riding on the coattails of the great folk artists who came before him; in fact, he describes himself as a songwriter, not just a musician, because he's determined to play his own music.

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Around the Nation
12:27 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Massive Storm Leaves Frozen Footprint Across U.S.

Cars sit in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive after accidents and drifting snow stranded the drivers during a blizzard in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. were left shivering in Arctic-like temperatures a day after a 2,000-mile-long winter storm barreled through, dumping record or near-record amounts of snow, downing power lines and caving in roofs.

Wind chills dipped to nearly 30 below zero in some parts early Thursday as people began digging out from the sprawling system. It unloaded as much as 2 feet of snow, crippled airports and stranded drivers in downtown Chicago. Much of Texas was under a hard freeze warning Wednesday; light snowfall stubbornly lingered into the night in Maine.

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Around the Nation
11:47 am
Wed May 23, 2012

In Central U.S., Fears Storms Will Continue

Oklahoma Task Force One search-and-rescue members (from left) Jim Winham, Nick Swainston and Kevin Mann search through debris for victims Tuesday in Joplin, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

More than a dozen people died after violent storms swept across Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, unleashing tornadoes and high winds just days after a massive twister razed much of a Missouri city.

In Oklahoma, hardest hit by the storms that struck Tuesday night and early Wednesday, officials said nine people, including a child, were killed when several twisters touched down in Oklahoma City and its suburbs. At least 70 other people were in critical condition.

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Around the Nation
11:38 am
Wed May 23, 2012

The Agony Of The Heat

Leena Allen, 9, tries to beat the miserable heat by standing in front of a misting fan during a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

The eastern U.S. felt the full, blazing brunt Thursday of a heat wave that began in the Plains and has strained tempers and electricity grids from Tulsa to Boston amid record temperatures and stifling humidity.

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Remembrances
11:01 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Remembering 'Intrepid Storyteller' Anthony Shadid

New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid (second from right) reported from Embaba, a neighborhood in Cairo, in February 2011 during the revolution that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Ed Ou Getty Images

I met Anthony Shadid on a ruined airstrip in western Afghanistan in the winter of 2001-'02. He was sporting a beard and longer hair in those days that made him look a little like a crusading Arab warrior. We spoke briefly and exchanged a few bits of useful news about the place. As I recall his face now, I realize Anthony's secret: His sincerity was piercing, disarming and infectious.

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Music Interviews
10:38 am
Mon May 21, 2012

John Fullbright: The Man (And Album) Written In Oklahoma

John Fullbright's new album is From the Ground Up.
Courtesy of the artist

Okemah, Okla. — the birthplace of Woody Guthrie — has another musical native son to call its own. John Fullbright's recordings mix folk, country and blues, and his lyrics often tackle big-picture topics.

"I grew up with a lot of questions that couldn't really seem to be answered," Fullbright tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Why are we here? Did some higher power make all of this? Did he make me? And songwriting is kind of your own voice, your strongest voice, that you can use to ask yourself those questions."

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