KOSU Music
5:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

KOSU Music: Natalie Prass, Father John Misty & Bryan Ferry

Natalie Prass

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at young Nashville songwriter Natalie Prass, the awesome weirdness of Father John Misty & an incredible collaboration between Bryan Ferry, Nile Rodgers & Johnny Marr.

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Heavy Rotation
10:48 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Oil Boom's song "The Sneak Tip" is a KOSU favorite this month.
Courtesy of the artist

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and then we feature one of those songs on Morning Edition.

Today we go to Oklahoma City, where Ryan LaCroix is the Operations Manager and All Things Considered host at KOSU. He also hosts a program called Oklahoma Rock Show, two hours of local music on KOSU every Thursday night.

The band Oil Boom is based in the Dallas / Ft. Worth metro area, but lead singer Ryan Taylor hails from Oklahoma City. LaCroix says the song "The Sneak Tip" is just plain fun.

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8:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Remembering Saturday Morning Cartoons

  One of the biggest memories for Generation X is watching Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Jennifer Dennis-Smith takes us into the Way Back Time Machine in this week’s Jen X.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional.

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The Salt
3:01 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

How 'Double Bucks' For Food Stamps Conquered Capitol Hill

These wooden tokens are handed out to shoppers who use SNAP benefits to purchase fresh produce at the Crossroads Farmers Market near Takoma Park, Md. Customers receive tokens worth twice the amount of money withdrawn from their SNAP benefits card — in other words, they get "double bucks."
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 12:52 pm

The federal government is about to put $100 million behind a simple idea: doubling the value of SNAP benefits — what used to be called food stamps — when people use them to buy local fruits and vegetables.

This idea did not start on Capitol Hill. It began as a local innovation at a few farmers' markets. But it proved remarkably popular and spread across the country.

"It's so simple, but it has such profound effects both for SNAP recipients and for local farmers," says Mike Appell, a vegetable farmer who sells his produce at a market in Tulsa, Okla.

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10:45 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Help KOSU Share the Stories of Oklahoma City's Homeless Population

Every story has dignity and a uniquely human touch, but some stories are harder to tell than others.

When KOSU opened a studio in Oklahoma City’s Film Row district, we started working one block away from the City Rescue Mission and came in daily contact with the homeless community. We wanted to find a way to tell their story, a story that is mostly untold with dignity.

Now, with your help, we have an opportunity to do that. With the inspiration of programs like StoryCorps and Youth Radio, we are raising funds so the homeless community can tell its story in a very personal way.

KOSU will lend its expertise in radio and sound mixing, and your gift will help recruit members of the homeless community and buy recorders to allow them to tell their own stories. KOSU will then help them mix down the sound into a documentary that we will air and make available for podcast.

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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Wizard World Comes to Tulsa

Rachael Ceballos (left) and Adrian De Sa Pereira (right)
Michael Cross

For the first time ever, one of the biggest pop culture conventions made its way to Oklahoma.

Wizard World which currently runs 16 conventions across the country brought its event to Tulsa over the weekend.

Hundreds of people in various outfits based off science fiction, fantasy, comic books and popular culture stream into the exhibition hall under the Wizard World banners.

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Arts & Culture
7:24 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Pet Therapy Program Helps OSU Students

Evie (left) and Charlie (right), two pet therapy dogs-in-training, wait patiently for a treat.

Oklahoma State University’s Pet Therapy Program is lending a helping paw to people on the Stillwater campus.

KOSU’s Savannah Titus reports therapy dogs can reportedly reduce stress and lower blood pressure.

OSU’s Pet Therapy Program provides one of the most comprehensive, full- time programs in the nation.

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7:15 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Stillwater Plans for Earthquakes

Credit facebook.com/StwSema

Stillwater’s Emergency Management Office is working with a new list of priorities focused on earthquakes.  

Working in unchartered territory, the office developed recommendations based on California protocol, a state with longstanding and time tested earthquake safety practices.

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2:46 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

In Surprise Move, Supreme Court Takes On Fate Of Obamacare Again

Time for a replay?: Protesters waited outside the Supreme Court for decisions in June.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:48 pm

Once again the Supreme Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act lives or dies.

Defying expectations, the court announced Friday it has agreed to hear a case that challenges the heart of the law: subsidies that help people pay their insurance premiums. In about three dozen states, the federal government runs the online marketplaces (exchanges) where individuals can find health plans.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Court Rules Against Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:27 pm

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, adding to an already confusing mix of contradictory decisions that is sure to propel the issue to the Supreme Court.

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