This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Predictions for the Upcoming Election

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the upcoming election, voter turnout and any predictions.

2014 Election
7:40 am
Fri October 31, 2014 Hopes to Get Out the Vote One Page View at a Time

During elections people take pride in wearing their “I Voted” sticker, but what if there was a website that worked as a permanent “I DIDN’T Vote” sticker.

In 2010, more than two million Oklahomans were registered to vote, but only about half of them made it to the polls.

So David Glover created to make people aware of the importance of having your voice heard.

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2:53 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

What A Brush With SARS Taught A Doctor About Ebola

A man wears a protective mask as he carries a bouquet of flowers at Women's College Hospital in Toronto in March 2003, when SARS fears about were widespread.
Kevin Frayer AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 12:45 pm

Back in 2003 I was a junior doctor working at a Chicago teaching hospital.

As one of the newer docs, my daily appointment schedule had lots of openings. Pretty much any assignment nobody else wanted came my way.

One morning the nurse who managed our clinic told me that my first patient for the afternoon may have been exposed to a deadly virus while he was traveling in Asia.

My job would be to dress up in a medical hazmat suit, examine him and figure out whether he should be quarantined.

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Oklahoma Music
1:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Elvin Bishop Still Feels at Home Playing the Blues

Elvin Bishop

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

Elvin Bishop’s family moved to Tulsa when he was 10 years old. He attended Will Rogers High School and won a scholarship as a National Merit Scholar to the University of Chicago, where he studied physics. Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that when Bishop wasn’t studying physics, he was studying the blues.

“When he gets there, he winds up hearing all these great blues musicians – Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and so forth. He told me, ‘the first thing I did when I got there was to make friends with the black dudes working in the cafeteria at the university.’ And within a very short period of time, he was deep into the blues scene there in Chicago.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:23 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Hearing on Disposal Well Rules Exposes Gaps in State’s Earthquake Response

Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, questions Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at an interim study and hearing about earthquakes and disposal well oversight held in October 2014.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s earthquake surge is unrelenting. The shaking is rattling residents and cracking the foundations of homes.

The quakes have also strained state agencies, which are struggling to keep up with the ongoing swarm while simultaneously developing a longer-term plan to analyze and address factors that might be triggering the earthquakes.

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October On Tap
7:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

McAffrey Speaks; Russell No-Shows at 'On Tap'

Congressional District 5 candidate Al McAffrey at KOSU's On Tap on October 29, 2014.

Central Oklahomans are deciding the next Congressman from District 5 between state Senator Al McAffrey and former state Senator Steve Russell.

On Wednesday, October 29, KOSU held a forum which was planned to be a debate between the two candidates.

McAffrey showed up, but Russell did not.

We still had a lively discussion with McAffrey at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District.

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7:50 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Saturday Event Could Save a Child's Life

Spending 15 minutes to focus on safety could save a child's life.

KOSU's Crystal Huffman tells us how.

This Saturday the Oklahoma Department of Health is sponsoring a free car seat check.

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Carless in OKC
7:15 am
Thu October 30, 2014

A Vehicle Option for the Carless in OKC

Choosing to go without a vehicle in the Oklahoma City area, doesn’t always mean going completely without a car.

John and Elizabeth Tankard explain the options available to those choosing to go Carless in OKC.

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2:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Changes Coming for Morning Edition & All Things Considered

Beginning November 17, you may find yourself a little off kilter when you listen to Morning Edition.  We hear from many of you that you know you're late if you hear the local weather and you haven't reached a certain part in your commute or gotten your kids out the door.  Well, you might want to reset those clocks.

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Oklahoma Music
11:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Once Derided for His 'Uptown Blues,' Lowell Fulson Now Celebrated

Lowell Fulson
Ace Records

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

Blues guitarist Lowell Fulson was born to parents of Choctaw and African-American descent in Tulsa in 1921. He was raised in Ada, playing guitar at church and picnics, before landing a job in 1939 as a guitarist for country-blues singer Alger “Texas” Alexander.

He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served for two years before beginning his recording career. His first rhythm and blues hit came on the Swingtime label in 1948 with the now-blues standard “Three O’Clock Blues.”

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