Nearly 50 people have already contributed to the community story that will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Some of the stories are haunting and really made us stop and think like this one from Lindsey Wilson
"I was 5 years old and was at Baptist Hospital. We were there for a procedure for my dad. I was in the elevator with my mother and grandparents. I'll never forget when the elevator shook from the blast. I remember looking up to my pawpaw and asking him what it was. He just made something up like 'a helicopter landing'. The next thing I remember is them moving my dad to a bed in the emergency room and looking out through the drapes as survivors were brought in. The image of people with soot and blood all over them is etched in my memory."
It was a horrific act of terrorism, and we want to honor our collective experience in a documentary. Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary. 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 community's story, 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 Tue March 10, 2015 8:30 pm
Updated at 8:28 p.m. ET
One of the students seen in a video in which fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma chant a racist song has apologized for his actions, as have the parents of another student seen in the video.
Parker Rice, one of the students, apologized in a statement published by the Dallas Morning News. He called his actions "wrong and reckless."
Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 1:57 pm
In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.
Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.
On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.
Responding to a video that allegedly shows members of its University of Oklahoma chapter chanting racist slurs about African-Americans and lynching, the national office of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has closed the chapter and suspended its members.
The video reportedly captured a scene of members of the fraternity, dressed in formalwear, chanting slurs as they rode on a chartered bus. It surfaced Sunday, immediately drawing wide condemnation for the chant's mention of lynching and the promise that the fraternity will never have a black member.
The Spy and KOSU will launch a new music show this Sunday at 8 p.m. that will continue our Sunday late afternoon / evening tradition of shows featuring the genres of country, Americana, roots, and red dirt music.
Tumbleweeds All the Way Down will showcase American roots music - country, blues, and folk. If it sounds like blood, sweat, heartbreak or alcohol, you will hear it here. The first episode features songs by Lyle Lovett, Whiskeytown, Patti Page, Sturgill Simpson and many more.