Arts & Culture

JenX with Jennifer Martin
11:31 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Dealing with the Rain

The recent rains in Oklahoma bring mixed feelings for some.

While the ongoing onslaught of torrential downpours can be depressing, Jennifer Martin recognizes how equally refreshing the rain can be in this week’s Jen X.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids. Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

2:33 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

For Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara, a Fearsome Fairy Godmother

The New York Times recently featured a profile of former Oklahoma City University theatre professor Florence Birdwell. Her students are in the profession by the dozens, including Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara.
When it was her turn to sing at Florence Birdwell's master class for former students in Midtown Manhattan the other day, Heather Botts, a delicate blonde with a beautiful voice, announced that she would be performing " Another Life," from the musical "The Bridges of Madison County." "Terrible show!" barked Mrs.
Arts & Culture
6:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

Carrot pullers from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Mexico. "We come from all states and we can't make a dollar in this field noways. [sic] Working from seven in the morning until twelve noon, we earn an average of thirty-five cents." California, February 1937
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Documentary photographer Dorothea Lange had a favorite saying: "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera."

And perhaps no one did more to reveal the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photographs gave us an unflinching — but also deeply humanizing — look at the struggles of displaced farmers, migrant laborers, sharecroppers and others at the bottom of the American farm economy as it reeled through the 1930s.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:19 am

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Modern Health in Oklahoma

As Generation Xers get older, the idea of health care becomes more and more prevalent.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis Smith brings us the story of two women and their battle with cancer.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenniferDS_APR.

Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Bixby High School Bypasses Band Contests In Favor of Further Music Education

Jeremy Parker rehearses the Bixby High School wind ensemble as the musicians prepare for their end of the school year concert.
Kurt Gwartney

Competition can be fierce in Oklahoma’s high school extracurricular activities. From athletic fields to performance halls, students take seriously the trophies they bring back to their schools. One award-winning Tulsa-area music program has decided to step away from a hallmark band contest to make the spring semester all about the music.

The Bixby High School marching band, better known as The Pride of Bixby, won its number one spot during marching season with a crazy kind of circus on the field. Unicyclers, tumblers, disappearing color guard members and rotating horn players spread across the gridiron, helping to make their show number one in the state in its class, 6A-2.

But the band intentionally fell silent for the spring state concert band contest. For the second year in a row, the Bixby High School band chose to pass on this contest.

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NPR History Dept.
2:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

Jennifer Maravillas Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:25 pm

Has American English become homogenized? Have our regional ways of saying particular things — sometimes in very particular ways — receded into the past? Or do we talk as funny as ever?

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Monkey See
10:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

The End Of 'American Idol'

Ryan Seacrest (from left), Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban
Matthias Vriens-McGrath Fox

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 2:23 pm

[Note: Listen to the audio above to hear a conversation I had with Pop Culture Happy Hour team member Stephen Thompson about the end of the show.]

Ahead of its fall programming presentation to advertisers in the afternoon, Fox announced Monday that the 15th season of American Idol, which will begin in January 2016, will be the last.

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Author Interviews
5:37 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

The Mercy of the Sky

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:37 pm

Two years ago, one of the worst tornadoes on record hit the town of Moore, Okla. And you might say to yourself, well, doesn't this always happen there? It's called Tornado Alley for a reason.

And that's pretty much how the residents of Moore think about tornadoes. They're just part of life, and you take your chances. But that kind of thinking was part of the problem on May 20, 2013. The storm that came through that day was different. It was horrific.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue May 5, 2015

How Should We Balance Fear In Our Kids' Lives?

As parents we try to protect our kids from some of the terrors of the world, but we also want to balance that out with not wanting to coddle our children.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Martin explains it’s not always easy.


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