Science Museum Oklahoma presents a traveling exhibit that explores the science of rock music. The museum’s resident “Celestial Wizard,” Wayne Harris-Wyrick, took a break from running the planetarium to show KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll around. He says rock music is important because it reminds us of our roots and our development as a human race.
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Flip through the radio stations in your car or visit the mall this month and you’ll probably hear “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” a time or two. The song was recorded in 1953 by then 10-year-old Oklahoman Gayla Peevey. The song’s popularity helped raise enough money to adopt Matilda, the Oklahoma City Zoo’s first hippo. KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll had a chat with Peevey for the 60th anniversary of the song’s release.
The fun, aggressive pop band BRONCHO is reminiscent of both The Ramones and Weezer. Straddling the line between pop and punk, the band's 2011 debut Can't Get Past The Lips has 10 songs but clocks in at just 20 minutes.
The Blues: When most people hear it they think of Memphis or Chicago or New Orleans even Kansas City. But, there’s a resurgence of the blues in Oklahoma focusing on the present as well as the past.
Just off I-40 and Highway 69 north of Checotah sits the small town of Rentiesville. The historic black town of just 99 people includes the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in an old bar which opened in 1936.