The Oklahoma Observercast

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A Conversation With Cherokee Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
July 19, 2021

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. joins us for this week’s Observercast to separate the rhetoric from reality on the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt decision, assess legislators’ fixation o

Making Kids Count
July 13, 2021

Despite ubiquitous family values rhetoric and religious piety, the cold, hard reality is Oklahoma ranks in the Bottom 10 nationally in overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundat

‘Tax Breaks For Me But Not For Thee’
June 29, 2021

An hour after Del City Democratic Rep. Andy Fugate debated against SB 1080 that would extend tax credits to private school scholarships and foundations, Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed Fugate’s HB 1849 that w

When We’re All Rooting Together
June 22, 2021

Don’t call it a comeback, Tower Theater’s been here all year. Other live entertainment venues haven’t been so lucky, though. We talked again with Chad Whitehead, operating partner at the historic Tower Theater on NW 23rd Street in Oklahoma City,

For the People Behind Us
June 14, 2021

This year’s legislative session was one for the record books in terms of horrible, terrible, no-good ideas…particularly when it came to our LGBTQ and Two-Spirit friends, family members, and neighbors. We talked with Kao Morris from the Tulsa Equality C...

Administrative Tissue: Checking The Governor’s Power
June 07, 2021

Gov. Kevin Stitt can’t win for losing at the Oklahoma Supreme Court, but his record of legal futility is a silver lining for the vast majority of Sooners. In this week’s Observercast – Administrative Tissue – attorney Brian Ted Jones helps unpack the c...

Former Osage Chief Jim Gray: History Is Going To Get Out
May 24, 2021

While Oklahomans are preoccupied with Hollywood A-listers filming Martin Scorcese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon in Osage County, their state government is busy passing laws like HB 1775 to outlaw teaching the violent historical truths like those de...

Problems Of Epic Proportions
May 18, 2021

Oklahoma lawmakers have an Epic problem on their hands: what to do about the state’s troubled virtual charter school. Tulsa Rep. Melissa Provenzano, a career teacher and administrator, joins us for this week’s Observercast – Problems of Epic Proportion...

Gritting Out The Vote
May 10, 2021

Oklahoma’s voter participation rate is abysmal. In last year’s presidential election, barely half – a mere 50.4% – of those old enough to register and cast ballots bothered to do so. For this week’s Observercast – Gritting Out The Vote – former TV news...

Turning Our Backs On History: Rep. John Waldron On HB 1775
May 03, 2021

Spring temperatures are warming, but the Legislature’s Republican hypermajority is morphing into snowflakes, working to ban teaching that could – oh, the humanity! – make students feel guilty about America’s legacy of racism and sexism.