The Oklahoma Observercast

The Oklahoma Observercast

Latest Episodes

Observercast Episode 25: Primary Postmortem
July 07, 2020

Political junkies rejoice! We invited longtime former House Democratic Leader Scott Inman to join us for Observercast Episode 25 – a June 30th election postmortem – to break down last week’s primary results and discuss what they portend for Oklahoma’s ...

Observercast Episode 24: Ten Days, No Home
June 30, 2020

Thousands of Oklahomans hang by a financial thread. Rent is due. Refrigerators are empty. Food lines are long. There’s overwhelming stress, fear and uncertainty. With unemployment claims up 1,612.44% since the first week in January and problems persist...

Observercast Episode 23: Yes On 802
June 25, 2020

On Tuesday, June 30, Oklahoma voters can act where a Republican-dominated statehouse has fiddled for more than a decade – on Medicaid expansion. If State Question 802 is approved in primary voting, an estimated 200,

Observercast Episode 22: Justice Has Not Been Done
June 23, 2020

Tulsa became the epicenter of the world’s racial justice movement last weekend when Juneteenth commemorations, street protests against police brutality, and President Trump’s re-election kickoff collided in an often tense,

Observercast Episode 21: Take Away The War
June 11, 2020

For more 30 years, ex-Tulsa Police Chief Drew Diamond has helped law enforcement agencies refocus their work as “peace officers” instead of paramilitary operations. An architect of, and expert on, the practice of community policing,

Observercast Episode 20: Not The Future, The Right Now
June 08, 2020

In Observercast Episode 20: Not The Future, The Right Now, we talked with state Sen. George Young, who grew up in Memphis in the 1960s, not far from the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

Observercast Episode 19: A Top 10 State In Police Violence
June 06, 2020

Will the murder of George Floyd – his very life snuffed out by a Minneapolis police officer’s knee – be the tipping point that finally helps America fulfill its promise of equality and justice? Or will it turn out to be just another dispiriting case of...

Observercast Episode 18: 2020 Session Wrap-Up
June 02, 2020

It unfolded over only 36 in-session days due to the pandemic hiatus, but the Oklahoma Legislature sure left a mark this session. In this episode of Observercast, we wrap up the highlights – and some would say,

Observercast Episode 17: Getting Oklahoma Right On Crime
May 23, 2020

In 2016, Oklahomans made clear they are tired of being the incarceration capital of the world, approving two state questions aimed at reversing decades of punitive, tough-on-crime policies and refocusing criminal justice on rehabilitation,

Observercast Episode 16: Administrator Of The Courts
May 19, 2020

The 2020 Oklahoma Legislature tentatively waved so long to the Capitol on May 15, hoping its in-session work was complete two weeks before the constitutionally mandated 5 p.m. May 29 deadline. There was drama galore in the pandemic-shortened session: l...