The Oklahoma Observercast

The Oklahoma Observercast

Latest Episodes

Observercast Episode 31: Why Would You Want To Teach?
August 10, 2020

It’s a question often posed to aspiring teachers. Veteran educators, too. Why would you want to teach? In Observercast Episode 31, fourth-generation and National Board Certified Teacher Claudia Swisher and Oklahoma Aspiring Educators Association Presid...

Observercast Episode 30: One Gut-Wrenching Decision After Another
August 06, 2020

When the State Board of Education punted on statewide school reopening standards, the hot potato was tossed to local superintendents and school boards. In Observercast Episode 30: One Gut-Wrenching Decision After Another, Mid-Del Superintendent Dr.

Observercast Episode 29: Teaching During COVID
August 03, 2020

For teachers, back-to-school typically is about planning lessons and readying classrooms. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it can involve life or death decisions. In Observercast Episode 29: Teaching During COVID,

Observercast Episode 28: Save Our Stages
July 28, 2020

Even with infusions of emergency government aid, many small businesses are struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially hard hit: Oklahoma’s shuttered live music venues – treasures like Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom and Oklahoma City’s Tower Theat...

Observercast Episode 27: This Is What Small Government Looks Like
July 20, 2020

On Thursday, the State Board of Education is expected to discuss a mask mandate for Oklahoma’s public schools. It isn’t clear what the board has in mind – or even the breadth of its legal authority to require face coverings.

Observercast Episode 26: The Sun Shining And The Stars All Aflame
July 14, 2020

Oklahoma County’s chief prosecutor, David Prater, threw the book recently at more than a dozen protesters arrested during late spring’s racial justice demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

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,