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The Fires Of Isengard Are Going To Spread
October 04, 2021

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to uncover why this year’s statewide school test results were so poor. But serious inquiry first requires wading through the governor’s anti-public ed bullstitt to g

Open Arms In Oklahoma?
September 27, 2021

Last week, the first of 1,800 Afghan refugees slated to resettle in Oklahoma arrived to a warm welcome from aid groups – and an icy reception from the state Republican chairman. For this week’s Observ

From Tragedy, An Opportunity
September 13, 2021

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – a painful reminder that we’re losing far too many neighbors who no longer feel they can navigate the darkness. Especially heartbreaking, we’r

Extra! Extra! When The Feds Come To Oklahoma
August 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education today served notice to Oklahoma that a new state law blocking local school districts from imposing mask mandates may subvert federal statutes requiring students with d

Public Health Pandora’s Box
August 30, 2021

COVID-19’s deadly, contagious fourth wave cries out for a strong, coordinated state response. But Gov. Kevin Stitt is AWOL when it comes to shepherding Oklahomans through the mounting public health cr

What We Can Do Despite Delta
August 09, 2021

Oklahoma students are heading back to school this month amid a fourth COVID-19 wave that has sent infections, hospitalizations and deaths soaring. Further complicating matters, children under 12 still

Bootstrapping An Equitable Oklahoma Economy
August 02, 2021

While members of the Legislature’s Republican supermajority spent the summer wailing against vaccine mandates and Critical Race Theory, demanding an audit of the 2020 election and condemning communism

Whatever Happened To Local Control? The Curious Case Of SB 658
July 26, 2021

With Oklahoma soaring to No. 7 in per capita coronavirus cases and classrooms reopening in less than month, a new law blocking local school districts and higher ed leaders from mandating masks or requ

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