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StoryCorps 424: April 19, 1995

Thursday, April 23, 2015

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we're featuring two interviews from survivors. Christopher Nguyen and PJ Allen are two of the only six children at the day care center in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to survive the bombing.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma City: 20 Years of Healing Continues

Friday, April 17, 2015

This weekend, the nation will pause to remember a dark moment in American history: The Oklahoma City Bombing, which took place 20 years ago this Sunday.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Lawmakers Push to Ban Fracking Bans

Friday, April 03, 2015

Red state, small government? Think again. Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to pass measures that would ban cities and counties from restricting oil and gas drilling in their own backyards.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 402: Beyond The Front Lines Part I

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voic​​es Special", a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Pushes Back Against the EPA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last June, President Obama instructed the EPA to issue new regulations on power plant emissions. But Oklahoma is saying not so fast. Attorney General Scott Pruitt is questioning the EPA's legal authority to impose limits state by state.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"Something's Wrong"

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Last night, an execution in Oklahoma went horribly wrong, with Clayton Lockett writhing on a gurney for 43 minutes before eventually dying of a heart attack, rather than the untested cocktail of drugs administered to him. Katie Fretland witnessed the execution, and Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer has been tracking the legal twists and turns of the case. They discuss the huge public response to this incident.

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The Takeaway

Congressman Tom Cole on Oklahoma's Recovery

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When it comes to bad weather, Oklahoma is all too familiar with disaster. Last week's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was the 74th presidential disaster declared in the state in the past 60 years. The state is No. 1 in tornado disasters and No. 3 for flooding. Congressman Tom Cole discusses the state’s tornado recovery effort—and where relief funding should come from.

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The Takeaway

A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

Monday, May 27, 2013

One week ago today, a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people, including seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The tornado produced winds of more than 200 M.P.H. that leveled whole blocks of homes and businesses. Lindsie Harms, a fifth grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School, explains how the community is coping.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath

Friday, May 24, 2013

It has been a devastating week for the people of Oklahoma. Monday’s tornado left twenty-four people dead, hundreds injured, and an estimated 2 billion dollars in damage. Despite the destruction, students from Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore high schools will graduate as planned on Saturday. Jeff Wood and Brooke Potter will be among them. 

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The Takeaway

The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The giant tornado that struck Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Monday destroyed entire neighborhoods, leaving at least two dozen dead, and hundreds injured. Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City, gives an update on his area is faring now, and what work is at the top of his to-do list. 

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma City Tornado: 200 M.P.H. Winds, EF-4 on Fujita Scale

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

While Midwesterners see tornadoes almost every spring, few twisters leave the magnitude of damage that yesterday's tornado dropped on Moore, Oklahoma. Dozens are dead, untold numbers are injured, and damage is likely to be in the billions of dollars. 

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway's Musical Road Trip: Oklahoma City with the Flaming Lips

Monday, August 06, 2012

This summer, The Takeaway has been hitting the road, and hearing the hits, on our virtual music road trip. Today our stop is the great music town of Oklahoma City, and our tour guide is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band The Flaming Lips.

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The Takeaway

Strong Warnings Precede More Than 100 Tornadoes in the Midwest

Monday, April 16, 2012

“This is a life-threatening situation. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter.” That was the explicit public warning heard in communities across five states over the weekend as a weather pattern idea for the creation of severe storms lived up to its billing by weather forecasters. More than 100 tornadoes in 24 hours hit following an extraordinarily clear and persistent series of warnings days in advance. But the warning did nothing to temper the severity of the storms. Michael Kimball is a reporter with The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Suspects Arrested in Tulsa Shooting, Grand Jury in Trayvon Martin Case, Corporate Earnings Released

Monday, April 09, 2012

Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, explore the stories for the week ahead, including the shootings in Tulsa, Trayvon Martin developments, jury selection for John Edwards trial, and inflation reports.

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The Takeaway

Why Cushing, Oklahoma Matters

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Yesterday, President Obama kicked off a two-day tour to highlight his administration’s energy strategy, which includes a stop in a small city called Cushing. If you aren’t from Oklahoma, you might not know about Cushing, or why it factors into the president’s energy plans. Ben Allen, a reporter from affiliate station KOSU in Oklahoma City, is here to explain. Carol O’Dell owned a ranch just outside Cushing, and she’s still a regular visitor to the town.

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The Takeaway

New Program in Oklahoma Tires to Offset High Rate of Female Incarceration

Thursday, February 10, 2011

As states across the country are dealing with a budget crisis, some in Oklahoma are pointing to what has become a financial nightmare: the rate of female incarceration. Oklahoma puts more women behind bars than any other state. And at the annual cost of $15,000 per inmate, incarceration has become a top budgetary concern.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma City: Shedding the Legacy of Tragedy

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Since a bomb attack in 1995 killed 168 people, Oklahoma City has resisted being a metaphor for the attack itself. Can a city ever shake the legacy of a tragedy? Pastor Mark McAdow, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City discusses the healing process for Oklahoma City. The church is located across the street from the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building; when the federal building was bombed, two thirds of the church was damaged.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma's Ban on Sharia Law in Courts Raises Questions, Fires up Supporters

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Earlier this month, seventy percent of voters in Oklahoma said yes to a controversial amendment to the state's constitution, which bans the use of Sharia law in Oklahoma's courts. On Monday, a U.S. District Judge extended a ban on the Sharia amendment. In a state that has only very few Muslims – between 15,000 and 30,000 – why did so many Oklahomans feel that Sharia law was a threat? 

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The Takeaway

Toxic Town, USA

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Picher, Oklahoma, was like many other towns in the United States in the early 20th Cenutry. It became a boomtown after lead and zinc were found in its ground. But by the 1970s, it ran dry, and the mining companies left, leaving Picher with a mound of pollution. It soon became a Superfund site. Residents were then offered money by the government to leave, and soon the police department and local government were disbanded. However, some residents, like John Garner, decided to stay in his hometown.

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WQXR News

Parts of Oklahoma Under State of Emergency

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Fifty-nine counties in Oklahoma are in a state of emergency after flash floods dropped 10 inches of rain in just a few hours on Monday.

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