Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Boston University historian Jonathan Zatlin.
Allied powers divided war-torn Germany into four zones of occupation after World War II, with three of those zones uniting in 1949 to form what became known as West Germany.
The Soviet Union controlled the fourth zone, and East Germany remained within the Eastern Bloc’s sphere of influence for the next four decades.
Boston University modern European historian Jonathan Zatlin says the divided nation served as a tripwire for all the tensions of the Cold War, and that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin worried a united Germany posed a security risk.
At least 40 nonprofit or government-owned hospitals in Oklahoma spent less than 1 percent of their net patient revenues caring for those who couldn’t afford to pay their medical bills, records show.
The data, obtained by Oklahoma Watch and analyzed and reported with the Tulsa World, covers 2011 and 2012. Some hospitals reported spending below 1 percent during both years while only one year of data was available for others.
Most of the hospitals with charity care below 1 percent had negative operating margins but a few did not.
An Oklahoma-based film is up for several awards at a film festival celebrating Native Americans.
"The Cherokee Word for Water" is one of several films nominated at the 10th annual Red Nation Film Festival and Awards Show. The festival honors individuals or groups supporting Native Americans through film, television or network productions. The film has earned a nomination for best picture.
Parents, teachers and other education officials are expected to voice their concerns over a set of public education principles known as common core state standards.
A legislative hearing will be held Tuesday before a House committee on common core. There is growing opposition, especially among conservatives, to the standards that were approved in 2010 and are now being implemented by Oklahoma school districts.
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 7:44 am
A court in Bangladesh has handed down the death penalty for 152 soldiers in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.
The Associated Press says that "the sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody."
Gov. Mary Fallin says criticism from educators of Oklahoma' A-F grading of schools is unproductive and could affect funding for public schools next year.
Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told the Tulsa World that the criticism cripples Fallin's ability to make the case to the public and to lawmakers that increased funding can help improve schools and student performance.
With the increase, the agency is seeking about $495 million in funding for fiscal year 2015. The department says the money would be used to pay for a growing number of offenders who are placed in private prisons.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says education is the "new minimum" for economic success.
Fallin was in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday for a summit to discuss connecting education with the workforce.
Fallin said the number of well-paying jobs that required a high school education or less has fallen from 80 percent about 50 years ago to 35 percent today. She said the new minimum for well-paying jobs is a two-year or four-year college degree or a certificate in the field in which a person wishes to work.