'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
8:02 am
Fri March 22, 2013

It's All Politics, Mar. 21, 2013

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Last week's CPAC event shows conservatives are split. Immigration and guns are two issues that are dividing the American people. South Carolina Republicans are torn over whether to support Mark Sanford's comeback bid. And NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving aren't even sure if they like each other. This week's podcast hopes to solve these disputes.

Business and Economy
6:07 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

OKC Community Foundation Releases BKD Report

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Community Foundation today released a report addressing Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund. The forensic investigation report was conducted by BKD Accounting Firm in response to questions and allegations about the administration of the fund, which was established following the Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995.

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Politics and Government
5:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Fallin Appoints 11 to Investigative Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed 11 members to a committee she created to study a growing waiting list of Oklahomans seeking services for developmental disabilities.

Fallin appointed the Blue Ribbon Panel for Developmental Disabilities on Thursday. She created the committee by executive order and announced its formation last month at the Governor's Conference on Developmental Disabilities in Norman.

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3:34 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

What's Next for an Oklahoma Lake that Never Filled?

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Even if you build it, water won't necessarily come. For people living in northwest Oklahoma a reservoir intended to bring water to the dry land is now a wildlife refuge.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built more lakes in Oklahoma than any other state. Some of those reservoirs struggle to fill, especially during drought, or end up holding more silt than water. But none have been a bigger failure than Lake Optima.
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10:47 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Rendering Reality: Pushing The Boundaries Of Art

Visitors to the "Photorealism Revisited" exhibition at the OKCMOA
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Some critics argue that photography shouldn’t be considered “art” because it is merely a mechanical record of an event. However, the way that a photograph is taken often leaves an authorial signature, a sign that something more than direct representation is going on. Photorealism, similarly, has often been dismissed as a mere copy of photographs, but this argument might be missing the same point.

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10:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Stepping "Into the Void"

"Into the Void" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
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This student-curated art exhibition Into the Void is going to blow your mind. 

That’s what it’s designed to do.

Optical art evolved out of the Abstract and Expressionist tradition, and de-emphasized subject matter, focusing instead on what artists could achieve purely through color and form. For the counter-culture of the 60s, Op-art became a symbol of rejection of authoritative or artistic control.

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4:03 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Timeline: Gay Marriage In Law, Pop Culture And The Courts

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Mike McConnell (left) and Jack Baker --€” the couple in the Baker v. Nelson case — attempt to get a marriage license in Minneapolis in May 1970. The AP reported in December 2012 that the two are still together.
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Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 12:35 pm

  • Actor Wilson Cruz
  • Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
  • Mike Bowers, prosecutor in 'Bowers v. Hardwick'
  • Missouri state Rep. Kevin Engler

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All Tech Considered
1:58 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Samsung's On A Roll, But Can It Beat Apple?

The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has been the subject of buzz in the tech media.
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Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 8:32 am

Samsung has been on a roll. The hype surrounding its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S4, created a buzz in the tech media — and chatter that Samsung was poised to eat Apple's lunch. But Samsung's long-term position in the smartphone market is more complicated.

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Politics and Government
6:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Fallin Announces New Board Appointments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an aerospace industry official and a criminal defense attorney to the state board that oversees Oklahoma's prison system.

Fallin announced her appointments to several boards and commissions on Wednesday, including two spots on the seven-member Board of Corrections.

Fallin named T. Hastings Siegfried of Tulsa and Gene Haynes of Claremore to serve six-year terms on the panel.

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Business and Economy
5:57 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Tulsa Officials Seek More Airport Service

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - City officials in Tulsa are joining with business officials and airport officials in an effort to bring more airline service and more non-stop flights to and from Tulsa International Airport.

The initiative was announced Tuesday by Mayor Dewey Bartlett with business leaders and officials from the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Bartlesville and Broken Arrow.

The group says one of the first steps is to survey area businesses about their current and projected travel needs.