Shots - Health News
1:28 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Talk Globally, Go Locally: Cellphones Versus Clean Toilets

A young boy plays on a commode during an event for World Toilet Day in New Delhi in November. An estimated 131 million Indian homes don't have a latrine or a clean toilet.
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Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 8:56 am

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous across Africa and Asia, but lowly toilets haven't.

Right now, 6 billion people around the world have cellphones. But only 4.5 billion people have access to a clean commode, the United Nations said Thursday.

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World Views
11:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World'

Egyptian-American Stand-Up Comedian Ahmed Ahmed
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Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ahmed Ahmed on the March 22, 2013 episode of "World Views."

Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian Ahmed Ahmed as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world.”

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Weather and Climate
11:21 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Men Most Likely to Die in Floods

Men made up more than 70 percent of flood fatalities in 2012.
Credit National Weather Service

Of all the information to come out of national flood safety awareness week, the one piece of data that jumped out to KGOU is that men make up nearly two-thirds of flood victims.

TIME magazine reported on this phenomenon in 2008, noting that men are more likely to die in several different types of extreme weather conditions.

Some of the reasons experts say the male of the species is at risk include the number of men working outdoor jobs and the tendency toward greater risk taking behavior.

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8:24 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Could a Hamm Divorce Hurt Continental?

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Another Oklahoma oil company is in the headlines because of its CEO. This time it's Continental's Chairman and CEO Harold Hamm, who confirmed he and his second wife are in divorce proceedings.
By Brian Grow and Joshua Schneyer ATLANTA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Continental Resources chief executive Harold Hamm, one of America's wealthiest and most influential businessmen, is embroiled in a contentious divorce that could lead to a record financial settlement and threaten his control of America's fastest-growing oil company.
'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.
Assignment: Radio
10:47 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Rendering Reality: Pushing The Boundaries Of Art

Visitors to the "Photorealism Revisited" exhibition at the OKCMOA
Credit Ana Nospal

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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Assignment: Radio
10:40 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Stepping "Into the Void"

"Into the Void" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Credit Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

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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