National Steinbeck Center
5:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Retracing The Joads Journey

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A trio of artists will soon travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.

The artists — along with representatives from the California-based National Steinbeck Center — will travel along Route 66 gathering oral histories of people and asking what helps them get through hard times. The group will start in Oklahoma on Oct. 4 and make stops in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The trip will conclude in California 10 days later.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

World Views: September 27, 2013

Listen to the entire September 27, 2013 episode.

Over the last decade, the foreign-born population in Mexico has nearly doubled, and the country is turning into an immigrant destination. Suzette Grillot talks with University of Oklahoma Latin America scholar Alan McPherson about the new dynamics of migration in our southern neighbor.

Later, a conversation with environmental journalist Emma Marris. She writes about “assisted migration” - deliberately helping plants and animals colonize new habitats.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:47 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters

Red dots indicate schools without shelters. Green dots are schools with shelters.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The results of a statewide survey released Thursday show 62 percent of Oklahoma’s 1,804 public schools don’t have storm shelters, and only 15 percent have shelters built to withstand the 250 mph winds of an EF5 tornado, like the ones that swept through central Oklahoma in May 2013.

StateImpact has mapped the data from the survey, the first statewide accounting of public school storm shelters, which was conducted by Bar None Consulting for the Oklahoma Legislature’s use in an interim study.

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OneSix8
12:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: Dance Your Night Away

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After a long week it's time to let loose. Whether it's Grooving at the GrooveFest or watching Ballerinas perform, this week's OneSix8 has three events that give everyone a chance to bust a move.

Andrews Park in Norman hosts the 51st rendition of GrooveFest this weekend. Music will be playing from Noon until 10 that evening and attendees are welcome to dance along with the music, and enjoy all of the performances of the night.

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World Views
12:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

How Mexico Is Becoming An Economic Powerhouse And Immigrant Destination

Mexico City, Mexico.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Alan McPherson, the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Chair of Latin American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Over the last decade, the foreign-born population in Mexico has nearly doubled, and the country is turning into an immigrant destination – especially for American citizens.

The New York Times reported Sunday that International Monetary Fund data shows Mexico’s economy outpaced the United States, Canada and Brazil in 2011 and 2012.

University of Oklahoma International and Area Studies Professor Alan McPherson is an expert on U.S.-Latin America relations. He says Mexico’s economy is more diverse than it’s ever been, but there’s a downside to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other aspects of globalization.

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School Shelters
8:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Study: In-School Storm Shelters Deficient In Oklahoma

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A proponent of a ballot measure to place storm shelters in Oklahoma schools says a survey of all public schools in the state shows more than 60 percent without a refuge or safe area.

Rush Springs Democratic state Representative Joe Dorman announced the results of the survey on Thursday of all 517 school districts in Oklahoma's 77 counties. The survey was paid for by Coreslab Structures, a company that manufactures precast concrete products with two plants in Oklahoma.

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Pledged To Secrecy
6:22 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Comanche Code Talkers Honored By State And Nation

Pvt Floyd Saupitty (Comanche) pictured between two soldiers en route to Okinawa
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Personal photographs, military uniforms and a Nazi flag captured during World War II are some of the items on display at a new exhibit honoring Comanche Code Talkers.

The exhibit that opened Thursday in the southwestern Oklahoma community of Lawton honors 17 Comanche men who used their language as a secret code during the war.

The exhibit's opening coincides with the upcoming expected presentation of Congressional Gold Medals.

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Law Enforcement Will Need A Warrant
4:41 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Bill Restricting Use Of Drones To Be Revived Next House Session

Example of unmanned drone
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As the use of unmanned aerial vehicles continues to grow, a state legislator says it is imperative that laws are put in place to protect the privacy rights of citizens from unwarranted surveillance by the government.

Moore Republican Rep. Paul Wesselhoft held a study on the use of drones Thursday before the House Energy and Aerospace Committee.

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Affordable Care Act
1:20 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

VIDEO: Oklahoma Senator Coburn Dislikes GOP Strategy To Defund Obamacare

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) shakes President Obama's hand in this undated photo.
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The U.S. Senate resumed consideration Thursday of the House continuing resolution to fund the government for the next fiscal year that begins Tuesday.

But Oklahoma's junior U.S.  Senator says he won't vote for any continuing resolution. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says CRs don't allow managers at federal agencies any opportunity for long-term planning.

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Affordable Care Act
12:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Are You Eligible For Subsidized Health Insurance? Use This Calculator To Find Out

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Oklahomans will be able to shop for and purchase insurance on the new health insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act beginning Oct. 1. Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014, or face a tax penalty.

Many people are uncertain how much it will cost to purchase insurance through the exchange, or if they will be eligible for subsidized coverage or Medicaid.

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