Oklahoma Voices

Mondays 11 a.m. - 12 Noon

Oklahoma newsmakers talking about the issues that affect the Sooner state and beyond.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:59 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Supporting The Safety Net: Examining Poverty In Oklahoma

Credit Oklahoma Policy Institute

Census Bureau data released in September show that one in six Oklahomans were a part of a family falling below the poverty line - $19,090 for a three-person household. The figures analyzed by the Oklahoma Policy Institute show 23.8 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, an increase of 1.7 percent over the last five years.

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Oklahoma Politics
11:10 am
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Takeover In Oklahoma Explained

Credit Oklahoma Policy Institute

It wasn’t long ago that to be involved in a meaningful way in Oklahoma politics, office seekers had to have a “D” after their names. But in just a few years, that has turned around so that an “R” is now necessary to have a significant influence in state politics.

That change was not as sudden as it seems, according to political consultant Pat McFerron,“To me the question isn’t, ‘Why we’re so Republican now? It’s why were we so Democrat before?’”

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School and Colleges
11:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chamber Hears State Of Education In Oklahoma

Glen D. Johnson
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

School has started across the state, both in K–12 classrooms, career-techs, and colleges and universities. On this episode, we hear from the leader of Oklahoma’s Higher Education system and the president of the school board for the state’s largest public school district.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Former Legislative Leaders Talk Oklahoma Politics

Kris Steele and Andrew Rice

The Oklahoma political landscape has undergone a major shift to the Republican side of the scale in the last 15 years.

With super GOP majorities in the state House and Senate, and with every statewide elective office in Republican hands, the Democrats have become a definite minority party.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Engaging In Placemaking

Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

It can be easy to look at a building like the Devon Tower and understand the dynamics that helped make it possible.

Of course, there is the boom in oil and gas drilling brought on my new technology. And then there are the MAPS projects that invested in Oklahoma City, especially downtown.

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Community
11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Fixing A City's Economy Two Feet At A Time

An artist's conception of a traffic roundabout in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Credit Institute for Quality Communities / University of Oklahoma

Nearly 70 years after the post-World War II suburban explosion, some developers and civic innovators argue that urban centers can increase their livability by going beyond the lower limits of what’s functional.

Dan Burden is the co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute in Port Townsend, Washington. He’s studied and documented the conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in more than 2,000 town centers.

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Community
10:37 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pedaling Toward Healthier Communities

Credit 5chw4r7z / Flickr Creative Commons

Cities across the nation are trying to improve the health of their populations, many developers are embracing cycling infrastructure as a way encourage civic engagement, environmental goals, and economic prosperity.

John Cock is an urban planner based in Davidson, North Carolina with Alta Planning and Design.

During a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities, Cock described three types cyclists – those who are already out there, the 7-9 percent who would ride on urban streets if they had a bike lane, and another 60 percent who don’t even want a bike lane if they have to share the roadways with traffic or parked cars.

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Community
8:12 am
Mon July 22, 2013

If You Build It, Better Health Will Come

A slide from Richard Jackson's presentation during the Placemaking Conference at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

Many scientists, doctors, and public health researchers say there’s a link between a community’s health and the built environment.

Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

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Community
10:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Making Places People Like

A slide from a presentation during the Placemaking Conference at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

Creating a sense of place is attracting more attention from community developers as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.

Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

Speaking at the conference, Donovan Rypkema debunked several myths about preserving old buildings. He says studies show the older structures are not necessarily less energy efficient than newer construction.

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OKC Boulevard
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

OKC Boulevard Still Work In Progress

This artist rendering shows development along the proposed Oklahoma City Boulevard as part of the I-40 re-alignment.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation continues to seek public input on the future development of the Oklahoma City Boulevard. The new street is part of the re-alignment of Interstate 40 near downtown.

Many residents expressed concern over early versions of the boulevard during a series of public meetings on the proposal, which included a longer elevated portion of the roadway.

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