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From the Newsroom: The Oklahoman Podcast
17 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Omicron variant exhausts Oklahoma hospitals and schools
This week, four Oklahoma hospital systems made a plea for compassion as emergency rooms overflow across the state. Additionally, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced an executive order to address staffing shortages in schools caused by the raging Omicron variant. Health reporter Dana Branham joins hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt to discuss.
13 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Could recreational marijuana make its way to an Oklahoma ballot?
Two petitions supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana could make their way to an Oklahoma ballot. Reporter Carmen Forman joins hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt to discuss.
17 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Oklahoma COVID-19 update: Omicron, sequencing and more
As COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in Oklahoma, the Omicron variant spreads across the nation. While the state has not detected the variant within its borders, Oklahoma ranks last in COVID-19 sequencing. Health reporter Dana Branham joins hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt to discuss.
16 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Oklahoma County leaders consider plans for a new jail
The Oklahoma County jail has been at the center of controversy in recent years. This week, Oklahoma County commissioners voted unanimously for a new $300 million jail. Host Nuria Martinez-Keel and reporter JaNae Williams discuss the proposed facility and non-binding vote.
14 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Tribes work to retrieve gravesite remains from University of Alabama
Native American graves –– and items buried alongside them –– were dug up by archeologists in Oklahoma tribes' ancestral homelands. The University of Alabama's Jones Archeological Museum showcases dozens of objects and human remains from these graves. Now, tribes are working to repatriate these remains.
18 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Julius Jones' sentence is commuted hours before execution
Inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Nov. 18, Julius Jones was to be executed at 4 p.m. With less than four hours before he was to be put to death, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he was commuting Jones' sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Host Nuria Martinez-Keel and reporter Josh Dulaney discuss.
18 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Six Oklahoma City teachers fired for not wearing masks
Oklahoma City Public Schools terminated the employment of six teachers who refused to wear masks after the district announced a requirement for teachers. Hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt discuss.
19 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Two weeks from execution, Julius Jones awaits clemency
Death row inmate Julius Jones was recommended for clemency by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board Monday, and his fate now lies with Gov. Kevin Stitt. Last week, Oklahoma executed John Grant and even more questions have lingered about the state's lethal injection process.
20 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Oklahoma issues first nonbinary birth certificate, Dr. Lance Frye resigns
Kit Lorelied, an Oregon resident born in Oklahoma, was issued a gender neutral birth certificate after reaching a settlement with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. More news came from the department the following day as Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma's health commissioner, resigned. The Oklahoman's Carmen Forman joins hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt.
15 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Thunder fans return after strict COVID-19 season
Last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder played in an empty arena while other NBA teams welcomed at least some fans. Thunder writer Joe Mussatto, who was at the infamous March 11, 2020, game against the Utah Jazz, talks about what has changed since then.
27 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Joy Hofmeister joins governor's race as a Democrat
State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, a life-long Republican, announced she will challenge Gov. Kevin Stitt as a Democrat in the 2022 gubernatorial race. The Oklahoman's Nuria Martinez-Keel, Dale Denwalt and Carmen Forman discuss.
18 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Epic Charter Schools co-founders potentially owe millions to school
The co-founders' company, Epic Youth Services, failed to meet a Thursday deadline to turn over money and bank records owed to Epic Charter Schools. The Oklahoman's Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt discuss.
21 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
COVID-19 cases decline but ICU beds remain scarce
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are starting to return from a late-summer peak, but intensive care unit beds are still in short supply. The Oklahoman's reporters discuss the latest pandemic news.
31 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Lack of oversight stirs trouble in medical marijuana industry
Despite exploding with success, Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry has suffered from potential fraud, contaminated products and more due to a lack of oversight. The Oklahoman's reporters discuss.
18 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Real estate during a pandemic: The sector's winners and losers
COVID-19 impacted all industries across Oklahoma and the world. The real estate sector felt its effects, as the industry was both helped and hurt by its pandemic. The Oklahoman's reporters discuss.
25 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Fear, deportation and more: Why domestic abuse goes unreported for many immigrant victims
In a collaborative report by the Oklahoman and Telemundo, Hispanic domestic abuse survivors spoke out about their experiences in hopes of helping other victims. Reporter Josh Dulaney joins hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt in retelling these stories.
19 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Policing OKC: Changes and challenges facing the department
Following George Floyd's death, a demand for change in policing swept the nation. Recently, the Oklahoma City Police Department has faced a staffing shortage and received a preliminary report with recommended changes to the department. The Oklahoman's reporters discuss.
1 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
911: Oklahoma County jail captain calls for backup
Captain Tiffany Carter calls Oklahoma City Police for help after a jailer was taken hostage by inmates on March 27.
2 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Judge says state was right to take over troubled Western Heights school district
State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister talked about the ruling by the Oklahoma County district judge and what it means for the district moving foward.
40 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
What an SEC move would mean for OU, Texas and the Big 12
As Oklahoma and Texas move forward with plans to exit the Big 12 Conference and join the SEC, sports reporters Ryan Aber and Jenni Carlson join hosts Nuria Martinez-Keel and Dale Denwalt to break down what the future could look like for all involved.
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