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THD Starts Administering COVID Vaccine Booster Shots Following Federal Guidance

Following guidance on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots issued on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Tulsa Health Department announced it would begin administering them immediately. The CDC and Food and Drug Administration's recommendation said those 65 and older and people 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should get a third shot of the Pfizer COVID vaccine six months after their second dose. The CDC went a step further and said younger adults may receive a...

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Tulsa City Election District Commission Approves Six Maps For Public Review

Tulsans will have the chance to weigh in on six city council redistricting proposals. The city election district commission looked at five maps Friday, which reassigned between 12 and 30 voting precincts to new council districts, moving from as little as 6% of the city’s population, or 25,693 people, to as much as 15%, or 61,483 people. Commission member John Eagleton pushed for a sixth option not initially presented at a Friday meeting to go to the public as well. It reassigns 11 precincts...

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Coronavirus FAQ: Is There An App That'll Prove I'm Vaccinated, Or Is Paper The Best?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here . I'm hearing of more and more activities that will require proof of vaccination: eating out, going to a concert, flying internationally — and likely at some point domestically in the U.S. Do I really need to carry...

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On this edition of ST, we welcome back to the show Prof. David Shambaugh of George Washington University. He recently gave an address at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations (or TCFR) titled "Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia." An internationally recognized authority and award-winning author on contemporary China and the global relations of Asia, Shambaugh has visited or lived in China every year since 1979 and has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

"The Outsiders" -- both the well-known coming-of-age novel by S.E. Hinton and the likewise-titled 1983 film by Francis Ford Coppola -- certainly looms large in the cultural history of this community. On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we meet the California-based, Oklahoma-born grade school librarian who, back in 1980, encouraged her students to create a petition asking Coppola to make the film. Yes, this is really how "The Outsiders" got on the path from beloved young-adult book to cult-classic movie. That librarian is Jo Ellen Misakian.

Police officers in the U.S. are nine times more likely to kill African-American men than they are any other group of citizens. A tragic statistic, to be sure, but also -- given so many recent events -- a statistic that many won't find very surprising. How police forces across the nation relate to matters of racism, civil rights, and race relations are now coming under close scrutiny. But what about the role of the courts in this issue?

Our guest is Joseph Arndt, who's been the music director at Saint John's Episcopal Church here in Tulsa since 2015. Arndt received his M.M. from The Juilliard School and his B.M. from Westminster Choir College in organ performance. Shortly after arriving in Tulsa, he founded the popular Music at Midday series at Saint John's, which he tells us about. The 7th season of Music at Midday gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday the 22nd, at noon) with a performance by Barron Ryan, the Tulsa-based classical/jazz/crossover pianist.

Our guest is the noted medical expert, Dr. Leana Wen, a visiting professor at George Washington University's School of Public Health and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She's also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and a CNN medical analyst, and she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

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On the Next All This Jazz: Coltrane's Compositions

Listen for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, airing Saturday the 25th on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS HD-1 from 9pm till midnight. We'll present all manner of modern jazz , both recent and classic, both newly released and historically treasured. And in the 3rd and thematic hour of the program, running from 11pm to 12am, our theme will be Coltrane's Trane would've turned 95 on Sept. 23rd. (He died in 1967.) We'll hear jazz greats of yesteryear as well as today doing tunes like ...

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is now tracking people who catch COVID a second time. 


OSDH considers a case a reinfection if it comes at least 90 days after the first one. 


The latest state epidemiology report shows the coronavirus has reinfected almost 4,700 vaccinated and unvaccinated Oklahomans so far this month, and reinfections have risen more than 300% since May. 


Dr. Jennifer Clark who is part of OSU’s Project ECHO says the Delta variant is responsible for the big rise in repeat cases.


'What Do You Need A Song For?': Esperanza Spalding's Search For The Answer

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There is one question at the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album - what do you need a song for?



There is one question at the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album - what do you need a song for?


ESPERANZA SPALDING: It's such a simple question, and I feel like we have the capacity to answer it (laughter).

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The mayor of Del Rio, Texas, Bruno Lozano, expressed relief that thousands of migrants who were in his border city are no longer there.


Zebras On The Lam Are Dazzling Suburban Maryland

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There is one question at the heart of Esperanza Spalding's new album - what do you need a song for?


ESPERANZA SPALDING: It's such a simple question, and I feel like we have the capacity to answer it (laughter).

The days of toilet paper shortages may not be over just yet: Costco has announced new limits on purchases of certain household items as supply chain issues bedevil the company and the delta variant spreads.

The company is putting "limitations on key items" such as toilet paper, bottled water and cleaning supplies so it can meet any uptick in demand due to the COVID-19 surge, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said during the company's latest earnings call on Thursday.

Hurricane Sam is poised to become a major hurricane Saturday — just one day after it reached hurricane status. The storm will rapidly intensify as it passes over warm 84-degree water far out in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. Wind conditions in the area are also favorable for storm growth.

No coastal watches or warnings are currently in effect for Sam, which is more than 1,300 miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands that rim the Caribbean Sea.

Two hosts of the popular ABC daytime talk show The View tested positive for the coronavirus moments before Vice President Harris was set to appear onstage in what the network had touted as her first in-studio talk show interview since taking office.

R. Kelly's Federal Trial Is In The Hands Of The Jury

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Editor's note: This report includes allegations of sexual and physical abuse.

It has been six weeks of hearing from accusers, former employees and expert witnesses. Now the jury decides what's next for R. Kelly.

Ray Charles Reflects On His Country Music Roots

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