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1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission Told To Stop Using Survivor's Name, Likeness

An attorney suing the City of Tulsa for reparations has told the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to stop using the name of 106-year-old survivor Lessie Benningfield "Mother" Randle. Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons sent the commission a cease-and-desist letter this week over a reference Project Director Phil Armstrong made to the 106-year-old Randle in a panel discussion late last month . Talking about the Greenwood Rising history center the commission is building in downtown...

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Applications Open June 1 For Coverage Under Oklahoma's Medicaid Expansion

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will start taking applications for coverage under Medicaid expansion a month before it takes effect. The application process will open June 1 at , giving newly eligible Oklahomans time to be approved for SoonerCare before coverage begins July 1. Adults 19 to 64 years old with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level will be eligible. That's $17,796 a year for one person or $36,588 for a family of four. An estimated 200,000 additional...

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Coronavirus FAQ: You're Vaccinated. Cool! Now About Those 'Breakthrough' Infections...

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." I've been hearing about breakthrough infections in people who have been vaccinated. Should I be worried? What can I do to protect myself? The short answer: You don't need to worry — only 5,800 out of 66 million fully vaccinated Americans have...

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On the Next Go-Round of All This Jazz: Music for Earth Day

Catch the next broadcast of All This Jazz...airing Saturday the 17th on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS HD-1...from 9pm till midnight! (Also live-streaming, btw, at .) We'll present a mighty tasty array of modern jazz, both recent and classic, both newly released and historically treasured. And in the theme-driven, 11pm-to-12am hour of our show -- as we listen back to a very fine ATJ outing from 2017 -- the special theme will be Jazz for Earth Day . Thus we’ll hear Earth-centric...

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Next week, on Thursday the 22nd at 7pm, the Tulsa Council for Holocaust Education and the Tulsa City-County Library will co-present the 23rd Annual Yom HaShoah Interfaith Commemoration.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Dr. Fern L. Johnson, a Senior Research Scholar and Professor Emerita at Clark University who focuses on race and culture. She and her partner, Marlene G. Fine, are the white parents of African American sons, and they're also the co-authors of a new book, "Let's Talk Race: A Guide for White People." The book aims to provide personal insights as well as practical guidance -- along with ample research findings, prompts for personal reflection, a variety of race-oriented conversation-starters, and a useful list of "dos" and "don'ts."

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We're glad to welcome back to our program the Tulsa-based guitarist, composer, and music producer Chris Combs, who's known for his work with COMBSY, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, and other jazz/experimental/multi-genre outfits. Combs tells us about (and shares tracks from) his forthcoming album, "Roche Blave: Large Ensemble Works Recorded Live in Switzerland," which will be released by the nonprofit Horton Records on April 30th.

(Note: This show first aired early last year.) On this edition of StudioTulsa, we meet investigative journalist John Carreyrou, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with The Wall Street Journal. He broke the story of the fraud perpetrated by the medical tech company known as Theranos and its charismatic young CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. That story is the basis of his book, "Bad Blood," which he tells us about.

Our guest is Herman Pontzer, an Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and Associate Research Professor of Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute. An well-known researcher in human energetics and evolution, he joins us to discuss his new book, "Burn: New Research Blows the Lid Off How We Really Burn Calories, Lose Weight, and Stay Healthy." The book draws on Pontzer's groundbreaking studies with hunter-gatherer tribes in order to show how exercise actually **doesn't** increase our metabolism.

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Classical Tulsa Podcast: Catching Up with Barron Ryan

On this Classical Tulsa Podcast, host Jason Heilman speaks via Zoom with pianist Barron Ryan . No stranger to Tulsa audiences, Barron has been performing extensively as both a solo artist and as one half of the Ryan & Ryan piano duo , together with his father, Donald Ryan. On his brand-new solo album, " First of its Kind ," Barron makes his debut as a composer, performing two of his own original compositions. In this interview, Barron discusses his new works, his wide-ranging inspiration,...

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Post Vaccine Happy Dance: Not Just Showing Off

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He got his two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. And each time, he danced on a frozen lake to celebrate.

As we approach President Biden's 100th day in office at the end of this month, some observers are flattering him with comparisons to two legendary Democratic presidents of the 20th century — Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Those names reportedly came up when historian Jon Meacham convened a group of his colleagues at the White House in early March for a private session with Biden. And since then, the aptness of comparing this new president to such transformative figures of the past has become a matter of some debate in Washington and beyond.

Fetal tissue is uniquely valuable to medical researchers - useful for developing treatments and better understanding diseases like HIV, Parkinson's, and COVID-19.

But many anti-abortion rights groups oppose it on moral or religious grounds.

Now, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says he's reversing several restrictions on fetal tissue research put in place during the Trump administration.

All federal prison inmates will have the opportunity to receive a vaccine by mid-May, according to the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Michael Carvajal.

Vaccines have already been made available to all federal prison staff, he said, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing Thursday.

More than 40,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons have received both doses of the vaccine, the bureau says, which is about a third of the people in BOP custody. Nearly 18,000 federal prison staff have been fully vaccinated.

Liberty University is suing former president Jerry Falwell Jr. for millions of dollars, accusing him of withholding damaging personal information from school officials while negotiating a lucrative employment agreement for himself, among other allegations.

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