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Public Radio Tulsa provides up-to-the-minute coverage of local election news from veteran Tulsa reporters John Durkee and Marshall Stewart. Listen to their stories during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.Here's the latest National Elections Coverage from NPR.

Carefully Searching for (and Polling for) Government by "We the People" -- A Chat with Steven Kull

Aired on Friday, August 22nd.

News flash: Government is broken in Washington. Problems aren't being solved. New solutions aren't being put forward. "Compromise" (as has been so commonly observed) has become a dirty word. Or at least, such is the opinion of many of us. Indeed, poll after poll has found that a large majority of Americans believe government isn't working, and that it's -- on the contrary -- dominated by special interested and partisan gridlock. But...come to think of it...could your average American citizen do any better? Our guest on this edition of ST certainly thinks so: the highly experienced policy analyst and political psychologist Steven Kull is also the founder and president of the Washington-based Voice of the People. This organization has recently announced a "Citizen Cabinet" initiative, which is a poll-driven process that aims to (in the words of the Lawton Constitution newspaper, based in the southwestern part of our state) "bring everyday citizens back into the legislative process by providing a direct pipeline between constituents and the legislators who represent them.... The idea is to produce a base of residents who reflect the demographics of their districts and states, then pose questions to them on topics of current interest and let those residents work through a process to reach consensus, with the results to be provided to members of Congress as they are making decisions." As Kull tells us today, Oklahoma's decidedly "red" Fourth Congressional District was selected to be a part of this initiative, which you can learn more about at vop.org.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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