What Now Needs to Be Done to Maintain the Levees in Tulsa County?
As widespread clean-up and repairs begin to take shape in Northeastern Oklahoma, after the recent flood event -- the second "500-year flood" to occur in our community in 32 years, by the way -- many of us are wondering what needs to be done, in both the short and long term, to fix the levee system. Our guests are Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith and District 12 Levee Commissioner Todd Kilpatrick, both of whom worked closely during the recent crisis with the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Guard, and an array of federal, state, and local officials. Also on our show, commentator Connie Cronley is thinking about the new staging of "Oklahoma!" on Broadway, and about critic Frank Rich's review of that play in New York Magazine. And more specifically, she's thinking about the less-familiar and quite shameful history which both informs and lurks behind this landmark musical.