The People's Business For our final episode of the legislative session, Senators Jim Wilson, (D) Tahlequah and Harry Coates, (R) Seminole, field your questions with host Bob Sands about anything and everything legislative that's happened at the Capitol.
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Oklahoma World War II Stories
Back in Time #301
“Cold War Target”
Far from the coast and deep within the country Oklahomans have believed they had more to fear from a storm than an invading army, but for the 45 years of the cold war, from 1947 to 1991, Oklahoma was high on the Soviet hit list, though few Oklahomans knew it at the time and fewer knew what the consequences would be if it came to blows.
OETA’s award winning documentary series Back in Time examines a dangerous period in our state’s history when bomber crews scrambled from the flight-line and every Oklahoman lived just twenty minutes away from annihilation.
Originally broadcast on December 20, 2013
In a recent survey, 36 percent of Americans said they believe in ghosts. So it's no surprise people use vacation time to seek out the dead. Every day in Oklahoma, ghost tours provide tourists the opportunity to brush shoulders with spirits, or at the least, hear a few ghostly tales.
Some tourists stop in for these tours on a whim, and other enthusiasts design entire trips around visiting a string of haunted places. Once a month at Ft. Reno, local paranormal investigators take visitors on a night time tour across the old post in hopes of seeing a spirit. Tulsa’s Cains ballroom is embracing its connection to the ghost of Bob Wills, and Kendall’s in Noble is spicing up the menu with tales of “The Dark Lady” who roams the restaurant at night.
Join OETA’s documentary series Stateline as we search the state’s most haunted attractions and go “Fright-seeing in Oklahoma.”
Originally broadcast on October 24, 2013
Sleepless in Oklahoma
No one thinks they snore, but millions do. Snoring has always been treated as a joke. Today, doctors know snoring is a symptom of something very serious, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea happens when muscles in the throat relax, limiting airflow and preventing deep, restful sleep. It’s a condition that puts patients at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Every day in Oklahoma sleep clinics are treating a growing number of people who say no matter how much they sleep, they never feel rested. Most of the patients are children.
OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline examines the treatments Oklahoma doctors are using to beat apnea without drugs, and giving rest to those who are Sleepless in Oklahoma.
Originally broadcast on September 26, 2013
Oklahoma City is a big crossroads. Millions of vehicles pass through the intersection of I-35 and I-40 … and both interstate roads are major corridors heavily used by Mexican and Columbian drug cartels
Every day, cocaine, marijuana, heroin … and an unbelievable amount of cash … funnel through Oklahoma, destined for the east coast and to communities here in the state. The convergence of these international drug pipelines also attracts lawmen from all over the country to Oklahoma, where they train to combat drug trafficking using something called “interdiction,” a technique that helps them spot suspicious drivers during roadside traffic stops.
OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline looks at the never-ending effort to stop the flow of drugs through the state and the men and women who have the dangerous job of dispensing Crossroads Justice.
Originally broadcast on May 9, 2013
The deadly storms that ripped through Oklahoma in May and killed nearly 50 people and injured dozens more were among the worst in recorded history, and were predicted a week in advance.
Our state’s unstable atmosphere makes it an ideal location to study erratic weather. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work in Norman at the National Weather Center; it is a unique environment where students can learn directly from the best forecasters in the world.
Scientists and engineers in Norman are developing and testing a new type of radar that promises to dramatically increase the warning time for people in the path of the storm.
Originally broadcast on July 17, 2013
Back in Time #201
The 1920’s and 30’s were a time of bathtub gin and jazz, but in Oklahoma, it was also a time of bootleggers, outlaws, and gangsters.
Originally broadcast on April 5, 2013
What a difference a decade makes. Who would have dreamed ten years ago that Oklahoma City would be transformed from an AAA town into a Big League City?
A state once divided into red and orange now radiates Thunder blue. The team's rise in the NBA standings and an appearance in the finals is the most visible facet of Oklahoma City’s arrival on the world stage.
OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline takes a look at the impact the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball franchise has had on business, state pride and our state image. It’s all sparked by the Thunder fans’ passionate support, and fueled by the team’s commitment to their new home. With an obvious boost to the state economy and the satisfaction of being perceived as a growing, unified community on the way up, Oklahoma is enjoying this Thunder Boom.
Originally broadcast on February 14, 2013
When the Oklahoma State Capitol was built in 1917, it was a modern showplace complete with indoor plumbing and electric lights. After 96 years of constant use the symbol of state pride is showing its age.
The electrical system is a tangled mess of new and old wires with no indication of which lines are active. Modern computers are powered by antique bare copper wires installed during World War I. The old plumbing keeps the capitol staff chasing leaks and mopping floors. The cracked and broken pipe system carries ten times the amount of water for which it was designed, and just two cast iron lines carry wastewater out of the building. These are just some of the issues that are causing a major headache for those who try to maintain the structural integrity of the capitol building.
OETA’s award winning documentary series Stateline takes a look behind the marble walls to examine the problems and the cost to repair our Crumbling Capitol.
Originally broadcast on January 10, 2013
Back in Time #103
“State of Sequoyah” For centuries Native Americans had been forced from their lands in the east and were told that eventually they would have a place out west where they could live in peace and call their own. After years of broken promises the tribes in Indian Territory decided the best way to preserve their way of life was to become a state. The Indians wanted a state they could govern themselves and they called it “Sequoyah.” Some of the men fighting to make Indian Territory a separate state would become the most famous names in Oklahoma history. But powerful politicians, boomers and railroad interests joined forces to make sure the twin territories would become one state.
Originally broadcast on December 6, 2012
As one of the most insidious hazards of nature drought can bring hardship in many ways. In Oklahoma water equates life to farmers and ranchers. Trying to raise crops and livestock during a drought can be next to impossible. However in Oklahoma we depend on our water for more than just sustaining life. Our lakes and rivers supply power to hydroelectric dams across the state. Water is essential to the 16 paper mills and the barge traffic that moves supplies for the oil and gas industry. The lakes and rivers that supply these important businesses are also connected to fisheries and parks that help drive Oklahoma’s tourism industry. This November Stateline will take a look at the drought that many are saying is one of the worst since the dust bowl.
Originally broadcast on November 16, 2012