Kari Watkins: A City’s Grief Preserved

Decades from now, what will the memorial commemorating the Oklahoma City bombing mean to the city and wider public? Kari Watkins, executive director of the memorial and museum, talks about why she believes the tragedy will remain relevant for generations.

After Governor Played Her Hand, How Will Legislature Respond?

If Monday was any indication, the next four months will be a challenging, and perhaps contentious, time at the State Capitol. In this recording, Oklahoma Watch’s Trevor Brown and Brad Gibson discuss Fallin’s proposals and what kind of reception they’re likely to get during the session.

A Deeper Look at Fallin’s State of the State Address

Oklahoma Watch writers annotate key parts of Gov. Mary Fallin’s “State of the State” address Monday, offering context and analysis. Fallin called for eliminating the sales tax on food and the corporate income tax, while endorsing a teacher pay raise and hiking the tobacco and gasoline taxes.

Imam Imad Enchassi: Muslims in the Bible Belt

Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in Palestinian refugee camps in war-torn Lebanon and ended up in the heart of the Bible Belt. He talks about Muslims in Oklahoma, his boyhood memories of a nun, and the good will that arose out of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Lack of Money Stalls Collection of Arrestees’ DNA

A state law is now in effect requiring DNA to be collected from all people arrested for felonies. But state officials say they lack the funding to implement the program.

‘Watch-Out’ Forum to Focus on School Choice

Oklahoma Watch will host a public forum on school choice on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The guests will be Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), and Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA).

Rick Bayless: Our Relationship with Food

For renowned chef and entrepreneur Rick Bayless, who grew up in Oklahoma City, the obesity epidemic in Oklahoma and elsewhere reflects a misguided relationship with food. And “I am a huge believer in ‘all food is good food.'”