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.

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.

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.'”

Greg Burns: The Artist Undeterred

Born with a severe joint disorder, Greg Burns forged a successful career and life as an artist by learning to paint holding a brush in his mouth. He says he is lucky and knows that communities still do not fully embrace the disabled.

Rita Aragon: Accepting Veterans

Major General (retired) Rita Aragon, the governor’s liaison for veterans affairs, talks about her career as a woman with commanding rank in a male-dominated world and about the talents, values and needs of veterans.

Keith Gaddie: Dissecting Oklahoma Politics

Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in the nation. What gives rise to that conservative culture? Where is the state headed politically in coming decades? University of Oklahoma Professor Keith Gaddie offers insights.