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.

Albert Ashwood: When the Unthinkable Happens

Albert Ashwood is closing in on his 20th year as director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He talks about what it takes to do the job and his view on what Oklahoma needs most to prepare for disasters.

Bob Blackburn: Oklahoma’s Rural-Urban Divide

Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, talks about the state’s rural-urban fault lines and whether Oklahoma is at a turning point in dealing with rural areas’ increasing problems.