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The Metro Library podcast celebrates Oklahoma arts, Oklahoma culture, Oklahoma history and the lives of influential Oklahomans today. Upcoming podcasts include a special on the BC Clark Anniversary Sale Jingle, a multi-episode segment on Oklahoma prohibition and alcohol laws, and a multi-episode segment on running for political office in Oklahoma. Future podcasts will include interviews with Oklahoma Poet Laurette Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, bestselling author Kim Ventrella, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other influential Oklahomans. The library's podcast is hosted by the special collections and research department.

The Metro Library podcast celebrates Oklahoma arts, Oklahoma culture, Oklahoma history and the lives of influential Oklahomans today. Upcoming podcasts include a special on the BC Clark Anniversary Sale Jingle, a multi-episode segment on Oklahoma prohibition and alcohol laws, and a multi-episode segment on running for political office in Oklahoma. Future podcasts will include interviews with Oklahoma Poet Laurette Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, bestselling author Kim Ventrella, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other influential Oklahomans. The library's podcast is hosted by the special collections and research department.

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The Metro Library podcast celebrates Oklahoma arts, Oklahoma culture, Oklahoma history and the lives of influential Oklahomans today. Upcoming podcasts include a special on the BC Clark Anniversary Sale Jingle, a multi-episode segment on Oklahoma prohibition and alcohol laws, and a multi-episode segment on running for political office in Oklahoma. Future podcasts will include interviews with Oklahoma Poet Laurette Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, bestselling author Kim Ventrella, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other influential Oklahomans. The library's podcast is hosted by the special collections and research department.

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English


Episodes

Oklahoma City National Memorial: An interview with Richard Williams

4/19/2020
For the third interview in our series about the history of the Oklahoma City National Memorial we talked with bombing survivor Richard Williams. Mr. Williams served many roles in the creation of the memorial over the years following the bombing. He spoke with us about what it was like working toward creating and eventually opening the memorial.

Duration:00:12:06

Oklahoma City National Memorial: An interview with Bob Johnson

4/15/2020
For the second in our series of interviews about the history of the Oklahoma City National Memorial we talked to attorney Bob Johnson. Mr. Johnson began working on the memorial only days after the bombing and helped lead the city with the creation of the memorial and museum.

Duration:00:25:55

Oklahoma City National Memorial: An interview with Ron Norick

4/10/2020
As this month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we thought it might be interesting to look at the history of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, so we spoke with three people involved in the creation of the memorial. The first in this series is an interview with Ron Norick, mayor of Oklahoma City at the time of the bombing.

Duration:00:16:41

Oklahoma "Love" Stories

2/14/2020
In this month's podcast we talk about the state wedding between Oklahoma and Indian Territories, and we explore the marriage of Governor E.W. Marland and his wife/daughter Lydie.

Duration:00:20:21

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

12/15/2019
This month's podcast tells the story of how the Oklahoma City Zoo used the Christmas song "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" to help get Matilda the hippo.

Duration:00:12:15

The Story Of The BC Clark Christmas Jingle (re-release)

11/29/2019
Did you know that central Oklahoma has its own Christmas music courtesy of a local jeweler? On this podcast we explore the central Oklahoma phenomenon that is the BC Clark Christmas Jingle.

Duration:00:20:51

Beyond the Boarding Schools: A story of Native Americans and education

11/15/2019
In this month's podcast we explore the past, present, and future of education among Native Americans in Oklahoma with the Cherokee Immersion school in Tahlequah, Sovereign Community School in Oklahoma City, and more.

Duration:00:25:33

Haunted Oklahoma: The Halloween Episode

10/15/2019
Marnie Vinge of the Eerie Okie podcast (https://eerieokie.com) joins us this month to talk about a few historical places around downtown OKC that may or may not be inhabited by a supernatural presence. We also hear from Elizabeth Macias from the haunted Paramount Room (http://www.theparamountroom.com) and author/OKC ghost expert Jeff Provine (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJeffProvine/)

Duration:00:30:40

State of the State Capitol

9/15/2019
Have you noticed all the construction around the Oklahoma state capitol lately and wondered what's going on? On this month's podcast we talk Oklahoma Capitol history and future with State Capitol Restoration Project manager Trait Thompson, and Director of the Sate Arts Council Amber Sharples

Duration:00:16:35

Oklahoma! The Story of our State Song

8/15/2019
Ever wonder how Oklahoma got a Broadway song as its state song? Our team of experts tell the story of Oklahoma's state songs from the prairies of Oklahoma to the stages of New York theater.

Duration:00:29:23

Machine Gun Kelly and the Urschel Kidnapping

7/15/2019
One July night in 1933 George "Machine Gun" Kelly came to Oklahoma City and kidnapped a wealthy oilman named Charles Urschel in a caper that would ultimately be Kelly's ticket to Alcatraz. Kent Frates, writer, historian, and the nephew of Charles Urschel sat down with us to tell the tale of one Depression era gangster, and the oilman that lead the FBI to his capture.

Duration:00:20:52

LGBT in OKC: A Brief History of the Oklahoma City LGBT+ Community

6/15/2019
Ward 2 city councilman James Cooper, the first openly LGBT member of Oklahoma City's city council, talks about the history and struggles of the LGBT+ community in OKC.

Duration:00:23:57

The Oddly Interesting History of the Oklahoma River

5/15/2019
Join us on a journey down the Oklahoma River from the frequently flooded pre-statehood zoo at Wheeler Park to the Olympic training facility there today.

Duration:00:33:53

Boom Town: An Interview With Author Sam Anderson

5/1/2019
New York Times writer Sam Anderson, came by the library recently to talk about his book Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Guest interviewer Claire Donnelly drove around OKC with Sam to talk OKC, it's neighborhoods, and their history, and librarian Sheldon Beach interviews Sam about his book.

Duration:00:32:17

Oklahoma Poetry

4/15/2019
In celebration of poetry month, we talked with Todd Fuller about the history of poetry in Oklahoma and interviewed Oklahoma Poet Laureate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish.

Duration:00:27:29

The History of Roller Derby in Oklahoma City

3/15/2019
In honor of Women's History Month, Reagan, a.k.a. Suzy Heartbreaker, takes us on a journey through the history of the roller derby in Oklahoma City from the founding to the breakups, and make ups that have made the sport what it is today.

Duration:00:43:25

An Interview with George Henderson

2/15/2019
George Henderson is a professor at the University of Oklahoma, civil rights activist, and founder of OU's Human Relations program. He told us the story of his life in Oklahoma from unknowingly accepting a job in a sundown town, to founding the university's Human Relations program, and his hopes for the future.

Duration:00:39:43

Oklahoma Authors: Kim Ventrella

1/25/2019
Oklahoma author Kim Ventrella talked to us about her upcoming book, Bone Hollow, along with other projects she's been working on.

Duration:00:29:14

Friends of the Library Book Sale

1/20/2019
This episode looks at the Metropolitan Library System's annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.

Duration:00:10:09

Oklahoma Politics Part 2: Being Mayor

1/15/2019
In part 2 of our exploration of Oklahoma politics we talked with Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Village Mayor Sonny Wilkinson about what it's like being the mayor of a city in the state of Oklahoma.

Duration:00:17:04