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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

The Cora Youngblood Corson Story

6/15/2021
In this month's podcast historian James Gregory tells the story of Oklahoma vaudeville star Cora Youngblood Corson. It's a tale of tubas, cultural appropriation, and entertainment in vaudeville's heyday.

Duration:00:30:26

Solomon Hotema And The Last Witch Killings in America

4/15/2021
When most of us think of witch killings we think of Salem in the 1600s, but did you know that the last witch killings in America were in Oklahoma? Historian John Truden talks with us about Solomon Hotema and the 1899 witch killings in Choctaw country. If you think the podcast is interesting and you'd like to learn more Choctaw history, you can visit https://hinahanta.choctawnation.com

Duration:00:22:09

Black History Month: The Story of the Threatt Filling Station

2/15/2021
Sitting between two sundown towns in Oklahoma, the Threatt Filling Station was a safe haven for African American travelers on Route 66 during the time of Jim Crow. Cousins Charles and Ed Threatt talk about the filling station and its importance to our state's history.

Duration:00:22:14

Women in Early Oklahoma Politics: The stories of Kate Barnard and May Peebles

12/15/2020
Historian Erin Brown from the Oklahoma Territorial Museum discusses the lives of two women involved in early Oklahoma politics, writer of the state constitution May Peebles, and the first woman elected to state office, Kate Barnard.

Duration:00:33:16

Dying to Get to Oklahoma: Famous Graves in the Sooner State

10/15/2020
Since Halloween is coming up, we decided to get a little creepy and look at some of the famous final resting places of Oklahomans, both in and out of Oklahoma. Historian Dale Ingram talks with us about the graves of Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie, and more.

Duration:00:19:53

The American Indian Movement in Oklahoma

8/15/2020
Historian John Truden talks about the American Indian Movement and its history in Oklahoma. For more information you can read Mr. Truden's article on the topic here https://newprairiepress.org/ojrrp/vol15/iss3/1/

Duration:00:34:01

Bonus Episode: LGBTQ History and Pride in OKC

6/20/2020
Freedom Oklahoma's Allie Shin and City Councilperson James Cooper talk about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Oklahoma City and the city's Pride celebration.

Duration:00:40:47

LGBT History: The Arrest of Paul Thompson

6/15/2020
In this month's podcast we hear the story of the arrest of Oklahoma City gay rights activist Paul Thompson and his fight in court.

Duration:00:11:50

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