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Dear Oklahoma

Dec 21, 2018

In this episode, Kate Strum reads her Pushcart Prize-nominated essay, “Spiritual Affliction: A Thank You Note to Oklahoma.” Lindsey and Emily talk to Kate about the meaning of home, why the poetry of Simon Ortiz matters, and the occasional hazards of telling neighbors that you’re a writer.

Nov 28, 2018

In this episode, National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson reads from his new novel-in-progress, Terlingua, live at Soul City Gastropub in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brandon chats with Lindsey and Emily about creating fictional characters who crave connection by any means necessary, his reasons for setting stories in...

Oct 24, 2018

In this episode, poet and actor Deborah J. Hunter reads two poems based on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that she wrote and performed in Tara Brooke Watkins’ play, “Tulsa 21: Black Wall Street.” Lindsey and Emily talk to Deborah about the use of the word “massacre” versus “riot” and discuss what it means to...

Sep 26, 2018

In this episode, Emily and Lindsey chat with Kelly Burley from KOSU radio about the premise for Dear Oklahoma, its mission, and the upcoming season. Emily and Lindsey explain how they ended up covering the Oklahoma Teacher’s Walkout earlier this spring and reflect on what it means to inspire the next generation of...