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Episode 31: Elizabeth Nichols on medical cannabis and SQ 788

by | June 12th, 2018 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (5)

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For this episode, we spoke with Elizabeth Nichols, an attorney who has worked extensively with the emerging cannabis industry in Oklahoma and nearby states. With Oklahomans voting in just two weeks on State Question 788 to legalize medical cannabis, Nichols shared her perspective on how the medical cannabis industry is developing in other states, what she sees as the best models for implementing medical cannabis in Oklahoma, and what she expects from the SQ 788 vote on June 26.

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Episode 30: DeVon Douglass on taking on Tulsa’s toughest challenges

by | May 29th, 2018 | Posted in Blog, Podcast | Comments (0)

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We spoke with DeVon Douglass, the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa, about the work her team is doing to take on Tulsa’s toughest challenges, from teen homelessness to deep inequities in housing, transportation, and education. Their recent Tulsa Equality Indicators report assesses many of the barriers to a good life and better opportunities for Tulsans — but DeVon’s not only working to describe the problems. She tells us how the Tulsa city and community is gearing up to take on inequality in a comprehensive way.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 29: What Just Happened

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The OK PolicyCast is back! In this episode, we look at what just happened in one of the most tumultuous legislative years in Oklahoma history. Bailey Perkins speaks about what it was like being at the state Capitol before, during, and after the teacher walkout. Carly Putnam shares some major developments in health care policy. And Ryan Gentzler talks about this year’s most important criminal justice legislation, both the good and the bad.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 28: Mid-Session Update

by | April 11th, 2017 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (1)

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Now that we’re just past the halfway point in the Legislative session, Kara Joy and Gene talk about which key bills are still alive, which are dead, and what’s at play in negotiations over the state budget. To find out how you can take action on bills during the rest of session, see OK Policy’s Advocacy Alerts page, and to join efforts for a better Oklahoma state budget, visit Together Oklahoma.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 27: So You Want To Effect Change

by | March 28th, 2017 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (1)

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Today on the OK PolicyCast, we speak with Shay White, a social worker and advocate with Together Oklahoma and ACTION. She spoke to us about what motivated her to get involved with policy change, what keeps her going, and finding “that one thing that gets us up every morning.”

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OK PolicyCast Episode 26: The GOP Health Plan

by | March 14th, 2017 | Posted in Healthcare, Podcast | Comments (0)

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We speak with OK Policy health care analyst Carly Putnam about the new plan from the House GOP to replace the Affordable Care Act. We talk about how the bill does and doesn’t change the Affordable Care Act, what chance it has to pass, and how it could affect Oklahomans’ health care.

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OK PolicyCast 25: How the criminal justice system really works

by | February 28th, 2017 | Posted in Criminal Justice, Podcast | Comments (0)

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On this episode we speak with Jill Webb, an attorney with the Tulsa County Public Defender’s office. She gives us a tour of how the real criminal justice system is different from popular ideas about police and the courts, embodied by shows like Law and Order.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 24: All about the revenues

by | February 14th, 2017 | Posted in Budget, Podcast, Taxes | Comments (0)

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The OK PolicyCast is back!

Governor Fallin surprised many observer of Oklahoma politics by calling for dramatic revenue increases and major tax reforms in her State of the State address. In this podcast, we discuss the Governor’s ideas, what’s most likely to make it through the Legislature, and what other ideas Oklahoma Policy Institute has put forward to fix our state’s budget hole.

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Is this the blueprint for ending poverty? (OK PolicyCast)

by | December 7th, 2015 | Posted in Education, Podcast, Poverty & Opportunity | Comments (0)
Dr. David Grusky

Dr. David Grusky

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This October, Stanford University’s Dr. David Grusky visited Oklahoma for a talk at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Grusky’s books include Social Stratification, Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader, and The Inequality Puzzle. His presentation at TU was titled, “A Blueprint for Ending Poverty… Permanently.” Dr. Grusky also spent some time with OK Policy’s staff discussing how the research on poverty and inequality is inspiring an ambitious new effort to end poverty in California.

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OK PolicyCast Episode 22: Predatory payday lending in Oklahoma

by | February 27th, 2015 | Posted in Podcast | Comments (0)
Photo by Thomas Hawk.

Photo by Thomas Hawk.

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This week we speak with Kate Richey of OK Policy and the Oklahoma Assets Network on her research into payday lending in Oklahoma and how it can trap families in a vicious cycle of debt.

On Wednesday, March 4 there will be a Town Hall Forum on predatory lending in Oklahoma at the OU Faculty House in Oklahoma City. A local panel of experts will discuss how payday lenders target military families, older Oklahomans, single parent households, and other vulnerable communities and demographics. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

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