Watch This: Elderly parole

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill this summer to enable non-violent, non-sex offenders to go before a parole board upon turning 60 years of age, even if their original sentence did not include the opportunity for parole.  The bill’s passage… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Long term unemployment, 1967-2011

This animated graph, produced by the TellTaleChart, illustrates the unprecedented spike in long-term unemployment during and after the Great Recession.  The current median duration of unemployment (or weeks out of work) represents a dramatic departure from decades of unemployment trends. … Read more [More...]

Watch This: Packed Oklahoma prisons, rising costs

Oklahoma Watch has an excellent series on their Youtube channel examining incarceration in Oklahoma, with a particular emphasis on female incarceration.  The videos explore themes like overcrowding, substance abuse and domestic violence, and reentry after incarceration.  Oklahoma Watch is a… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Creativity and Learning

This enlightening hour-long film explores creativity in education by highlighting four Oklahoma schools: Educare Preschool in Tulsa, Flower Mound Elementary School in Lawton, Odyssey of the Mind at Piedmont Middle School, and Santa Fe South Charter High School in Oklahoma… Read more [More...]

Watch This: The Great Recession

This video provides an excellent graphical overview of postwar recessions, putting the most recent economic downturn into grave perspective.  The video was created and narrated by Colin Gordon of the Iowa Policy Project.  For more videos like this, and additional… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Making ends meet – The Medicare generation

This ten minute documentary produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation profiles the experiences of three Medicare families struggling to keep up with health care costs and other necessary household expenses on a fixed budget.  According to the Census Bureau, 13.5… Read more [More...]

Watch This: A tale of two (Oklahoma) cities

In this half-hour broadcast of OETA’s Oklahoma Forum, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett discuss the successes and challenges facing their cities with host Dick Pryor.  The Oklahoma Forum blog succinctly sums up the challenges facing… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Living Through the Oklahoma Dust Bowl

This summer’s excessive heat and drought evoke memories of the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.  This 5-minute video, produced by public broadcasting station KVIE, features interviews with Oklahomans who lived through the Dust Bowl.  Experts review the causes and consequences… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Reducing Infant Mortality

Oklahoma has the 6th highest infant mortality rate and 2nd highest black infant mortality rate in the country.  Among black babies, the infant mortality rate in Oklahoma today is comparable to the 1970s national average for all races.  This fantastic… Read more [More...]

Watch This: What is sharia law?

Oklahoma gained national attention last year with the passage of SQ 755, a ballot measure that amends the state constitution by preemptively barring state courts from considering ‘sharia law.’  Sharia literally means “path” in Arabic, and refers loosely to an… Read more [More...]