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October 18, 2019  

Medical Marijuana in Oklahoma

How has #Oklahoma established perhaps the most liberal #medicalmarijuana law in the nation? We talk with two of the key activists involved in creating and solidifying the legislation, Chip Paul of Oklahomans for Health and Allison Sims of Green Country NORML. In this episode, we discuss the history of marijuana use and regulations in Oklahoma, the efforts to establish the state's #medical #marijuana program, and the current state of the industry and laws in Oklahoma.

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September 20, 2019  

Revisiting the Second World War

How should we remember the largest and deadliest conflict in human history, now that we are 75 years away from D-Day and 80 years from the beginning of the Second World War? We discuss the most significant aspects and some lesser-known parts of what might better be called “The Second Thirty Years War” with historian Dr. Justin Olmstead of the University of Central Oklahoma.

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August 19, 2019  

The Wide World of Sports & the Humanities

How do college sports affect, and reflect, American culture and society? Our guest, Dr. Amy Carreiro, is a sports historian who has taught at Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. (She is also probably the nicest New England Patriots fan you’ll ever meet.) In this episode, we discuss the evolution of college athletics and how sports can help us understand larger issues in American society.

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July 17, 2019  

Woody Guthrie: “A Shakespeare in Overalls”

Why should we still listen to Woody Guthrie’s music and a message over 50 years after his death? This #BrainBoxOK episode features a discussion with scholars and musicians who are keeping Guthrie’s legacy of social activism alive through the folk music tradition. We look at Guthrie’s childhood in Okemah, OK; the wide range of influences on his work; stories from his life of wandering; and his continuing impact on American culture.

 

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June 14, 2019  

Environmentalism and the Humanities

How can we use the humanities to think about environmental issues? This #BrainBoxOK episode features a discussion with the State Scholar for Oklahoma Humanities’ upcoming Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibition, Dr. Mark Davies of Oklahoma City University. The episode looks at ethical, cultural, and philosophical approaches to what our guest describes as “the greatest challenge not only of our time but for all time,” to maintain a livable climate for all life on Earth.

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May 15, 2019  

The Most Punitive Justice System in the World

How has Oklahoma become the world leader in mass incarceration?  What historical and cultural factors have led us here, and how does this affect almost every aspect of our society?  In this episode, we speak with Ryan Gentzler, Director of Open Justice Oklahoma and author of “Between You and Me,” a powerful article in the newest Oklahoma Humanities magazine analyzing Oklahoma’s criminal justice system and offering possible solutions.   

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April 15, 2019  

The Power of the American Presidency

Research indicates the first person American children recognize outside their friends and family is the President of the United States.  The president is commonly known as "The Leader of the Free World," and "The Most Powerful Man in the World."  Did the Founders intend to create an American presidency this powerful?  How did presidents acquire more power over the last 230 years, and how might the presidency change in the future?  Our guests on this episode, Dr. Aaron Mason and Dr. Eric Schmaltz of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, discuss the history of the American presidency, the evolution of presidential power, and some key examples of successful and failed presidencies.

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March 12, 2019  

Oklahoma’s DNA

What’s in Oklahoma’s DNA, historically speaking, that can help explain the state’s unique culture, laws, politics, and identity? There’s no one better to discuss this than Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society. In this episode, we’ll look at the state’s occasionally chaotic history, its approach to criminal justice, its outsized artistic impact, divisions between urban and rural communities, and many more aspects of what makes up Oklahoma’s DNA.

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February 11, 2019  

The Sixties, Fifty Years Later

We are now half a century away from the end of the 1960s, an era that in many ways still defines American life and culture. In this episode we talk with Dr. Ben Alpers of the University of Oklahoma Honors College about why the Sixties still loom so large in our culture and the meanings we can take from a re-evaluation of that pivotal decade.

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January 9, 2019  

Alternative Oklahoma History

Why is it a felony to fly the first Oklahoma state flag? Why did a group of rural Oklahoma farmers turn to armed rebellion? Why was there a book burning at an Oklahoma City high school stadium? We’re kicking off Season Two of BrainBox by talking with one of Oklahoma’s coolest humanities scholars, Dr. Rachel Jackson, about alternative views of Oklahoma’s history to help us better understand the state today.

 

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