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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.

Latest Episodes

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

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.

12 MIN2019 DEC 15
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I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

The Story Of The BC Clark Christmas Jingle (re-release)

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.

16 MIN2019 NOV 29
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The Story Of The BC Clark Christmas Jingle (re-release)

Beyond the Boarding Schools: A story of Native Americans and education

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.

25 MIN2019 NOV 15
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Beyond the Boarding Schools: A story of Native Americans and education

Haunted Oklahoma: The Halloween Episode

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/)

30 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Haunted Oklahoma: The Halloween Episode

State of the State Capitol

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

16 MIN2019 SEP 15
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State of the State Capitol

Oklahoma! The Story of our State Song

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.

29 MIN2019 AUG 15
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Oklahoma! The Story of our State Song

Machine Gun Kelly and the Urschel Kidnapping

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.

20 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Machine Gun Kelly and the Urschel Kidnapping

LGBT in OKC: A Brief History of the Oklahoma City LGBT+ Community

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.

23 MIN2019 JUN 15
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LGBT in OKC: A Brief History of the Oklahoma City LGBT+ Community

The Oddly Interesting History of the Oklahoma River

Join us on a journey down the Oklahoma River from the frequently flooded pre-statehood zoo at Wheeler Park to the Olympic training facility there today.

33 MIN2019 MAY 15
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The Oddly Interesting History of the Oklahoma River

Author Interview: Sam Anderson

New York Times writer Sam Anderson, came by the library recently to talk about his book Boom Town:The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Guest interviewer Claire Donnelly drove around OKC with Sam to talk OKC, it's neighborhoods, and their history, and librarian Sheldon Beach interviews Sam about his book.

32 MIN2019 MAY 1
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Author Interview: Sam Anderson

Latest Episodes

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

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.

12 MIN2019 DEC 15
Comments
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

The Story Of The BC Clark Christmas Jingle (re-release)

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.

16 MIN2019 NOV 29
Comments
The Story Of The BC Clark Christmas Jingle (re-release)

Beyond the Boarding Schools: A story of Native Americans and education

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.

25 MIN2019 NOV 15
Comments
Beyond the Boarding Schools: A story of Native Americans and education

Haunted Oklahoma: The Halloween Episode

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/)

30 MIN2019 OCT 15
Comments
Haunted Oklahoma: The Halloween Episode

State of the State Capitol

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

16 MIN2019 SEP 15
Comments
State of the State Capitol

Oklahoma! The Story of our State Song

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.

29 MIN2019 AUG 15
Comments
Oklahoma! The Story of our State Song

Machine Gun Kelly and the Urschel Kidnapping

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.

20 MIN2019 JUL 15
Comments
Machine Gun Kelly and the Urschel Kidnapping

LGBT in OKC: A Brief History of the Oklahoma City LGBT+ Community

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.

23 MIN2019 JUN 15
Comments
LGBT in OKC: A Brief History of the Oklahoma City LGBT+ Community

The Oddly Interesting History of the Oklahoma River

Join us on a journey down the Oklahoma River from the frequently flooded pre-statehood zoo at Wheeler Park to the Olympic training facility there today.

33 MIN2019 MAY 15
Comments
The Oddly Interesting History of the Oklahoma River

Author Interview: Sam Anderson

New York Times writer Sam Anderson, came by the library recently to talk about his book Boom Town:The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis. Guest interviewer Claire Donnelly drove around OKC with Sam to talk OKC, it's neighborhoods, and their history, and librarian Sheldon Beach interviews Sam about his book.

32 MIN2019 MAY 1
Comments
Author Interview: Sam Anderson
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