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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the first anniversary of medical marijuana and Oklahoma already near the top nationwide in patient participation, Senator Inhofe vows to crack down on the private company reportedly leaving military families in disrepaired and dangerous homes at Tinker and other bases in the U.S. and the State Supreme Court refuses to hear a controversial alcohol bill preferring to send it to Oklahoma County District Court.

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KOSU is happy to announce that we will be airing an encore presentation of Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley, beginning this Sunday, June 30th at 7 p.m.

The 20-part radio series, which first aired on KOSU in 2009, explores the music of Oklahoma artists and songwriters and their influence on Rock and Roll.

Charley Crockett is a musician channeling an eclectic mix of blues, country, and gospel music. He will be touring through Tulsa on Saturday, June 29th at Cain's Ballroom. He released an album back in December 2018 and two songs earlier this year.

Matthew Viriyapah spoke to him over the phone while Crockett was still on the road in Tennessee. And it had been just a few days after he took the historic Grand Ole Opry stage for the first time.

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It's Round 2 of the first Democratic primary debate in Miami. The stage is headliner-heavy with former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

Claire Donnelly / StateImpact Oklahoma

Nearly all Oklahoma residents – about 93 percent – live within 20 miles of a flood control dam, according to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

The state has the largest number of watershed dams in the country.

Spinster is an indie rock band, made up of other local outfits like SWIMFAN, Mad Honey, and The Annie Oakley. Spinster is fairly new and are releasing their self-titled album with a release show at The Opolis in Norman on Friday, June 28.

Matthew Viriyapah spoke with Jo Babb, also of The Annie Oakley, about the new album and the differences between the bands.

Angela Hsieh/NPR

Twenty candidates have made it to the first round of Democratic primary debates. Ten take the stage Wednesday night, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the center. Night 2, on Thursday, will include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The new poet laureate of the United States is also the first Native American appointed to the post. We'll talk with Joy Harjo.

Every Tuesday, The Spy adds new music to its rotation. Here are the adds for the week of June 25th, 2019. This playlist includes demos of hit songs written by Prince, a lead single from Cold War Kids' upcoming album,  a new song for Spoon's best-of compilation, and many more.

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