Brooklynn LiCastro

Brooklynn LiCastro was an intern at KOSU from June 2019 to September 2019.

Brooklynn graduated from Yukon High School in 2018 and is currently studying Political Science with a minor in Ethics in Society at Stanford University. Brooklynn is a lifelong listener of KOSU and maintains her KOSU roots in California with the NPR One app.

At Stanford, Brooklynn works to promote socio-economic equality in higher education as a core member of the First Generation Low-income Partnership, helps integrate freshmen teaching a class called Frosh 101, and fosters a campus culture of service as a Service Scholar.

In her free time, Brooklynn likes to hike in the Wichita Mountains, karaoke ‘90s music, and drink copious amounts of tea.

Annie Griffith / Facebook

KOSU intern Brooklynn LiCastro recently interviewed Annie Griffiths ahead of her presentations in Oklahoma City and Norman. Griffiths is a photographer for National Geographic and the founder of a non-profit called Ripple Effect Images, which works to empower women and children in developing countries and share their stories of strength.

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Researchers at Oklahoma State University are working on turning beer waste into food.

When beer is made, starch and sugars are extracted from the grain, but the solid material is left as waste—nearly 52 pounds for every barrel brewed.

City of Cushing Facebook

A lake in north-central Oklahoma was left almost completely drained following a spillway leak this weekend.

Cushing Lake was 18 feet deep on Saturday. Now, there’s less than two feet of water left, following Sunday’s breach of the 90-year-old wall. The cause of the leak has not yet been determined.

Terry Brannon, Cushing’s City Manager, says⁠—luckily⁠—the water flowed into a nearby creek, which prevented any damage.

“We've checked with landowners, and there have been no flooding of farmland, no harm to livestock, and no harm to any type of structures,” says Brannon.

Narduli Studio

A world-renowned artist is bringing the Oklahoma sky indoors to Oklahoma City’s future MAPS 3 Convention Center.

Anadisgoi: The Offical Cherokee Nation Newsroom

Minimum wage in the Cherokee Nation might soon get a boost.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief-elect Chuck Hoskin Jr. won’t be sworn in until August 14th, but he has already announced plans for his first executive order.

“We’re gonna raise the minimum wage, through executive order and through the council’s budget, to 11 dollars an hour,” said Hoskin.

Minimum wage for the Cherokee Nation is currently $9.50 an hour. This surpasses Oklahoma’s base pay of $7.25, which matches the federal minimum.

Food Research & Action Center

Oklahoma children were better fed through the Summer Food Service Program last summer than they were the year before, according to the 2019 Food Research & Action Center report. And, advocates expect even more kids in the state to eat free meals through the program this summer. 

Lenora LaVictoire

Oklahoma City’s Day Shelter for people experiencing homelessness recently got an up-do. Rooted Barber + Shop opened a new in-house shop at the shelter on July 22nd.

Bryan Moore has been cutting people’s hair at the shelter for several years, but on July 22nd he gave his first cut in an actual barber’s chair.

Flickr / scubabrett22

Changes to Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program will go into effect after August 29th, following new regulations passed by lawmakers earlier this year.