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RJ Young no longer considers COVID-19 as the biggest threat to his health. As a millennial black man living in Tulsa, he says racism has – yet again – become the greatest threat to his well-being. In his audio diary, Young talks about the latest Black Lives Matter protests and how he is terrified to be a black man living in the city that, nearly a century ago, was the site of one of the worst acts of racial violence. 

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Although headlines have been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that there is an election coming. On June 30, Oklahoma will hold primary elections for state legislators, Congressional seats and whether or not to expand Medicaid.

We're gathering information right now - but we need to know what questions you have about voting in June. Let us know any other questions you have by texting 'VOTE' to 844-777-7719 or enter your phone number below to get started. 

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This post was updated on May 22, 2020 at 9:56 a.m.

KOSU has been asking our listening community and texting club members to tell us how they feel about wearing masks in public.

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Like many of us, Robert LaBorde's daily routines have been impacted by COVID-19 - but that hasn't stopped him from living a full life. In his audio diary, he talks about being a caregiver for his mother-in-law, experiencing loss during a pandemic and how joy can still be found when plans fall by the wayside.


Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce recently appeared on the national talk radio show America Amplified: Life, Community and COVID-19. The show explores local community perspectives and solutions to issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the May 16th airing of the show, Mayor Joyce talked about Stillwater's reopening plan, which orginally required customers to wear face masks. The mayor later amended his plan to include a strong recommendation for masks after store employees were threated with violence.

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Phoebe Butts has big dreams of being on a Broadway stage. The Oklahoma City-native moved to New York City in February, right before the city became an epicenter for COVID-19. In her audio diary, she talks about being diagnosed with COVID-19 and shares a moment of togetherness in the city that never sleeps. 

Oklahoma is one of many states lifting stay-at-home orders across the country this month after hospitalizations continued on a downward trend. Over the weekend, businesses such as movie theaters, restaurants and gyms were allowed to reopen if they also maintain strict social distancing and sanitization protocols. 

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020. 

Nathan Jacob won't have a typical graduation later this month due to COVID-19 - like many students who are in their final year of school.  In his audio diary, he talks about how he works through the change of being an active student to working from home and living with his parents and his brother, Joel. 

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This post was updated on May 11, 2020. 

While many people are spending lots of time together during the COVID-19 pandemic, the pressures of work are forcing some families to spend time apart. Charlie Amos of Wagoner County recorded this audio diary on April 19th. 

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This post was updated May 11, 2020. 

Dr. Quisto Settle is an assistant professor of Agricultural Communications at Oklahoma State University. In his audio diary for KOSU, he talks about the challenges of living and working from home, trying to be there for his students during a global pandemic and taking time to enjoy life's little moments. 

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