America Amplified

The America Amplified: Election 2020 initiative is a national public media collaboration funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was launched in the fall of 2019 to bring a different kind of reporting into public media coverage of the 2020 election.

In light of current news facing the country, America Amplified has focused on providing resources for public media to continue to engage with the communities they cover.

America Amplified aims to put people, not preconceived ideas, at the center of its reporting process — in this era of “social distancing,” we will be using tools such as crowd-sourcing, polls and social media to listen first to communities across the country.

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Brittney Matlock has had a lot of big changes in the past couple months. On top of having a baby and learning her husband was immunocompromised, she and her mother — who co-own a business in Oklahoma City — have had to decide how to operate their three locations during a global pandemic.

In her audio diary for KOSU, she talks about the hard costs of being open and the difficulties behind requiring a mask for all staff and visitors. 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated July 31, 2020 at 4:46 p.m.

As crazy as it seems, it’s hard to get good information about COVID testing in Oklahoma. We’ve had the same frustrating experiences.

So, here is a practical guide about COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma answering questions we’ve received from our community members. Keep checking back as this post will be continually updated with information we received from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, pharmacies, laboratories, Tribal governments and others.

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Michelle Smock is a co-owner of a spa in Norman with her husband. In her audio diary for KOSU, she talks about the anxiety of shutting down the business temporarily for 2 and a half months before reopening - and the lack of clear guidance on how to reopen or how to respond if an employee contracted COVID-19. 

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Jennifer Thomas is a 36-year-old, self-employed, Black woman living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In her audio diary for KOSU, the Detroit-native discusses her fears and thankfulness for those around her as she waits for the results from the COVID-19 test she had on June 26.

Four Oklahomans Share Thoughts About Tulsa Events This Weekend

Jun 19, 2020
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A mixture of emotion ranging from delight and celebration to fear and anger are converging in downtown Tulsa this weekend. Here are just a few of the people who plan to attend or support the first campaign rally for President Donald Trump in four months, celebrations for Juneteenth and protests.  

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Avery Marshall is a black trans man living and working in Tulsa. In the past several months, he has gone through a lot of changes - working from home with his fiancé, postponing their wedding over COVID-19 concerns and recovering from top surgery. In his audio diary, Avery talks about the worries he has even in his regular tasks – like walking his dog, Chugg – and also how he feels about this particular Pride Month.


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Liz Fletcher's husband has cystic fibrosis, so she was already being precautious when out in public before the COVID-19 pandemic. In her audio diary for KOSU, Fletcher, who is a psychotherapist, says she's worried about when she may have to return to work in-person and what that could mean for the health of her husband and her patients. 


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KOSU has been answering questions from our listening and texting club communities about the June 30th primary - where Oklahoma will hold elections for state legislators, Congressional seats and whether or not to expand Medicaid. 

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Following the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, north Tulsa resident Sondra Slade and her family are having talks about being black in America. In her audio diary for KOSU, Slade talks about her worries as a parent and how these events are affecting her kids. 


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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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