OHS Executive Director Trait Thompson and Dr. Bob Blackburn of the OHS’s A Very OK Podcast and Dr. Sunu Kodumthara of OH’s BrainBox lead a conversation about growing up in Oklahoma from multiple cultural perspectives—featuring special guests Kelli Brooke Haney and Javier Hernandez. This crossover episode was recorded in front of a live audience.
Since the inception of the aviation age, Oklahomans have made major contributions to the science of flight. In this episode, Trait Thompson and Dr. Blackburn discuss the early days of flight in Oklahoma and the notable Oklahomans such as Wiley Post, James Banning, and the Cessna brothers who left their marks in the history books. They also interview Randy Vierling, a longtime TWA pilot, who tells the story of a harrowing experience he had while piloting an airplane through a storm early in his career.
After the Civil War, Oklahoma played a major role in cattle ranching and the development of the frontier. Trait Thompson and Dr. Bob Blackburn discuss the people who made an impact during this critical time in history. They are joined by author and scholar, Art Burton, who discusses the Buffalo Soldiers, Bass Reeves, and one of Indian Territory’s most notorious outlaws.
In this episode, we explore who brought golf to Oklahoma and where the first courses were located. We also discuss Oklahomans who made their mark in golf course architecture, in women’s golf, and an Oklahoman who broke the color barrier in the PGA. Our guest is Steve Carson, Director of Golf at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City, which will be celebrating its centennial in 2022.
The horrific race massacre that took place in Tulsa during the evening and morning hours of May 31-June 1, 1921, still echoes through history. Trait and Bob discuss what happened during those fateful hours and how Oklahoma can begin to heal as the 100th anniversary approaches. Phil Armstrong, Project Director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, joins in the discussion.
Welcome to A Very OK Podcast reboot! In this episode, Trait and Bob explore the early days of television broadcasting in Oklahoma -with a special focus on the role of women. They also welcome Joyce Jackson into the studio for an in-depth discussion about her experiences as the first Black woman on one of Oklahoma's local television stations.