The Sound of Our Land

Series produced by This Land Press

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The Sound of Our Land turns a thoughtful ear to voices who must be heard in Oklahoma.

The series features a wide variety of stories told, almost exclusively, from the mouths of people living them - without the assistance of voice-over narration.

The Sound of Our Land includes stories about Oklahoma's gun culture, mid-western environmentalism and people finding salvation in unexpected locations.


33 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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We travel into the peculiar world of the Gluedobbers, a gun and model plane club in East Tulsa. Featuring the voices of retired manual laborers, Gl...

Bought by KOSU, New Hampshire Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 05, 2011
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 3
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Once a week, community members gather in the Blue Jackalope grocery store and coffee shop for blues and barbecue Sundays. The event offers a little...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Jul 05, 2011
  • Length: 05:45
  • Purchases: 1
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Federally licensed gun dealers are required to screen people before they can sell them a gun. If the person ends up being a felon or clinically ins...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2011
  • Length: 04:11
  • Purchases: 1
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Louise Red Corn never wanted to own a newspaper. She liked the reporting end of journalism. But after moving to Osage County, Oklahoma, she quit he...

Bought by KOSU, New Hampshire Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 06, 2011
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tate Brady, Credit: Beryl Ford Collection, Tulsa City-County Library
In the early 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan had been so active in Tulsa, Oklahoma - doing everything from holding parades to organizing lynch mobs - that ...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2011
  • Length: 04:34
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Oklahoma is considered a conservative state these days. But in the early 1900s, Oklahoma had an active leftist movement. Equally active was the Ku ...

Bought by WTIP, KOSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 06, 2011
  • Length: 05:21
  • Purchases: 3
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Alan Heathcock reads us his story "Streetlamps" from our Imaginary Oklahoma series and explains the family history behind the unusual coupling in h...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 05:41
  • Purchases: 1
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The Tulsa Police Department has been using pepper spray since the nineties, but the device made headlines earlier this month after TPD sprayed five...

Bought by WAMC, New Hampshire Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 23, 2011
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Earlier this year, the Southern Poverty Law Center gave Oklahoma public schools a failing grade in instruction about the Civil Rights Movement. But...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2011
  • Length: 03:01
  • Purchases: 2
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Mary McAnally shares the story of how she organized the only Freedom Bus from Oklahoma during the Civil Rights Movement. She went with 40 Universit...

Bought by KISU, WOUB, Prairie Public, KZYX, WTIP and more


  • Added: Nov 30, 2011
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 20
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In the late 1970's, Mary McAnally led a poetry workshop for the inmates at Stringtown Prison in Stringtown, Okla. She taught at the prison twice a ...

Bought by KFAI and KOSU


  • Added: Dec 12, 2011
  • Length: 10:10
  • Purchases: 2
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Imaginary Oklahoma is an ongoing project in which some of today’s most important and influential writers combine with artists to provide a fictiona...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2011
  • Length: 03:46
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Ginger Strand, contributing editor to This Land Press, discusses Oklahoma's comfort with engineering our environment. Strand explains how the Arkan...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2012
  • Length: 03:47
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LaDonna Osborn spent her childhood traveling around the world with her evangelical parents, T.L. and Daisy Osborn, founders of Osborn Ministries In...

Bought by KOSU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 02:55
  • Purchases: 2
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Kelly Kurt discusses her experience covering executions in Oklahoma during her time as a reporter for the Associated Press. She worked for the wire...

Bought by WDBM, KOSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 06, 2012
  • Length: 04:48
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Roberta Roberts Potts and her father, Oral Roberts
Roberta Roberts Potts, the daughter of the late televangelist and university founder, Oral Roberts, recently published a book about her father call...

Bought by KOSU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 23, 2012
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 2
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Author Steve Almond reads his short story about Oklahoma, "Jeff Keith, Lead Singer of Tesla, Considers Youth."

  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 04:28
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Terry Turner, the Intelligence Analyst Supervisor with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, discusses the investigation of the serial murder...

Bought by KUT, KOSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2012
  • Length: 04:12
  • Purchases: 3
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While researching a book, author Richard Hicks was a long haul trucker for a year and a half. He shares the unique perspective that truckers have ...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KUOW, KOSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2012
  • Length: 05:04
  • Purchases: 4
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When Matt O'Meilia was 10 years old, a rock star moved into his neighborhood. And not just any rock star. A hometown boy made good. The rock star...

Bought by KOSU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2012
  • Length: 04:14
  • Purchases: 2