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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Mitch Gilliam explores Oklahoma hip hop at the intersection of social history and turntable technique. Tacos are eaten. Featuring Verse, Playya 100...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2013
  • Length: 14:29
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Heroes rise from the McDonald's drive thru in Rivka Galchen's Severe Storm Watch, read by Russell Cobb. Then Russell sees his own storm and finds s...

Bought by KGOU


  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 08:42
  • Purchases: 1
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The artist Harold Stevenson is best known for his paintings of male nudes, and his friendships with pop art royalty. He has lived in Paris, and Ro...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2013
  • Length: 06:48
Caption: Cullen and Sara Bieger outside their home in Norman, Oklahoma.  When the tornado hit, Cullen was at The Warren theater in Moore, where he had tickets to see Star Trek into Darkness. , Credit: Sheilah Bright
On Monday, May 20th, 2013, a tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least 24 people.

Bought by KPIK-LP, KBGA 89.9 FM, The Story, and KUOW


  • Added: May 24, 2013
  • Length: 05:55
  • Purchases: 4
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Samuel Clifton Folks has lived in Tulsa all his life. Here, he remembers playing little league baseball as a young teenager in the mid-1960s.

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Sep 28, 2012
  • Length: 02:58
  • Purchases: 1
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Three times a week, a tight knit group of senior citizens play old-time country, bluegrass and gospel at the Heavener, Howe and Poteau jamborees in...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Sep 28, 2012
  • Length: 02:51
  • Purchases: 1
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In this short documentary, folk musician and historian Tom Naples walks us through the dust bowl and tunes us into archival recordings and oral hi...

Bought by Listenwise, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 16, 2012
  • Length: 07:11
  • Purchases: 3
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Jack Seehafer spent almost a decade as a professional cyclist before becoming a coach for Team Type 1. Here, Seehafer shares some of the trials and...

Bought by PRX Remix and KOSU


  • Added: Jul 02, 2012
  • Length: 03:15
  • Purchases: 2
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John Brehm's family didn't discuss art or literature or poetry. Searching for his own way in the world, Brehm began writing. Decades later, he is t...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 02:03
  • Purchases: 1
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For photographer Gaylord Herron, there's "something about trees." He's traveled all over the world photographing different cultures, but he's also ...

Bought by KUOW and KOSU


  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Shantelle Jennings was a child when photographer Larry Clark captured iconic images of her father, Billy Mann, toting guns and shooting drugs for h...

Bought by KFAI and KOSU


  • Added: May 21, 2012
  • Length: 04:26
  • Purchases: 2
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Andrew Gumbel, co-author of the book "Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed--and Why it Still Matters" (2012, HarperCollins) with Roger Char...

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 23, 2012
  • Length: 05:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Neighbors of the Murrah Federal building recall the 1995 bombing that altered the life and culture of Oklahoma City. As a precaution to listeners,...

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 17, 2012
  • Length: 02:53
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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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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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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Author Steve Almond reads his short story about Oklahoma, "Jeff Keith, Lead Singer of Tesla, Considers Youth."

  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 04:28
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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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
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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