Russell Cobb on the failing Oklahoma state.

Here’s What Years of Reactionary Conservatism Did to Oklahoma

Here’s What Years of Reactionary Conservatism Did to Oklahoma

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 11 2017 6:06 PM

Oklahoma Is Not OK

Low tax rates, failing public services, and a governor who thinks prayer will fix the budget deficit. Why can’t Oklahoma get it together?

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An Oklahoma City mural.

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Things are looking bleak in Oklahoma. Low taxes and slashed state spending mean schools, prisons, and even the state capitol building itself are failing. Russell Cobb, a native Okie, explains how his home state came to be so screwed up.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.