Let's Pod This

Let's Pod This

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Let’s Pod This is the official podcast of grassroots organization Let’s Fix This, Inc., where we talk with policymakers, advocates, elected officials, and regular folks from across the state to try to explain how our government works and provide context for the pressing issues facing our state.
The Election Night Show - Jabee
Dec 1 • 11 min
Musical performance by Jabee, recorded live at The Election Night Show on 11/6/18.
The Election Night Show - music by Joel T. Mosman
Dec 1 • 8 min
Musical performance by Joel T. Mosman, recorded live during The Election Night Show on 11/6/18.
The Election Night Show - K.C. Clifford musical performance
Dec 1 • 10 min
Musical performance by K.C. Clifford, recorded live at The Election Night Show on 11/6/18.
The Election Night Show - Top 10 List & Stephen Salewon
Dec 1 • 19 min
Top 10 Things overhead at the polls in Oklahoma (feat. Joy Hofmeister) and musical performance by Stephen Salewon. Recorded live at The Election Night Show on 11/6/18.
Ep 62 | Election Recap
Nov 17 • 44 min
Quick recap of the election, what we think happened, and where this leaves us to start the 2019 legislative session.
Ep. 61 | Which races we’re watching
Nov 3 • 42 min
We give a quick run-down of the state races we’re watching this Election Day and which counties our forecast model says might be the most competitive.
Ep. 60 | Model Thoughts and How to Make a Voting Plan
Nov 2 • 60 min
Big news! We reveal our election projection data model and who may (or may not) win the Governor’s race. We also talk you through how to make a voting plan, which is more helpful & imporant than you might think!
Ep. 59 | CD5 Debate and another Labor Commissioner candidate
Oct 26 • 47 min
A very brief recap of the debate between candidates for US Congress, incumbent Steve Russell (R) and challenger Kendra Horn (D), followed by an interview with Republican candidate for Labor Commissioner, Leslie Osborn.
Ep. 58 | On the Road Again
Oct 23 • 44 min
We catch up with candidates who have been travelling the state together during their campaigns - Democratic candidate for Labor Commissioner Fred Dorrell and Democratic candidate for Insurance Commissioner Kimberly Fobbs.
Ep. 57 | 2018 State Questions Guide
Oct 16 • 61 min
We discuss the pros and cons of each of the five state questions that are on your ballots this year.
Bonus: Post-debate interviews with students and legislators
Oct 12 • 27 min
Following the student-led gubernatorial debate, we interviewed several high school students, as well as Rep. Jason Dunnington and Sen. Greg McCortney, to get their take on the event. (Apologies for the audio quality; we’ll do better next time.)
Bonus: “From Now On” Gubernatorial Debate
Oct 12 • 52 min
Audio of the student-led gubernatorial debate between Drew Edmondson (D) and Kevin Stitt (R). Recorded live at OKC Community College and hosted by From Now On. This was the first gubernatorial debate in the United States that was entirely organized and…
Ep. 56 | Everybody likes sandwiches (with Mark Myles)
Oct 11 • 79 min
A brief update on Oklahoma’s medical marijuana situation, a discussion of partisan symbolism, and a visit with Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Mark Myles.
Ep. 55 | Commissioner Candidate Chat
Oct 5 • 66 min
We sit down with two candidates running for statewide office - Kimberly Fobbs, who is running for Insurance Commissioner, and Fred Dorrell, who is running for Labor Commissioner. #Votelahoma
Ep. 54 | Gubernatorial Debate Recap
Sep 24 • 34 min
We recap the the Oklahoman’s gubernatorial debate that aired tonight. Pretty self explanatory. You saw that coming, though, right?
Ep. 53 | Someone should poll our dogs
Sep 23 • 80 min
We visit with our Washington correspondent Effie Craven and local restauranteur & Democratic candidate for OK County Treasurer, Daniel Chae.
Ep. 52 | Capitol Reporters, Vol. 1 (with Grant Hermes and Sean Murphy)
Sep 13 • 69 min
We visit with two of Oklahoma’s intrepid journalists to get an inside look into what it’s like to cover the State Capitol and politics in general in today’s political climate.
Ep. 51 | Too Close for Missiles
Sep 7 • 82 min
Andy & Scott are joined by Commander Scott Downey, USN, Retired, for what starts out as a discussion of current events and the run-off election but what ends up being a rather vulnerable conversation between a liberal and a conservative.
Ep. 50 | Sit-down with the Solicitor General
Aug 31 • 66 min
Did you know Oklahoma has a Solicitor General? (We didn’t.) Do you have any idea what they do? (We definitely didn’t.) Join us for an insightful conversation with Oklahoma’s Solicitor General, Mithun Mansinghani.
Bonus: State Superintendent Debate - GOP Primary Run-Off
Aug 25 • 77 min
Audio from the debate between Republican candidates for State Superintendent, Joy Hofmeister and Linda Murphy, recorded on Aug 24, 2018 at City Pres church in OKC.
Ep 49 | Labor Commissioner 101 with Leslie Osborn
Aug 23 • 42 min
We sit down with GOP candidate for Labor Commissioner and Oklahoma Representative Leslie Osborn to find out what, exactly, the position does in our state.
Ep. 48 | Words Have Meaning (with Daniela Busciglio)
Aug 16 • 71 min
We’re joined by academic linguist and political consultant Daniela Busciglio to discuss why words matter and how advocates can use science to help us get our point across more effectively.
Ep. 47 | Post-mortem with Senator AJ Griffin
Aug 10 • 76 min
Outgoing state senator AJ Griffin shares about her experience in the state legislature - the victories, the disappointments, why she’s leaving, and what comes next. There’s a short Pruitt Watch, and also - our mics didn’t work properly, so part of the…
Ep. 46 | You’re in charge while I’m gone
Aug 2 • 91 min
As the primary run-off nears, we’re joined by Republican candidates for Lt. Governor, Dana Murphy and Matt Pinnell, to discuss their perspectives on what that position actually does and their plan for it, should they be elected.
Ep. 45 | Carpathians, Kardashians, and Cardassians
Jul 30 • 71 min
We manage to give you a recap this week’s Oklahoma political news while also being distracted by Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and easily accessible barrier protection.
Ep 44 | Reefer Madness Continues plus an interview with the State Auditor (feat. Gary Jones)
Jul 20 • 70 min
We discuss the bizarre things that happened this week in Oklahoma’s medical marijuana saga, and then we speak with State Auditor Gary Jones to learn about the role of that position in our state government.
Ep 43: A doctor, a lawyer, and a therapist walk into a bar
Jul 14 • 59 min
Ep 43: “A doctor, a lawyer, and a therapist walk into a bar.” Scott (a doctor) and Andy (a therapist) have an unusually candid discussion about SQ788 (medical marijuana), ridiculous voter outrage, and how the issue is playing out in Oklahoma. The lawyer…
Ep 42 - Everybody gets a run-off
Jul 5 • 78 min
We recap the primary election and discuss the crazy high number of run-off elections, plus the final DC edition of “Pruitt Watch” and phone calls with Democratic nominee for Governor, Drew Edmondson, and Election Board PIO, Bryan Dean.
Ep. 41: Live Pod of the Primaries
Jun 27 • 109 min
Recorded live at Oak & Ore, we visit voters & candidates to get their experience and response to the elections. Featuring Kayla & Anna from Localities OKC, Amy Curran & crew from Generation Citizen, Brett Dickerson from OKC Free Press, JoBeth Hamon, Bo…
Ep. 40 - Fact-checking cannabis claims
Jun 21 • 47 min
We test out some new audio gear and help explain some of the nuances of SQ788 with a quick fact-check of some of the most notable claims about the proposed law and medical marijuana itself.
Ep. 39: Judging judges, plus political wine pairings! (with Nichole Gillett and Clayton Bahr)
Jun 16 • 91 min
Andy & Scott are joined by attorney (and LFT board president) Nichole Moisant Gillett and wine guru Clayton Bahr to help explain the judicial positions that are up for election this month and what wines pair best with politics. (Bonus: all of our spouses…
Ep. 38: GOP Labor Commissioner Debate (with Tres Savage)
Jun 11 • 71 min
Andy and Scott are joined by Tres Savage from NonDoc to recap the debate we held this week between Republican candidates for Labor Commissioner.
Ep. 37 | From 56th to 57th
Jun 1 • 61 min
Andy and Scott are back from vacation! We take a quick look back at the 56th Oklahoma Legislature, discuss Governor Fallin’s surprising vetoes of several bills, and give an update on the OSDH debacle. Then we lay out the plan ahead as we move into…
Ep. 36 | Bonus episode: From Walkout to What’s Next - Day 2 [Live]
May 25 • 118 min
The second of two special episodes from our “From Walkout to What’s Next?” events. This one was recorded live on April 23, 2018 at The Patriarch in Edmond, OK.
Ep. 35 | Bonus episode: From Walkout to What’s Next - Day 1 [Live]
May 18 • 109 min
The first of two special episodes from our “From Walkout to What’s Next?” events. This one was recorded live on April 22, 2018 and features guests Sabine Brown (Oklahoma Policy Institute) and Liz Waggoner (Oklahoma Women’s Coalition).
Ep. 34 | We Have a Winner!
May 11 • 32 min
Good news, Fixers - we have a winner to our 2018 Oklahoma Legislature Predict-o-Rama! And so, we take a quick look at what happened to the proposed legislation that was a part of the game and discuss what to expect from #LetsPodThis during the legislative…
Sine Dead
May 8 • 49 min
We finally - FINALLY - have an end to the 56th legislature…or do we? Regardless, we recap what happened during the last week of session, including three of the most contentious bills heard all session.
What would fully funded look like?
Apr 28 • 78 min
Intrepid local reporter Grant Hermes joins as special co-host to discuss the 2019 state budget. Grant also shares what he discovered when he called all state agencies to ask how much money they need to truly be “fully funded” and what that would actually…
A Whole Lot of Filing Going On
Apr 22 • 44 min
We discuss the record number of people filing to run for office, what may happen regarding a tax on wind energy production, and give our best guesses about what will happen over the last few weeks of session.
Walkout ends…so what’s next?
Apr 13 • 60 min
As the walkout winds down, we wonder “What’s Next?” for education advocates and the legislature. We discuss those questions and the record number of people who have filed to run for office.
The Walkout (with Scott Mitchell, teachers, and students)
Apr 6 • 59 min
Analysis of the first week of the teacher walkout. We visit with media personality Scott Mitchell, local teachers Josh Delozier and Amy Young, Generation Citizen’s Elizabeth Sidler, and four students from Edmond Memorial High School.
Buyer’s Remorse
Mar 29 • 40 min
The Oklahoma legislature raised taxes for the first time since 1990, but has already repealed some of the increases. We discuss how that all went down and what it means for the future, as well as the remaining potential for a teacher walk out.
Emergency Pod - OK House passed a tax increase
Mar 27 • 30 min
For the first time since 1990, the OK House of Representatives passed a revenue package by achieving the required 75% majority of votes. The package funds a pay raise for teachers and public employees, but not everyone is happy, and the future of the bill…
Education & Partisanship (with Senator Greg McCortney)
Mar 23 • 84 min
We discuss the HIV education bill and compare the various plans to increase education funding. We also chat with Oklahoma state Senator Greg McCortney about social media usage, education funding, partisanship, and his advice on how voters can engage with…
These books were made for walking
Mar 17 • 96 min
With a teacher walk-out looming on the horizon, we visited with several teachers to get their thoughts and feelings on the subject. Scott and guest co-host John Rorke also discuss the weekly run-down of OK Capitol news, including the announcement that…
Post-partisanship, co-ed dorms, and the end of special session.
Mar 6 • 64 min
Special sends draws to an end, giving way to the 2018 regular session bills, which include some good ones, bad ones, and downright odd ones. We also begin a discussion on post-partisanship in this highly partisan era.
Quick Fix: How to Vote.
Feb 21 • 11 min
A lot of people feel nervous the first time they go to vote. Where do you go? How do you fill out the ballot? What if you don’t understand all the questions or know who all the candidates are? In this, the second in our “Quick Fix” series, Scott explains…
Will you be my legislative valentine?
Feb 17 • 52 min
The debate (and fate) of the Step Up plan, more Health Department shenanigans, unlikely partisan team-ups, and some deliciously nerdy #oklegvalentines tweets.
Quick Fix: How to Register to Vote
Feb 8 • 6 min
First in our “Quick Fix” series, we give a quick, in-depth look at how to register to vote in Oklahoma.
State of the State (Live Recording)
Feb 8 • 35 min
Following Governor Fallin’s unusually brief State of State address, we visit with two voters (Nickolai & Courtney), a policy wonk (David Blatt), and a state representative (Marcus McEntire) to get a variety of responses to what the Governor had to say.…
Groundhog Day Predictions
Feb 2 • 40 min
We look for our shadows and cast our predictions for the upcoming State of the State address and legislative session. There’s also a discussion of “Friends” and Andy impersonates a woodland creature. Remember: on February 5th we’ll be recording at the…
Mark your calendars!
Feb 2 • 1 min
The 2018 Legislative session is upon us, and Let’s Fix This has a bunch of great events scheduled for this spring. Here’s a quick preview, and we hope to see you there.
2018 Bill Round-Up
Jan 28 • 58 min
From education to alcohol and from sunscreen to feral hogs, we discuss some of the most interesting bills filed for the 2018 legislative session. Special guests Hayley Jones of CCOSA and LFT board member Effie Craven join in on the fun.
More people are stepping up, but not necessarily to vote.
Jan 23 • 37 min
We discuss developments and implications of the proposed “Step Up Oklahoma” plan and take a look at the recently-released voter registration numbers. Oklahoma is losing voters!
Is the business community trying to step up?
Jan 12 • 39 min
Scott is back from holiday and getting caught up on the fact that the legislature is still in their second special session. We review the Step Up Oklahoma Coalition’s suggested plan for fixing the state and begin discussing two of the State Questions that…
New Leaders Council
Jan 5 • 25 min
While Scott is on holiday, Andy sits down with co-director of theOklahoma chapter of the New Leaders Council (NLC), Ashten Hughes, as well as an NLC Fellow (and friend of the pod), Anna Facci. We also announce the dates of our Capitol Days for this spring!
What Happened at the Health Department?
Dec 22, 2017 • 55 min
The Oklahoma State Dept of Health needed $30 million in order to make payroll last month. What the heck is going on over there? We analyze two weeks of testimony and break down a timeline presented this week by a former health department official.
Was Jesus a Democrat?
Dec 17, 2017 • 49 min
Part 2 of our series about the relationship of politics in community. We’re joined by biblical scholar and pastor Marty Michelson, to discuss another divisive topic - how Christianity fits in with politics and community.
How Politics Create and Divide Our Sense of Community, Part 1
Dec 8, 2017 • 37 min
Inspired by a recent of episode of “OnBeing with Krista Tippett,” Andy and Scott, along with special guest John Rorke, wrestle with the impact that politics can have on our sense of community.
Potpourri
Dec 1, 2017 • 59 min
In this catch-all episode, Scott and Andy discuss Governor Fallin’s Executive Orders, the plans announced by two gubernatorial candidates, Thanksgiving travel, and a few other things.
Emergency Pod: Fallin vetoed the budget!
Nov 19, 2017 • 38 min
We discuss the implications of (and responses to) Governor Fallin’s veto of the Plan B budget bill.
Veteran’s Day and a Really Bad Bill
Nov 16, 2017 • 71 min
We’re joined by US Army Specialist (and LFT board member) John Rorke and discuss the “cash & cuts” bills passed by the OK House this week.
SQ640 Strikes Again!
Nov 9, 2017 • 60 min
We break down the failed “Grand Bargain” revenue bill, why it failed, and what might happen next.
Small progress, small episode.
Nov 3, 2017 • 33 min
Seven weeks into Special Session, the legislature has finally passed one, small revenue measure. And we try to not talk about a representative calling public employees terrorists.
A Rally and a Plan
Oct 27, 2017 • 51 min
We discuss the Republican budget plan announced this week and hear from people attending the rally supporting mental health & substance abuse treatment.
Worst Case Scenario
Oct 20, 2017 • 50 min
We discuss the potentially devastating cuts to ODMHSAS and play the first round of “Will the Governor Veto?”
Merton, Norquist, and Bennett with the Good Hair
Oct 14, 2017 • 42 min
We discuss the budget deal the wasn’t, Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, and an interview with Rep. Forrest Bennett.
Taxation thru the eyes of an oil tycoon
Oct 6, 2017 • 55 min
Medicaid cuts, health department furloughs, and then an insightful discussion about taxation in the oil & gas industry and their role in fixing Oklahoma’s budget with Joe Warren of OEPA.
It’s an “Extraordinary” Session
Sep 29, 2017 • 49 min
We discuss what happened the first week of the special session, visit with some advocates at the Capitol, and talk with President of the LFT Board, Nichole Moisant Gillett.
Pre-Special Session with Scott Melson & Senator David Holt
Sep 23, 2017 • 47 min
Recap of what’s happened in #okleg since last episode, plus interviews with Let’s Fix This board member Scott Melson and state Senator David Holt.
Supreme Court fallout and Capitol Building Restoration
Sep 14, 2017 • 36 min
We chat with former state representative Joe Dorman regarding the state Supreme Court striking down the cigarette “fee” and discuss the massive State Capitol restoration with project manager Trait Thompson.
When is a tax called a fee?
Aug 22, 2017 • 51 min
Our first episode! We discuss the origins of Let’s Fix This and the Oklahoma Supreme Court cases surrounding the constitutionality of three revenue measures.