Episodes

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: 'We are champions at podcast'

May 24, 2022

After an extended hiatus, the newsroom returns to the studio – due to a honeymoon and staff vacations – with a national storytelling award. They also share the stories they wrote in the new Stillwater Oklahoma Magazine publi…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Responsibility in reporting; weighing public harm vs public good

April 5, 2022

Local News: Bird Flu in Payne County, not an April fools joke. It’s election day in Stillwater, will voters approve a $9 million bond for a new fire station? Going deep : Beau and the newsroom discuss how local news can ofte…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Fire Station Bond proposal with Terry Essary and Becky Taylor

March 29, 2022

On April 5th, Stillwater voters will decide on a bond proposal to relocate fire station #2 and build a modern facility for $9 million. Michelle and Chris sit down with Stillwater Fire Chief, Terry Essary, and City of Stillwa…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Howdy from The Mid South; Spongebob, bikes and schoolhouse rock

March 22, 2022

In this week’s episode, the newsroom discusses how Ashlynd has main character syndrome. SpongeBob Squarepants throw the team in a time loop for Michelle to save them so Chris’ family can share their experience at The Mid Sou…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Local events making a big comeback

March 8, 2022

After almost a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Stillwater events are making their way back on the calendar. Chris shares details about this year's Mid South gravel bike race and expo. Michelle and beau share their favor…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Localizing global events; Sorting fact from fiction

March 1, 2022

In this week's episode, the newsroom debates appropriate and inappropriate uses of exclamation points, periods, and thumbs-up emojis! 👍. Michelle begins to dive into a story on local employment and challenges the City of Sti…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Certified recycling baddies

Feb. 22, 2022

Certified baddies – except Chris – return to the studio to discuss the recent municipal election, the upcoming bond vote for a new fire station and recycling woes in Stillwater. Ashlynd also shares her story on Stillwater’s …

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Visitor Tax proposal with Cristy Morrison and Chris Norris

Feb. 4, 2022

Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State University, is inherently a destination town. Every year visitors make a significant impact on the city’s economy. Cristy Morrison and Chris Norris of Visit Stillwater join Chris and Michel…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Transportation Sales Tax proposal with Becky and Norman

Feb. 2, 2022

Everyone in Stillwater agrees, many of our streets and roads are terrible. On Feb. 8 voters will have a proposition on their ballot to increase the dedicated transportation sales tax from a half-cent to a whole cent. To get …

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: faith and civics with Marc Trotter and Will Joyce

Feb. 1, 2022

In this episode, Chris and Michelle sit down with Stillwater mayoral candidates Marc Trotter and Will Joyce. We learn what music they have recently listened to, how their faith impacts their call to public service and decisi…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Will Joyce – Part Three

Jan. 29, 2022

Recorded Jan. 10 In part three of our conversation with Will, we get into the details of how Stillwater’s Council/City manager form of government works, the challenges of state law on the local level and why he wants to be r…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Marc Trotter – Part Three

Jan. 29, 2022

Recorded Jan. 7, 2022 In part three of our conversation with Marc Trotter, we learn about his foundational principles that form his view on the proper role of government. His belief is that we are “a country of kings.” Marc …

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Will Joyce – Part Two

Jan. 26, 2022

Recorded Jan. 10, 2022 ***Spoiler alert*** Multiple films and books are discussed in this episode. From Jack Reacher to Frozen, to STILLWATER. In part two Michelle and Chris learn what books Will enjoys reading and how his s…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Marc Trotter – Part Two

Jan. 26, 2022

Recorded Jan. 7, 2022 In part two Chris and Michelle learn about Marc’s career as a lighting designer, the insight he has received from personality tests and his experience running a campaign to recall Stillwater’s City Coun…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Will Joyce – Part One

Jan. 24, 2022

Recorded Jan. 10, 2022 This episode is part one of a three-part interview with Will Joyce. He is running for re-election as the Mayor of Stillwater, Oklahoma. In this first segment hosts, Michelle Charles and Chris Peters ge…

Grassroots: Growing Civic Engagement

Grassroots: Mayoral candidate Marc Trotter – Part One

Jan. 24, 2022

Recorded Jan. 7, 2022 ***Spoiler Alert*** If you haven’t seen BEE Movie we discuss the overall plot and story of the animated film starring Jerry Seinfield. This episode is part one of a three-part interview with Marc Trotte…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Respecting cultural differences – Afghan resettlement in Stillwater, Part two

Jan. 11, 2022

In part two of the series, we hear the rest of Michelle’s interview with Salman Rafique, an OSU student from Pakistan. Salman is a volunteer helping Afghan refugees resettle in Stillwater. Salman and Michelle discuss cultura…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Welcoming our Allies – Afghan resettlement in Stillwater, Part one

Dec. 31, 2021

In this special series, the Newsroom listens to Michelle’s interview with Salman Rafique, an OSU student from Pakistan. He has been volunteering with the resettlement of our allies from Afghanistan. Hearing Salman’s own expe…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Stickers, Workiversarys, post COVID, Slurpees and Boyd

Dec. 30, 2021

Want a free Studio Stillwater sticker? Join our gift exchange: https://www.subscribepage.com/studiostillwatersticker In the final episode of 2021, the Newsroom discusses workiversaries, post COVID times, 7-Eleven coming to t…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Decoding reporter speak

Dec. 14, 2021

Back in the studio after a short hiatus, the newsroom chats about the big news on Block 34 development, law enforcement purposely getting people drunk and the upcoming local election season. You’ll also get to hear an exampl…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: A thankful newsroom

Nov. 23, 2021

In this week’s episode, the newsroom discusses the topics of the week and ends the show sharing what they are most thankful for this year. Articles discussed on the show: Candlelight vigil held for National Runaway Preventio…

In The Newsroom

In the Newsroom: Statues, memes, hashtags and outrage

Nov. 16, 2021

In this episode, Beau returns to the helm of the podcast and learns Ashlynd's meme knowledge causes her to think of a Senator from Vermont instead of the OSU's legendary running back. Ashlynd and Michelle get to ride in the …

In The Newsroom

Talking OSU men's basketball with Hallie Hart

Nov. 9, 2021

News Press sports journalist Hallie Hart joins the newsroom to talk about the NCAA’s postseason ban on the OSU men’s basketball team. Michelle sits on the moderator spot as Beau takes a vacation. Chris and Ashlynd share stor…

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Social media’s impact on our youth with Destinee Adams

Oct. 29, 2021

In this special episode, the Newsroom welcomes former News Press intern Destinee Adams to the studio. Destinee recently co-authored an article for TIME with Zamaan Qureshi titled, 'Instagram is doing grave harm to our genera…