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This Land Press

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This Land Press is a new voice from the middle of America. We produce award-winning content relevant to life and culture in the center of the USA.

Called "the New Yorker with balls" by Columbia Journalism Review, This Land Press is known for its innovative approach to narrative journalism. We offer a print publication, video programming, and a wide array of audio material. While most of our work is focused on our community in Northeastern Oklahoma, our stories are distributed to national audiences who are curious to hear thoughtful reporting from the nation's heartland.

For more information about us, visit our website at thislandpress.com

 

Pieces

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Jeff Martin, This Land’s fiction editor, tells us about the time he met Bob Dylan behind Cain’s Ballroom. Dylan’s fingernails left a lasting impres...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 01, 2014
  • Length: 07:40
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: George Birdwell deceased after Boley shooting, 1932, Credit: Courtesy Bob Birdwell
Jamie Birdwell-Branson looks into the legend of her great-great-grandfather, George Birdwell, who was Pretty Boy Floyd’s best friend and accomplice...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Aug 01, 2014
  • Length: 07:14
  • Purchases: 1
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Folklorist Guy Logsden discusses how Huntington's disease in the Guthrie family caused Woody to go out on his own at a young age. He highlights Woo...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2014
  • Length: 08:49
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Glossolalia is an act of speech common in pentecostal and charismatic christian worship. But it’s non-linguistic speech, which means it’s not spoke...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Biker Fox is an exercise guru, a nature enthusiast, and a public agitator. Here’s a look into his life.

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2014
  • Length: 16:31
  • Purchases: 1
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Little Joe Mclerran is a old-fashioned bluesman. He's only 30, but he dresses like someone in a black-and-white movie: top hat, tobacco pipe, and a...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 18, 2014
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 1
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Ron Padgett is a poet, translator, and memoirist from Tulsa. He left for New York in 1960 to find inspiration from poets like Allen Ginsberg and Fr...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 17:36
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In 1955, Emma "Grandma" Gatewood became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. She was 67 years old, and hiked the entire trail in a...

Bought by WDBM, WNPR, WABE, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WMPG and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 07:47
  • Purchases: 6
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Richard Higgs tells the story of his dog Max, who he lost on a shopping trip to Dallas.

  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 02:56
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Dr. Lewis Ziska is a plant ecologist at the United States Department of Agriculture. Ziska’s work examines the effects of carbon dioxide on plant g...

Bought by KGOU and KVSC


  • Added: May 01, 2014
  • Length: 27:54
  • Purchases: 2
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Blake Bailey writes biographies about writers. He’s written about John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson, and now he’s working on Philip ...

Bought by PRX Remix and KGOU


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 07:49
  • Purchases: 2
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In his prime, Dana Livingston’s father was an Oklahoma superhero. He lettered in four sports, drilled oil wells, and frequented country clubs with ...

Bought by KGOU


  • Added: Apr 17, 2014
  • Length: 06:22
  • Purchases: 1
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A look back at a very off-Broadway production of "Oklahoma!" Fiction by Laurie Notaro, read by Denali Gillaspie.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2014
  • Length: 05:12
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What do you call someone who breaks the law by crossing the border into the United States? An illegal? An alien? Jesús? In 1948, Woody Guthrie aske...

Bought by KGOU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 30, 2014
  • Length: 13:26
  • Purchases: 2
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Wanda Jackson talks about dating Elvis Presley and becoming the Queen of Rockabilly.

Bought by WSLR, KOSU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 26, 2014
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 3
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Janis Cramer’s grandmother wore polka dot dresses and chewed brown snuff tobacco. Here, Janis recalls her grandma’s dying wish: to feel sexy.

Bought by KGOU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 2
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A woman at the crossroads of Oklahoma highways imagines a new state song. Fiction by Aimee Bender, read by Denali Gillaspie.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2014
  • Length: 02:42
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The joy and heartbreak of bringing a jellyfish to Oklahoma.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KALW, KGOU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 27, 2014
  • Length: 09:47
  • Purchases: 4
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Singer-songwriter John Moreland talks about panic attacks, getting upstaged by midget wrestling, and opening for Jason Isbell. Plus, he sings his s...

Bought by KOSU, KGOU, and KOSU


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 08:08
  • Purchases: 3
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Porter Reed is one of two former Negro League baseball players still alive today in Oklahoma. Here, he talks about growing up in the sandlots of Mu...

Bought by KOSU


  • Added: Feb 20, 2014
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 1