Each Monday in October from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. KGOU features Oklahoma Engaged LIVE: Voice of the Voter hosted by KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor and Managing Editor Logan Layden. The program focuses on what’s motivating voters to get to the polls this fall. Episode 1 from October 5th includes a discussion with KGOU reporter Katelyn Howard about the impact of fear and anxiety on voters. It’s a particularly relevant discussion for 2020.
Following Katelyn and Logan’s talk, Dick Pryor welcomed Dr. Christine Pappas, Chair and Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies in the Department of Law, Politics and Society East Central University. Their discussion focused on the mechanics of the 2020 election, given COVID-19-related disruptions, and some of the unique factors influencing this year’s vote.
Finally, the entire group came together to take listener calls and answer questions submitted via social media and email. Once again, voter anxiety was the prominent subject, as listeners wonder what the political landscape after November 3rd will look like.
Oklahoma Engaged is an election project by NPR member stations in Oklahoma supported by the Inasmuch Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, and Oklahoma Humanities. Find more at oklahomaengaged.com.