We discuss the new book by Sam Anderson, staff writer for New York Times Magazine, titled Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis.

We are joined by Ed Kelley, dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also has served as editor of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and The Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City. He has held a variety of other news positions in his career, including that of Washington bureau chief, managing editor and editorial page editor. He was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman‘s coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Show Notes

Surreal grandeur belies band’s origins (Oklahoman, 2007)

Oklahoma City, the Ultimate ‘Boom Town,’ Rendered Vivid and Surreal (New York Times)

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