e-Newsletter
February 23, 2017
Contents:
  • New NPR investigative team
  • Legislative coverage hub
  • A jazz fact check?
  • Ticket giveaway

 

 

NPR News Team Covers Conflicts of Interest
Marilyn Geewax
Marilyn Geewax
(photo by Doby Photography)
The election of Donald J. Trump as president has ushered in somewhat uncharted waters in terms of ethics and conflicts of interest. In the past, wealthy presidents have taken steps to divest themselves or move their assets into a blind trust. But Trump has so far resisted such calls to distance himself from his business dealings.

NPR has created a new initiative to cover possible conflicts of interest in the Trump administration, tapping veteran business editor Marilyn Geewax to lead. The Conflicts Team has three full-time staffers and will utilize other NPR reporters as needed. Poynter interviewed Marilyn about the new project, at the link below.

Read the interview

ICYMI: Trump's Tweets, Annotated
Twitter bird logo
In case you missed it: President Trump tweets a lot, and uses the social media site Twitter like no president has before. With tens of millions of followers, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But Twitter's 140-character limit rarely allows for the full context. NPR reporters are continuously analyzing and fact checking, so you can read the latest and bookmark this page for ongoing reference.

Annotated tweets

Coverage of State Government Ramps Up
Oklahoma Capitol
Another fiscally challenging year is ahead for state government with another revenue failure announced for the current fiscal year and another huge funding shortfall expected for the next funding year. The 2017 state legislative session is in its first weeks and KGOU is working to cover the issues lawmakers are pushing forward. You can find all of our legislative coverage, including our weekly Capitol Insider segments, on our 2017 Legislative Session page.

Legislative session hub

Jazz Night Fact Check: La La Land's Jazz
scene from movie
With the movie La La Land up for several Academy Awards , Jazz Night in America explores its central contrast: how the glossy ideal and the grainy particulars play out among jazz musicians in Los Angeles. There are many opinions about what the film gets wrong and what it gets right. Jazz Night's Christian McBride put together a fact check video featuring Josh Nelson, an L.A. pianist and composer, who was almost Ryan Gosling's hand double in the movie.

Watch video

"And the Rusty Hubcap Goes To..."
old car
And speaking of the red carpet, public media organizations all across the country vie every year for the coveted Rusty Hubcap awards from Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services. Here's this year's Rusty winner for Oldest Vehicle Donated, a 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe, given to WCBE in Columbus, Ohio. Don't have anything that old? That's okay, we'll take it anyway! KGOU received a total of $29,500 in car donations this last fiscal year -- thank you, car donors!

Donate a car

Ticket Giveaway ~ National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Theodore Kuchar conducting
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine -- the most recorded orchestra of any former Soviet territory -- brings its brilliance, warmth, and expressive versatility to a program of Dvorak and Prokofiev pieces conducted by Theodore Kuchar (pictured). Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond presents this distinguished ensemble on Thursday, Mar. 9 and KGOU will give tickets away in a drawing next week.

Enter drawing

Congratulations to our winners!
In the previous issue, we gave away a pair of tickets to the Five Irish Tenors in concert at Armstrong Auditorium tomorrow night. Our lucky winner is Cathie -- enjoy the show!
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