e-Newsletter
February 8, 2018
Contents:
  • All games considered
  • It's journalism awards season
  • Program specials
  • Giveaways

 

Winter Olympics Open Tomorrow; Coverage Underway
man running and pushing skeleton sled
Photo by John Tully for NPR
With the opening ceremony tomorrow, the Winter Olympics begins in Pyeongchang, South Korea amidst allegations of doping, corruption and growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. NPR will have five journalists in South Korea documenting the Games, and you'll hear their coverage over the next few weeks on the air and online.

NPR's South Korea-based correspondent Elise Hu is already providing the latest news on preparation for the Games, including the politics involved, infrastructure, lagging ticket sales and local anticipation. Bill Chappell will be in Pyeongchang writing digital stories, along with veteran sports correspondent Tom Goldman and special correspondent Melissa Block. NPR is posting all coverage to its Olympic blog, The Torch:

The Torch

KGOU Wins Two Awards from Broadcasters' Group
Awards season gets underway with two wins for KGOU in the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters' annual contest. Work done by News Director Jacob McCleland and student news assistant Storme Jones took honors in the metro radio division. See their winning news reports:

Awards list
Sunday Radio Matinee: 'The Invention of Race'
The Monument of Discoveries in Lisbon
The Monument of Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring the inventor of race.
In the ancient world there was no notion of race, according to historians. In this one-hour special, host and reporter John Biewen tells how the construct of race came to be, and it's a story that names names: the Portuguese writer who invented blackness, and therefore whiteness, in the 1450s; the enlightenment scientist who coined the word "caucasian"; the black runaway indentured servant in 17th century Virginia whose capture marked the first official sanctioning of slavery in colonial America.  Tune in for The Invention of Race, Sunday, Feb. 11 at 12 noon.

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New Jazz Night Video: 'The World That I'm In'
frame from animated video
Some experiences stick with you. They cry out for reflection, for the transfigurative potential of an artistic response. That was the case for drummer and bandleader Mike Reed, after his harrowing encounter with white supremacists in 2009. He recounts that flare of racial tension -- which hasn't lost any of its relevance in the years since -- for Jazz Night In America. Watch his short video and more in the Jazz Night archives (Note - language advisory):

Jazz Night videos

Ticket Giveaway ~ Dublin Irish Dance at Armstrong Auditorium
couple dancing
A company of Irish step dancers accompanied by an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalist, Dublin Irish Dance brings a celebration of the Emerald Isle and Celtic traditions to Edmond's Armstrong Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 20. We've got tickets to give away in a random drawing. Video preview

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Ticket Giveaway ~ Cirque √Čloize Presents 'Saloon' at OCCC
acrobats in saloon attire
The old west comes to life in Cirque √Čloize's Saloon, as folk music and strains of fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that begins at the iconic saloon swinging doors. Oklahoma City Community College brings this circus troupe -- dubbed "Cirque du Soleil's hipper, sexier cousin" -- to the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on Thursday, Feb. 22. We'll give pairs of tickets away in a random drawing.

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Congratulations to our winners!
In our last issue we gave away tickets to OU Theatre's Feb. 17 performance of the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It to our winners Jim and David. Enjoy the show!

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