May 7, 2020
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This American Life Wins Pulitzer Prize
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The Pulitzer Prize Board handed out its first audio award ever in the more than 100-year history of the prestigious journalism award. And the winner was This American Life , for an episode on immigrants waiting, in horrific circumstances, for their asylum applications to be processed. Host Ira Glass included the episode, which originally aired last November, in his collection of 48 favorite episodes, saying it's one that makes him proud.

#GivingTuesdayNow Update: Almost to the Goal
KGOU is forgoing its traditional spring fundraising drive, but we participated in the global day of giving in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Giving Tuesday Now. With $40,000 in matching funds to encourage donations, we now have less than $3000 left to match new, rejoining and renewing gifts dollar for dollar.

Donors have additional impact through our partnership with the law firm of Phillips Murrah in Oklahoma City, which pledged $10 in funding to OU Medicine for protective gear for medical personnel for each of the first 300 donations to KGOU. As of this writing, 279 donors have contributed for this campaign.

Thank you -- to all those who have contributed: new and renewing members, matching fund donors, our sustainers who help to smooth out the ups and downs, and Phillips Murrah. You all help to ensure that KGOU can meet obligations at the end of our fiscal year next month, and to prepare for whatever the future holds.

NPR Reduces Salaries and Benefits To Cut Costs
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NPR and its employee union have reached agreement to temporarily reduce employee compensation in response to a projected budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. NPR CEO John Lansing voluntarily reduced his pay by 25 percent for the remainder of the network's fiscal year, which ends in September. Other executives will take 10-15 percent cuts and a sliding scale will be applied to lower level employees, for a maximum cut of nine percent. Under the union agreement, optional furloughs will also be offered for those willing to take time off without pay. The cuts were necessitated by a drop in NPR's income from underwriters. Stay tuned for more information as the financial climate evolves.

1A Announces New Host
After a comprehensive search, WAMU has announced the new permanent host for morning talk show 1A . Jenn White, currently host of WBEZ's midday talk program, Reset with Jenn White , will take the host chair for 1A on July 6. Listeners might also recognize her as host of the critically-acclaimed podcasts, Making Oprah , Making Obama and 16 Shots .

Jenn White
Two young women
Katelyn, Taitum (l-r above) and Drew (below)
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An Unusual Sendoff for KGOU Students
With the end of OU's academic year, KGOU is sending another crop of student broadcasters into the world. All three of our part-time student employees -- Katelyn Howard, Taitum Wilson and Drew Hutchinson -- are graduating and moving on to their next endeavors.

We're also saying farewell to our students enrolled in practicum classes through the Gaylord College of Journalism: Harry Lofton, Emmy Wildermuth, Lennon Bramlett and Jordan Gledhill. Since Spring Break they've all been working from home.

We wish them all the very best, and as it's not unusual for former students to pop in occasionally, when the world reopens we hope to see them again in person!

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Wait, Wait... Live Q&A on IG
Ever thought about grilling Peter Sagal like he does the panelists? Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! is now offering that opportunity live on Instagram, where Peter will be answering the questions, for once. Follow the show to find out when Peter will again be live on your smartphones, and to submit your questions about... well, anything.


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