August 22, 2019
  • Reporting from Iran
  • Focus on education
  • Salad recipes
  • Giveaways
Sunrise over Iran. More photos: @nprinskeep
Morning Edition Live From Iran
Morning Edition ’s Steve Inskeep is in Iran this week getting the Iranian perspective on tensions with the U.S. and how the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign is affecting that country. In tomorrow's final installment, Steve explores the question of whether Iranian citizens blame the U.S. for the discord between the two countries. If you missed any of this series, you can listen from the archives:

Fundraising Update: Fiscal Year-end 2019
We're still finalizing the figures and double-checking our records, but we can now give a high altitude report on KGOU's fundraising efforts for the fiscal year that ended June 30. These figures are for gifts from individuals and don't include underwriting from local businesses, another category of private support.

Contributions from individual listeners have been generally flat over the last three years. Monetary donations and the proceeds from donated vehicles totaled just over $550,000, a decrease of about one percent from the previous fiscal year. Monetary gifts actually increased about two and a half percent, but were offset by a drop in vehicle donation revenue, which can vary greatly from year to year. We'll have more details following our annual financial audit coming up in December.

Support from KGOU's community of listeners is vital to our ability to bring you the quality of programming that you count on. Programming costs -- and all costs -- go up incrementally each year, and listener support helps us keep pace. If you contributed to the station's success in FY19, thank you! Every gift -- your gift -- matters.
APM Reports: Back to School
As a new school year begins, KGOU's Sunday Radio Matinee will feature APM Reports documentaries about education. Over the next three weeks you'll hear in-depth explorations on how colleges and universities are using predictive analytics to boost graduation rates; how unstable housing situations can affect school performance and how to help students overcome their circumstances; and what's wrong with how schools teach reading. Tune in Sundays at 12 p.m.

A Long Weekend Full of Jazz
Take a break from your labors -- highlights from this summer's Jazz in June festival in Norman make the perfect backdrop for one last long summer weekend. It's the next-best thing to being there at the live music festival, with the best of sets from Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Funky Knuckles, and more. Tune in Sunday, Sept. 1 from 1 - 5 p.m.

Recipes: Salads for Light Summer Eating
When the temperatures top 100 degrees, who feels like heating up the kitchen? Here & Now 's resident chef Kathy Gunst has some main-course salad recipes, like this one for grilled steak salad with blue cheese, tomatoes, and greens, that you can customize to your own tastes.

NPR Books' Reader Poll: 100 Best LOLs
Whether it’s the dog days of summer that are getting you down or something else entirely, we know you could use a laugh right now. The results of NPR Books' 2019 Summer Reader Poll are in — with more than 7,000 submissions and the help of a panel of expert judges, editors created a list of 100 reads designed to make you laugh out loud.

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From YouTube video of "76 Unknowns"
Don't Miss The Capitol Steps!
While you can have a good laugh and avoid politics altogether, why not laugh at the expense of the newsmakers themselves! There are still good seats left to see The Capitol Steps live at Oklahoma City Community College this Saturday night. Don't miss out on the Steps' satirical, witty take on the headlines of today!

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Lyric Theatre - Frost/Nixon
Lyric Theatre presents Frost/Nixon , a dramatization of David Frost’s 1977 landmark interviews of former President Richard Nixon, in which what happens behind the television cameras is just as engaging as what happened onscreen. Enter our drawing for your chance to win a pair of tickets to your choice of performances, Sept. 4 - 22.

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Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home
The legendary country singer's latest album from Sony Legacy, Ride Me Back Home, is vigorous and upbeat even though the lyrics are about the passage of time and aging. That's according to critic Ken Tucker on Fresh Air recently. We've got copies on CD to give away in a random drawing:

Congratulations to Our Winners
In our last issue we gave away tickets to see the Capitol Steps live at OCCC Saturday night to winners Harold, Paula, and Charlotte; we also gave tickets to the Kimbell Art Museum's new exhibition Monet: The Late Years to our lucky winner Heather. Congratulations!
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