April 23, 2020
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Staying Connected at a Safe Distance
Every one of us is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the societal changes of personal isolation, and the economic fallout of closed businesses. We've told you a bit about how we're adjusting, working from home but still delivering news and information to you. Now we'd like to hear from you -- How are you dealing with the changes brought about by COVID-19? Tell us which changes affect you most and how you’re coping. Hearing the challenges others are dealing with flexes our empathy muscles and reminds us of our interconnectedness.

NPR Series: Our Daily Breather
We all occasionally need a break from the news, and bad news especially. NPR has an online series, Our Daily Breather, showcasing what some very creative people are doing with their downtime these days. From making art to reading to listening to podcasts (Krista Tippett's On Being was mentioned) to cooking comfort food and catching up on projects, their ideas might inspire you to take a breather too.

Singer Margo Price has been making pillow forts and dancing with her kids.
KGOU Spring Fundraising Update
Donations have been coming in steadily to KGOU, online and through the mail. We appreciate all of the donors who have continued to support public radio in this time of great uncertainty-- thank you to our sustainers, our annual contributors, and to the local businesses who help us continue our mission to provide you with the news and information you need, and also some relief from the onslaught.

Included in that list are donors who have given--in amounts small and large--specifically for the purpose of encouraging others to join in supporting KGOU. Collectively they have promised more than $30,000 to match donations this spring.

KGOU will participate in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, a global effort to raise funds for nonprofits doing so much good work in a time of great need. If you are able, this is a great time to support KGOU's comittment to fearless reporting and inspiring entertainment, and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Stay tuned for updates, and thank you for your support!
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Illustration by Hoi Chan (All rights reserved)
On Being : Finding Ease in Aloneness
One of the great challenges of life is to learn to be alone peaceably, at home in oneself. And now, by way of a virus, we have been sent inside physically and emotionally to work out the difference between isolation and loneliness or solitude. On tonight's On Being , host Krista Tippett interviews Buddhist writer and scholar Stephen Batchelor about how to approach solitude as a graceful and life-giving practice. Listen now or tune in tonight at 8 p.m.

NPR Names New Public Editor
NPR has named a distinguished media ethicist as its sixth public editor. Kelly McBride, director of the Poynter Institute's media ethics center, will fill NPR's newsroom watchdog role at a time when many other major news outlets have abandoned the position of public editor, or ombudsman . She discusses three big things NPR should undertake in its news coverage in her first weekly column:

Just for fun...
Show Your Public Radio Love with Zoom Backgrounds
Maybe you've always wanted to anchor an NPR newscast, or perform at The Tiny Desk. Well, here's the next-best thing. Choose from 10 NPR-themed virtual backgrounds for your next Zoom video meeting, and work from home in style! Download the file, open Zoom, and select the image using the "Virtual Backgrounds" option.

Stay safe and be well.
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