February 6, 2020
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Adventures in Iowa: NPR Covered the Caucuses With An Extended Stay
NPR correspondents, Morning Edition hosts, producers, directors and editors were well prepared for a visit to Iowa to cover the first contest of the 2020 presidential election -- but they didn't expect to have to stay so long.

In the lead-up to the big night, NPR’s staff were hard at work. The Politics team followed the Democratic presidential candidates around the state as the candidates made their final arguments to Iowa voters. Meanwhile, the Up First and Morning Edition team produced live shows from the Smokey Row coffee shop in Des Moines, with a sizable audience showing up despite the early hour -- 3:30 a.m.

Having to make adjustments in the moment is an almost-daily reality for news organizations. Through all the events, expectations and disappointments up to the current vote totals updated just last night, NPR chronicled all the happenings in a live blog:

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Farewell to StateImpact's Jackie Fortier
StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortier is moving on, after providing more than two years of reporting for KGOU and our partner stations. She covered many health-related stories, from rural hospital closures and Medicaid expansion, to medical marijuana, to the opioid crisis. Jackie is the new health reporter at KPCC, the public radio station in Pasadena, California. Thank you, Jackie, and best wishes.

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Sunday Radio Matinee :
Discussion On Iran-U.S. Conflict
The University of Oklahoma's Center for Middle East Studies recently presented a discussion titled Iran-U.S. Conflict: What's Next for the Region? Featured speaker was Trita Parsi, Executive Director at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and instructor at Georgetown University. The discussion was led by Samer Shehata, OU Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, and Joshua Landis, Director of the OU Center for Middle East Studies. KGOU airs highlights as our Sunday Radio Matinee on Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.
Tiny Desk Contest 2020 Opens
Over the past five years, nearly 30,000 musicians from across all 50 states have submitted their videos to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, NPR Music's signature music discovery series. Now, NPR is once again calling for unsigned bands and musicians to submit their entries starting Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. ET and closing at midnight ET on Monday, March 30. The winner will perform at the Tiny Desk at NPR's Washington, D.C. offices and embark on a national tour.

Just for Fun: Bad News Never Sounded So Good
A listener had this idea that he shared on Twitter : how about an app that delivers all bad news, personal and professional, in the reassuring voice of Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. Steve was game!
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On A Snowy Day...
KGOU on-air hosts don't get snow days, even when the university closes for inclement weather. Afternoon host Richard Bassett was in the studio with live news, weather and traffic updates yesterday -- but he also had to put in some time up on the roof clearing off the satellite receiver so NPR programs could come through clearly. (Photo by Jim Johnson)
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Ticket Giveaways
OU Theatre: Blood Wedding
Federico Lorca’s passionate tragedy Blood Wedding , set in southern Spain, portrays the heated rivalry of two families, and the rivalry of two men for a woman's hand in marriage. OU Theatre presents this adult-themed drama this weekend and next weekend at the Rupel J. Jones Fine Arts Center. We're giving away pairs of tickets for winners' choice of performances.

OKC Ballet: Romeo & Juliet
Robert Mills’ Romeo & Juliet returns to the Civic Center with Prokofiev’s lush, romantic score played by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. The Oklahoma City Ballet sweeps you into the world of the star-crossed lovers and their tragic romance . We're giving away pairs of tickets to the matinee performance on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Congratulations to Our Winners
In our last issue we gave away tickets to Ballet Folcl ó rico Nacional de Mexico at Armstrong Auditorium to our winner Rita; we gave away tickets to The Choir of Man at OCCC to winners Barry, David, and Mary; and, we gave away tickets to OKC Broadway's Come From Away to our winner Terri. Congratulations to all!
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