March 26, 2020
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(NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli wears a mask and uses a long pole to maintain social distance when she goes out to do interviews in Italy.)
Reporting In a Time of COVID-19
Like other journalists around the country, many public radio reporters, including our StateImpact Oklahoma team, are working from home these days, turning kitchens and living rooms into impromptu news bureaus, and closets and blankets into recording studios. It’s not a new way of bringing our listeners the news, though. NPR’s international correspondents have been working from home for almost as long as the network has been around.

KGOU - Still Working to Serve You
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At KGOU, we're complying with social distancing rules: working from home when we can, staggering our shifts at the station so we're not in close physical proximity, and sanitizing, sanitizing, sanitizing... but we're still working to serve you. After all, you still need up-to-date, reliable information about the coronavirus pandemic and all the other news of the day.

We had planned to begin our on-air pledge drive this week, but have postponed that indefinitely. Interrupting programming right now doesn't feel like the best way to serve our listeners. But just as you still need news (and perhaps a respite from news in our other programs) KGOU still needs support from you to keep it all going. Many of you have already given a contribution; if you haven't yet, our online donation form is available 24/7. Thank you for helping to keep our community informed!
Special Programming Around Coronavirus Pandemic
Beginning this Sunday, KGOU will air a new special report Coronavirus - A Weekly Report From NPR News in the Sunday Radio Matinee time slot at 12 p.m. It's an hour-long look at the week's news related to the pandemic, hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

For now, KGOU is not carrying the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings live over the air. Important news from the briefings will be heard in the next available newscast. You can find live video of the briefings on our resources page on, along with links to helpful information for you, your family or your business.

Stay Connected
NPR Podcast: Coronavirus Daily
NPR has launched a daily, 10-minute podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Kelly McEvers from Embedded hosts, with episodes published in late afternoon on weekdays.

The New Normal
Newsletter - The New Normal
So much has changed in such a short time, and we're all feeling unmoored. NPR is offering an email newsletter, The New Normal, a daily news briefing on the coronavirus crisis, practical help for getting through whatever comes next, and little bits of joy.

New routine? Listen at home.
You might not be spending as much time in the car these days, but you can still listen to KGOU at home. If you don't have a radio, you can listen to our live audio stream on over the internet. And, if you have an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, or a Google Home, you have more options. Here are some of the most popular commands:
  • "Play KGOU" or "Play NPR"
  • "Play news from NPR"
  • "Play [podcast name]"
  • "Open the Wait Wait quiz" 

Get Cooking with The Splendid Table's Weeknight Kitchen
We’re all doing a lot more cooking at home these days. With that in mind, the crew at The Splendid Table are hard at work putting together recipes and ideas that help the home cook, and keep a time of forced captivity from resulting in humdrum meals . Their splendid podcast, Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark, offers tips and tricks -- and of course, recipes -- for those who don't want to spend all day or all night in the kitchen.

Note: In our last issue we told you about an upcoming lecture by Krista Tippett, host of On Being , in Norman next month. She regrets that she must cancel.
Ticket Giveaways
With widespread event cancellations, we have no ticket giveaways in this issue. Be safe and stay well!
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