October 8, 2020
Special Program: Senate Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee
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The news is very fluid right now, changing by the minute and very difficult to schedule with any certainty. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold hearings for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court beginning Monday, Oct. 12. If those hearings go forward, NPR News and KGOU will offer special coverage. Likewise, if the remaining two presidential debates go on as planned, we'll bring you those as well. Stay tuned!

Get In Shape To Vote with Engaged Voter Email Series
With reports of a hundred thousand new Oklahoma voter registrations in recent months, it's looking like turnout will be big for this year's General Election. How confident are you in knowing all the ins and outs of voting this year? Make your vote count with KGOU's Engaged Voter email series -- five emails to point you in the direction of accurate voting information and resources. At the end, you can take a self-assessment and get our Oklahoma Engaged campaign-style button. Share with any new or inexperienced voters you know and get ready to mark your ballot:

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Managing Editor Logan Layden at the helm for the first live broadcast on Oct. 5, talking to reporter Katelyn Howard (on screen).
'Oklahoma Engaged Live: Voice of the Voter' Airs Mondays at 1 p.m.
KGOU is convening a series of virtual public forums on the upcoming election, titled Oklahoma Engaged Live: Voice of the Voter. Every Monday in October KGOU's Logan Layden and Dick Pryor will be talking with experts and with listeners about such topics as election security and processes, polling, expected turnout, and statewide campaigns and other issues. Listen to the archived series debut from this last Monday, and send in your questions or comments for next Monday's program, featuring Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary:

George Crooks, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has had several interactions with police, but says without officers forcing him to get help, he might not.
StateImpact Oklahoma and Oklahoma Watch Collaborate
More than 50 times a day, Oklahoma City police respond to a mental health crisis, although they might not know it at the time they're dispatched. And fewer than 14 percent of officers have specialized training for handling people who are mentally ill. Reporters Quinton Chandler of StateImpact Oklahoma and Oklahoma Watch's Whitney Bryen collaborated for a special multimedia report supported by a grant from the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair (N.J.) State. Listen/read/watch at StateImpact's website:

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New Podcast: Louder Than A Riot
Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. NPR Music launches a new podcast today, Louder Than A Riot, tracing the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration in America. Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, each episode explores one artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America.

David Greene To Leave NPR
After eight years of working different reporting beats and another eight years as host of Morning Edition, David Greene is stepping back from hosting to focus on other projects. In what he calls the hardest decision in his career, David will be leaving NPR at the end of this year.

SciFri Book Club Reads Sci-fi Collection by Authors of Color
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A planet inhabited by parasitic life forms that turn human settlers into demonic figures. An aging woman who just wants to live in peace in a “dumb house” with no technological upgrades. A woman who starts to experience the presence of otherworldly visitors. A taxi driver who takes tourists from other planets on rides far above the New York City skyline. These are stories in the collection New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction By People Of Color, this fall’s Science Friday Book Club pick. Over the next few weeks, host Ira Flatow and guests will talk about stories from the book, Fridays beginning at 1 p.m. on KGOU.

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