July 12, 2018
  • Capitol Steps in OKC!
  • Talking elections in Norman
  • What makes a song an anthem?
  • CD giveaway


Join Us For Election Discussion
Oklahoma Engaged
All who aspire to be informed voters are invited to join KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma reporters for an informal get-together tomorrow evening in Norman. We'll be talking about our Oklahoma Engaged project and discussing your questions and comments about the upcoming elections.

Join us at The Mercury, 426 E. Main in Norman, beginning at 6 p.m. with music by Mike Hosty and oklahoma political discussion at 7 p.m. If you're downtown for the 2nd Friday Artwalk tomorrow evening, stop by! Refreshments will be available for purchase from That Pie Truck and Span Devu. Bring your questions and comments!

The Capitol Steps Return Aug. 23
US Capitol dome crawling with actors
The Capitol Steps are stopping in Oklahoma City Aug. 23 on their "Make America Grin Again" charm offensive. Oklahoma City Community College is partnering with KGOU to bring the Steps back with an all-new musical revue parodying news events on both sides of the aisle. Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, July 16, at this link:

NPR News Series: HEAT
sun beats down on Arizona city
Phoenix broils under late afternoon sun
Heat waves are happening more frequently, and average nighttime temperatures are rising even faster than daytime. NPR and local stations are working together to explore what happens when people, animals and plants can't cool down in a summer series, HEAT. Listen next Monday morning, July 16 for the next scheduled report from NPR's Science Desk on heat's effects on the human body and specifically, the brain. The series will continue through the summer on the newsmagazine shows.

Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII
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AP photo
Just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry into "relocation" camps, where they were imprisoned for the length of the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

APM Reports brings us some of their stories in a 3-part series of specials which KGOU will air as our Sunday Radio Matinee over the next three weeks. Actors Pat Suzuki and Sab Shimono -- both incarcerated in a camp as children -- serve as hosts, sharing personal narratives, archival audio and historical context. Tune in Sundays at 12 noon through the end of the month.

What's Your Favorite American Anthem?
man sings in front of flag
What elevates a mere song to the status of anthem is its ability to tap into the collective emotions that listeners and performers have around an issue, whether it's joyful patriotism or rage over injustice.

The stories behind these musical manifestos -- why they are written and how they are embraced -- can reveal much about the cultural pulse of the societies that create, share and celebrate them. Over the next year NPR will zero in on 50 different anthems across a range of themes: patriotic, civil rights, anti-war, female empowerment, sports, mental health and more, in a series named American Anthem. And we want your input too:

CD Giveaway ~ Sinatra: Standing Room Only
Frank Sinatra with microphone
This new 3-CD set from Universal Music features Old Blue Eyes performing his biggest hits live in rare and previously unreleased concert recordings during the '60s, '70s and '80s. You'll feel like you have a front-row seat -- enter our drawing for a chance to win.

Congratulations to our winner!
In our last issue we gave away admission to Opolis in Norman to hear NPR Tiny Desk Contest champ Fantastic Negrito -- our winner was Jeanette!

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