December 6, 2018
  • New episode of How Curious
  • NPR CEO to step aside
  • Cookie recipes
  • Gift giving help


How Curious: Why does Oklahoma have so many school districts?
How Curious
Oklahoma has more than 500 school districts. That's up to three times the number of districts in states with similar populations. It's a timely topic of debate between those looking to save the state some money in administrative costs, and those who favor local control. So how did Oklahoma end up with so many? KGOU's Claire Donnelly learns the answer on the next episode of How Curious, on Monday, Dec. 10. Listen during the newsmagazines, look for the story on kgou.org, or find the episode in your favorite podcasting app, now including Spotify.

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn Announces New Role and $10M Gift
photo by Stephen Voss
NPR's chief executive, Jarl Mohn, announced this week that he will step aside next June at the end of his five-year term. At that time he will take on a newly created position leading a new fundraising drive ahead of NPR's 50th anniversary in 2020. Mohn announced that he and his wife, Pamela, will contribute $10 million toward the effort.

Mohn arrived at NPR in 2014 with decades of experience as a broadcast executive and digital media investor, with stints at MTV, VH1, and E! cable networks. His tenure has been marked by significant growth in NPR's radio and digital audiences, along with notable financial gains and some controversy.

Book Gift Guide: The 2018 Book Concierge
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The NPR Book Concierge is back with more than 300 books, hand-picked (and vigorously debated) by editors and critics. The Concierge can help you select just the right book for you or someone you know, with easy-to-use search tags to find Book Club Ideas, Eye-Opening Reads, Historical Fiction, Staff Picks and so much more. Making the list of 300 is Boom Town, Sam Anderson's book about Oklahoma City, and an interview with the author by KGOU's Claire Donnelly.

Music Gift Guide: NPR Music's Best Albums and Songs of 2018
Best albums of 2018
Even in an era in which music listeners have been primed for the unexpected, the best music of 2018 is full of surprises: a cascade of discoveries, revelations and artistic rebirths. NPR Music queried staffers across the public radio spectrum to arrive at a stellar list of musical accomplishment perfect for gift-giving. Listen to tracks from the top 50 albums and top 100 songs at this link:

5 Recipes For Your Holiday Cookie Swap
plate of cookies
Part of the appeal of holiday gatherings -- especially those where everyone brings something -- is in trying new dishes. Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst brings three of her favorite recipes and H&N staff bring two more. These recipes for festive cookies and candy might be new to you, or a twist on the tried-and-true. Hint: they also make great gifts!

Ticket Giveaway ~ Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas at OCCC
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Jim Brickman, hit-making songwriter with 32 Top 20 radio singles, brings his distinctive piano style to Oklahoma City Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center next Tuesday, Dec. 11. We're giving away tickets in a random drawing; get your entry in for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our previous issue we gave away a pair of tickets to Bach Collegium Japan at Armstrong Auditorium earlier this week -- our winner was Harry. We also gave tickets to Canterbury Voices' Christmas concert last Sunday to winners Louis and Nico.
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