August 9, 2018
  • Morning ch-ch-ch-changes
  • Jad Abumrad at OK Humanities event
  • Debate: social media's effect on democracy
  • Dream a giveaway dream


Morning Edition Makes Minor Changes to Program 'Clock'
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New hourly "clock" showing newscast times in black

Morning Edition listeners might notice a few changes starting Monday, Aug. 13. The show's hourly 'clock' -- the order and length of elements such as newscasts, features and breaks -- will be changing slightly, in order to bring more depth to the interview segments, news stories and features that NPR brings you every morning.

The most obvious change will be in the placement of the national newscasts, moving from 20 and 40 minutes after the hour to the half-hour. This will mean other elements you're used to hearing at 30 minutes after the hour -- such as StarDate or the BBC Topline features -- will move to 42 minutes after the hour.

If you're the kind of listener who can tell the exact time based on what you're hearing on the air, you'll notice the changes, minor as they are. We hope you'll find it a change for the better, but we're always open to providing your feedback to NPR.

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad Headlines Curiosity Fest
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Jad Abumrad
Jad Abumrad, founding producer and host of Radiolab, will be the featured speaker at Curiosity Fest, Oklahoma Humanities' one-day event designed to bring humanities scholarship to the public in fun, vibrant, interactive ways. The festival will be held at the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City on Saturday, Oct. 20, with Jad speaking at 8 p.m. that evening about his show, innovation in storytelling, and the risks and rewards of creativity.

Welcome Richard Bassett to Full-Time Position at KGOU
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Richard Bassett
You've probably heard Richard Bassett on the air with events in our Community Calendar announcements. He's been our part-time Calendar Producer while an undergrad and grad student at OU the past few years. Richard now joins the professional staff as our local news host during weekday afternoons, producing content for over-the-air and our social media sites. We look forward to seeing and hearing more of his excellent work in the future!

Intelligence Squared Debate: Social Media And Democracy
The debate has gotten hotter recently -- are social media used as tools for connecting people and democratizing information? Or tools for deepening social and political divisions and eroding trust in the democratic process? Two panels of experts debate for and against the question 'Is social media good for democracy?' on Intelligence Squared U.S., this week's Sunday Radio Matinee, at 12 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Ticket Giveaway ~ The Capitol Steps at OCCC Aug. 23
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The Capitol Steps return to Oklahoma City Community College for a side-splitting evening of musical parody of current news events, sure to leave both sides of the aisle laughing. We're giving away tickets to their all-new revue on Thursday, Aug. 23 -- enter our drawing for your chance to see the show on us!

Ticket Giveaway ~ Les Misérables at the Civic Center Sept. 18
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OKC Broadway brings the Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables to the Civic Center stage, refreshed from its Broadway return with new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. We're giving away tickets to the opening night performance on Tuesday, Sept. 18 -- enter our drawing for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our last issue, we gave away copies on compact disc of The Capitol Steps' latest album, Make America Grin Again. Our winners were Esther, April, Richard, Linda, Robert, Joan, John, Olivia, and Becky!

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