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January 7, 2010
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NPR News Series on Jobs
Signal Expansion Update
NPR Android App
2009's Best Movies
KGOU's three signal expansion projects in Ada, Woodward and Chickasha are poised to start the next phase, and we need your help getting the word out. Please tell everyone you know in these communities about our efforts, or tell us who might be able to lend some support.
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NPR News Series:  New Jobs for a New Decade
NPR NewsThe last year has been brutal for workers, with the economic crisis leaving millions unemployed or underemployed.  Further, the entire decade has been no picnic, as job growth has not kept pace with population growth.  All this week, NPR News is examining where the jobs will be in the next decade, with a series of reports on Morning Edition.  If you've missed any, they're archived at, with an interactive diagram of which employment sectors are shrinking and which are growing.
Tomorrow, the U.S. Labor Department will release the December jobs report, which will have data for all of 2009; NPR's Frank Langfitt reviews the numbers. And in a report exclusively on the Web, NPR's Jim Zarroli looks at job prospects for financial services, the sector many blame for triggering the recession.
Deadline for KGOU Signal Expansion Projects
About a year ago KGOU launched three projects to build new stations in Woodward, Ada and Chickasha, adding or improving service to areas of Oklahoma that have limited public radio options. 

Expanding Horizons projectsWe're entering the planning and equipment-purchasing phases of these projects.  But before we make any expenditures, we need to know that support is there to go ahead.  By mid-February, we'd like to have pledges for at least half of the funds that need to be raised for each project. The Woodward and Ada projects have been awarded federal grants to finance most of the costs, if we can raise the remainder.

See more details of each project on our New Horizons pages, or contact us with any questions or help you can offer, and then select the Capital Campaign and Signal Expansion option on our online pledge form to contribute.  And stay tuned for more updates in General Manager Karen Holp's "Manager's Desk" reports.
NPR News Launches "App" for Google's Android OS 
As the market for Web-enabled mobile phones gets more competitive with the addition of Google's new operating system, NPR News is making its content available on these latest "smart" phones with the launch of a new NPR News app for Android.
The Android app features station podcasts and archived NPR programs for now. But by spring, it's hoped the app will also feature stations' live streams, similar to what is available now in NPR's iPhone app.  This first version of the app was developed for NPR free of charge.  It can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
"From NPR in Washington, I'm Carl Kasell"
Carl Kasell ca. 1979For Morning Edition's occasional series "The Long View," Renée Montagne talks with the man who has delivered the news since the show began back in 1979. NPR's Carl Kasell retired from newscasting December 30, and shares stories with Renée about his long career in radio.  You can hear the interview and see a slideshow of Carl's last morning at the anchor desk.
Portrait Of Iraq: A Refugee Artist Paints His Home
photo by Walid JawadArtist Ahmad AlKarkhi fled Baghdad in 2006, but he continues to paint his memories of his homeland. "There is nothing there to live for," he told NPR's Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition January 5. He's hoping to build a new life and livelihood in the U.S., painting the beauty of his country, a beauty, he says, "that we must keep alive."  See some of his watercolors and hear his story at
AvatarCritics Pick 2009's Best Movies 
2009 was a good year for motion pictures, so good in fact, that NPR's Bob Mondello and Fresh Air's David Edelstein couldn't contain their must-see lists to just the top ten films.  See which movies they picked -- Bob's top 22 and David's 13 best -- plus clips and reviews, all in the archives at