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February 25, 2010
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It's Awards Season
Volunteers Wanted
March Specials
BBC Video Contest
More 3-Minute Fiction
Somehow the laws of thermodynamics and proper vacuum suction crept into the conversation when Wait, Wait... host Peter Sagal was a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson last week.  The segment is on YouTube for those of us who missed it.
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Healthcare Meeting Wrap-up Airs Tonight
NPR NewsToday the White House is holding a meeting of elected officials and representatives of the healthcare community in an effort to re-start the debate on overhauling the nation's health care system. 
KGOU will broadcast an hour-long NPR News special at 6 p.m. tonight, reviewing the highlights and outcome of this meeting. Joining Linda Wertheimer will be NPR's Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner, White House Correspondent Scott Horsley and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.
KGOU Wins Awards . . . and More Awards
KGOU received nine awards at the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists' awards banquet on February 20 in Oklahoma City.  KGOU won first, second and third places in the Radio Interview/Talk Show category, Logan Layden took second place for Best Newscast, and Kurt Gwartney won second place in the Reporter's Portfolio category. 
KGOU student reporters took honors this week in a national student audio competition, and also in the annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association awards. Graham Lee Brewer, Andrew Brown, Gernethia Rich, Kristen Mason and Will Holland won awards for stories that aired on Assignment: Radio.  You can see the complete list on our Awards page. Congratulations to the KGOU news department and our students!
Volunteers Wanted for Spring Membership Drive
telephoneKGOU's Be a Friend, Bring a Friend drive is underway, and we're preparing for the on-air portion coming up next month.  We'll need friendly volunteers to answer the pledge phones in our studios during the on-air drive -- you can see what shifts are available and sign up on our volunteer page, and recruit your friends to volunteer, too!  It's a fun and gratifying experience.
Be KGOU's friend by renewing or beginning your support right now, using our online pledge form.  And, just a reminder for those KGOU friends who are OU employees: you can sign up for the Campus Campaign and have your donation deducted from your paychecks. Be sure to sign up before the end of June.
Intelligence Squared Begins New Season in March 
Intelligence Squared U.S.Intelligence Squared U.S. begins another season of Oxford-style debate between three panelists for a motion, and three against. This season kicks off with the motion "Is California the first failed state?", airing Sunday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Moderator Jon Donvan steers the debate, which includes former California governor Gray Davis on the panel. 
Future topics include "Are teachers unions to blame for our failing schools?" and "Is organic food just marketing hype?" Be sure to check KGOU's Limited Run Programs page each week for broadcast dates and times. 
Newport Jazz Festival on FNL Headliner Showcase 
Vijay IyerDuring the month of March, KGOU will present highlights from the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival on Friday Night Live Headliner Showcase airing Fridays at midnight. Individual performances from some of last year's most talked-about acts were recorded live - Vijay Iyer, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, and Dave Brubeck. The series gets underway Friday, March 5 at midnight featuring the Vijay Iyer Trio.
BBC Taking Entries in Video Competition
BBC - My WorldThe BBC is looking for people to tell the story of their world in a two-minute video, sponsoring a global documentary competition titled "MyWorld". Only a handful of entrants have submitted a video depicting a portrait of the U.S.  Entries are due by March 5.
Judge and curator of the competion is Cara Mertes, director of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Some of the best work will be shown online and on BBC World, and the grand prize winner will receive a semi-pro HD camera. Some entrants will also be interviewed on the BBC. Rules, tips, and entries from other countries are on the BBC World Service site.
Three-Minute Fiction Round Three ~ Picture This
Three-minute fictionNPR's popular writing contest enters a third round, with a few days left to submit your original works of fiction. This time, the prompt is a photograph, and entries are due by Sunday, February 28. NPR book critic Alan Cheuse will choose a winning story to be read on-air, and favorite "also-rans" will be posted for your reading pleasure at