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May 14, 2010
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VA Secretary on ATC
New Car Talk Blog
Summer Movie Preview
What Would Rob Do?
I hope this newsletter finds you safe and dry after a stormy week.
Monday's storm knocked out power to KGOU's Norman transmitter, and the 106.3 signal was briefly off the air, and then on reduced power for a few hours on Tuesday. We're happy to report that broadcast operations are back to normal.
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KGOU Introduces New Program: World Views
KGOU has a new addition to our locally produced program lineup: It's called World Views, with hosts Zach Messitte, Vice Provost for International Programs at the University of Oklahoma, Joshua Landis, co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies at OU, and veteran network news correspondent Mike BoettcherWorld Views is an expansion of an earlier occasional Oklahoma Voices feature, Oklahoma and the World.
KGOU Local NewsThe plan is to broadcast two programs a month, on the first and third Mondays, at 11:30 a.m. Each show will focus on specific global topics or world regions in a roundtable discussion among the hosts, followed by in-depth interviews with experts and newsmakers.
World Views was first broadcast May 3 with a discussion of the Obama administration's Afghanistan/Pakistan strategy, and the possibility of military action against Iran. On Monday, May 17, the hosts will be discussing the European debt crisis and also the failed bombing attempt in Times Square, featuring interviews with NPR correspondents Eric Westervelt and Lourdes Garcia-Navarro. Be sure to tune in Monday at 11:30 a.m. or listen online following the broadcast.
All Things Considered: The New Veteran 
courtesy of Jonathan WheelerAll this week All Things Considered has been examining the Veterans Administration system, overburdened by hundreds of thousands of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many more vets will seek care in the coming years and the VA's challenges are already enormous.
The reports have focused on the change necessary to serve today's vets, the backlog of VA claims, a trend toward separate state court systems for veterans, and the influx of female vets. Today, we'll hear an interview with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, probably the most high-profile secretary since World War II.  Listen to the reports at
Car Talk Website Features New Blog(ger) 
There's a new blog at written by an honest-to-goodness journalist who also has had a life-long obsession with cars. The blog is called Dome Light, and the blogger is Jim Motavalli, who writes about environmental topics for The New York Times and CBS MoneyWatch, among others. Jim's latest blog entry is about automotive recycling -- check it out here.
Click, Clack, tow! 
And speaking of recycling cars, the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program takes old cars and turns them into income for public radio stations like KGOU. In fact, so far this fiscal year, KGOU has received nearly $14,000 from listener-donated vehicles! If you're considering donating a used car, truck, boat or RV, you can find answers to your questions here.
NPR Wins National Journalism Award
Sigma Delta ChiNPR's series on California's "three strikes" law has been awarded national honors from the Society of Professional Journalists.  SPJ announced the winners of its national Sigma Delta Chi awards last week; winners will be honored at a ceremony October 2 in Las Vegas. See all the winners here.
The three-part series was produced in October 2009 by NPR's Ina Jaffe, Philip Bruce, and Amy Walter.  The series reviewed the 15-year history of California's "three strikes" sentencing law, the strictest in the nation, which enacted tough penalties for second and third offenses, including mandatory incarceration.  Listen to this award-winning work in the archives at
FNL Headliner Showcase: Joe 'King' Carrasco
courtesy Joe King CarrascoSince the early 1980s, Joe "King" Carrasco has served as crown regent of the "nuevo wavo" crowd. Tonight's Friday Night Live Headliner Showcase features the king of Tex-Mex in a recent performance at the historic El Ray theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The party begins at midnight tonight, courtesy of Southwest Stages.
In A Summer Of Sequels, The Stars R Us
courtesy of Industrial Light & MagicHollywood's coming off a spring full of remakes: Nightmare on Elm Street, Death at a Funeral, Clash of the Titans. Next it's a summer of sequels -- new installments of the Sex and the City, Shrek, Twilight, Predators and Toy Story franchises. First up, it's Iron Man 2. Get some expert guidance on what's worth seeing and what to avoid from NPR's movie critics, at
NPR Producer Pens Advice Book
from the coverRob Sachs, an NPR producer and director, has turned his popular podcast, What Would Rob Do?, into a book, What Would Rob Do? An Irreverent Guide to Surviving Life's Daily Indignities.
Rob, and a handful of his celebrity friends, have lots of advice on what to do if you get a bad haircut, are underdressed for a party, or accidentally "step in something". He talks about his adventures as a first-time author and gives a how-to on buttering up the publicity team on NPR's Monkey See blog.
Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away three copies of a 3-track EP by Oklahoma's own Green Corn Revival, an alt-country band that calls Weatherford home. Congratulations to our winners: Suzanne, Jane and Cornelia!