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June 10, 2010
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'Jazz in June' Time
Hansen Leaving WESun
Summer Reading
Ticket Giveaway
State political campaigns are getting underway, but before we all head to the voting booth this summer and fall, here's a ballot box ripe for "stuffing":
Carl Kasell ca. 1979Our favorite scorekeeper and former NPR newscaster Carl Kasell is among the nominees for induction in the 2010 class of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Vote for Carl beginning Monday, June 14.
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KGOU Election Coverage Begins with AG Forum 
KGOU Local NewsOklahoma voters will elect officials in a number of statewide and Congressional races this year, with primary elections on July 27. KGOU will provide resources for voters as the campaigns progress over the course of the summer and fall.
Tune in Sunday, June 13 at 11 a.m. for a political forum with the three candidates for Oklahoma Attorney General. Two Republicans, Ryan Leonard and Scott Pruitt, and one Democrat, Jim Priest, are hoping to succeed Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who is stepping down after 16 years to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
All KGOU election coverage will be available online, along with links to other sites that might be useful for voters.
KGOU Presents Jazz in June Festival 
Jazz in JuneGet your lawn chairs and coolers ready -- Jazz in June is coming up this month, June 24 - 26, at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park in Norman. This year's featured performers will be Guy Forsyth, Michael Rabinowitz & Bassoon in the Wild, The Bad Plus, Paul McCandless, Suzanna Choffel, and more.
KGOU produces this annual outdoor music festival with Jazz in June, Inc. For the complete schedule of concert locations and performers, visit the Jazz in June website.
NPR Weekend Edition Host Announces Departure
KGOU photoOver the Memorial Day weekend, you may have heard Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen announce to listeners that she's leaving the program after more than 20 years.
By this time next year, Liane hopes to have made the transition from on-air host to a public radio freelancer based from the Delaware seashore. You can read her announcement, and hear some of her favorite moments as host.
KGOU listeners may remember her visit to Oklahoma City in 2005; she'll be occasionally visiting other stations across the country over the next year, with guest hosts behind the mic. NPR executives will work closely with Liane in the coming months to fill her position.
NPR News Investigation: Brain Wars
TBI graphicTraumatic brain injury (TBI) is considered the "signature injury" of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, most often caused by powerful blasts from improvised explosive devices. Over the last three years, the Pentagon has launched several new programs to treat soldiers with TBI.
NPR's Daniel Zwerdling, in collaboration with reporter T. Christian Miller of ProPublica, has uncovered a gap between the military's professed intent and actual treatment of soldiers with TBI, especially the cases that leave no physical scars, just cognitive and emotional problems that can prove difficult to diagnose. If you missed any of this investigative series, you can listen from the archives at
NPR Critics' Picks for Summer Reading
Summer BooksIf your summer getaway will be deep in the pages of a book, NPR has lists upon lists of the best reading to transport you to another place or time. Whether your tastes run to thrillers, historical fiction, cookbooks or humor,'s Summer Books section has delectable treats waiting to be discovered.
Diane Rehm Tells of Life with Maxie
from the coverHe has met more politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, bestselling authors, and academic experts in his six short years than most people will in a lifetime -- and he's a dog.
In Diane Rehm's third book, published by Gibbs Smith, you'll meet Maxie, the friendly canine companion of talk show host Diane Rehm, and get an inside look at their everyday life together. You can now pre-order a copy from the publisher prior to the August release.
Gordon LightfootTicket Giveaway ~ Gordon Lightfoot in Concert August 16
KGOU will give away a pair of front-row tickets to see Gordon Lightfoot August 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose State Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale June 18 at or the Civic Center Box Office. Enter our drawing to win!
Congratulations to our winners!
Our lucky grand prize winner will be seeing piano man Bob Malone perform at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond on Tuesday, June 15, and will receive his latest CD, Ain't What You Know. Plus two more winners will receive the CD, autographed by the artist. Congratulations JamieSusan and Kathy!