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September 9, 2010
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Agritourism Reports
How Much Tax...?
NPR's Brain Wars Series
New Music Overload
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StoryCorps MobileBooth to Stop in Oklahoma City
StoryCorpsThe silver Airstream trailer that houses StoryCorps' mobile recording equipment will be making a stop in Oklahoma City from Oct. 28 through Nov. 20. We are busy planning for their visit and finalizing the location for the MobileBooth, and we'll have more details for you in the next e-newsletter.
StoryCorps is the national oral history project whose mission is to record everyday people interviewing their friends or family members. The Oklahoma City dates have been added to the StoryCorps website, and they'll begin taking reservations at 10 a.m. Oct. 14. Does anyone you know have a great story to tell?
Oklahoma In-Depth Series Focuses on Agritourism
Photo by Brian HardzinskiOklahoma's fields of waving wheat and pastures of grazing cattle are well known icons of agriculture in this part of the country. But the state's agriculture industry is now cultivating a new crop -- tourists. All this week KGOU has taken an in-depth look at the agritourism trend.
KGOU's Susan Shannon reported on a non-traditional crop taking hold in Oklahoma, grapes, and the burgeoning winemaking industry, Logan Layden visited a lavender farm, and Brian Hardzinski explored cowboy life at a dude ranch. Tomorrow on Morning Edition, News Director Kurt Gwartney talks with state tourism officials about their efforts to capitalize on the agritourism trend.
NPR News Special Series: Taxing Questions 
NPR Tax SeriesThe Bush Tax Cuts of 2001 and 2003 expire at the end of this year, and on Jan. 1, 2011, reduced rates on personal income, capital gains and dividends, plus an estate tax reduced to nothing this year, are due to revert by law to their pre-tax cut levels. Congress must decide whether to extend all the cuts, extend some of them, or allow tax rates to return to levels not seen since 2001.
NPR's Washington and National news desks have examined the current status of federal taxes and policies for the future, getting beyond the numbers and into real-life impact. Their reports are airing all this week on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Saturday. Listen to the reports you missed and use online resources, including a tax calculator, comparisons of U.S. and foreign corporate taxes, and a summary of changes to the estate tax, all at
NPR/ProPublica Investigative Report:
No Purple Hearts for Traumatic Brain Injuries
NPR and ProPublicaNPR News continues its Brain Wars coverage of returning American combat soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, examining why the U.S. military fails to give its oldest recognition, the Purple Heart, to soldiers diagnosed with TBI.
On Morning Edition today, NPR's Daniel Zwerdling and T. Christian Miller of ProPublica reported that in spite of cognitive, emotional and memory problems experienced by vets with brain injuries, their invisible wounds have kept them from receiving recognition for being wounded in action. Listen to their report and watch a PBS report taken from their research, at
This afternoon on All Things Considered, they report on 'the Baghdad five', a group of soldiers who have struggled to get Purple Hearts -- and medical help -- for their brain injuries.
Back by Popular Demand: Three-Minute Fiction
Three-minute fictionThis weekend, All Things Considered weekend host Guy Raz brings back the popular Three-Minute Fiction project for another round, with author Michael Cunningham as the judge. The prompt for this round: listeners' 600-word stories must start with the first line "Some people swore that the house was haunted" and end with the last line "Nothing was ever the same again after that."
NPR Music's First Listen Extravaganza - 14 Albums!
NPR MusicSept. 14 is one of this year's busiest release dates for new music, the "Super Tuesday" of the music world. NPR Music has chosen 14 new albums to preview before they're released. Hear the newest from Robert Plant, Of Montreal, The Bad Plus, Mavis Staples, Chromeo, and many more. It's a veritable First Listen extravaganza, but it'll only be available until next Tuesday.
Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away some free passes to the 20th Annual Oklahoma Blues Festival in Rentiesville over the Labor Day weekend. Congratulations to our winners: William and Yvonne!