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February 24, 2011
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StoryCorps Oklahoma
Signal Expansion Update
Is It 'the Real Thing'?
Slime-Free Okra Recipes
Esperanza Spalding
Journalists tend to think they have cool jobs, but apparently NPR 'Political Junkie' Ken Rudin is considered the coolest of the cool. He fielded questions in a recent publication of the Society of Professional Journalists about his unique career.


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'StoryCorps Oklahoma' Begins Next Week

Dozens of Oklahomans came to the StoryCorps MobileBooth when it was parked in front of the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City last fall, StoryCorps phototelling the stories that were meaningful to them. KGOU will share their stories with the listening audience beginning next week, in a series underwritten by locally-owned Homeland Stores.


The first installment of StoryCorps Oklahoma will be broadcast Friday, March 4, between 4:30 and 5 p.m., during All Things Considered. It comes from Rob Littlefield as told to one of the StoryCorps facilitators, Lizz Straight. His story depicts the hatred that spawned a brutal attack. Tune in, or listen from the archives at



New KGOU Signal in Ada Is On the Air
KGOU's signal expansion project in Pontotoc County near Ada is nearing completion; we are testing the signal at 91.9 FM to make sure it conforms to the parameters set by the FCC license.Signal Expansion Update This is the final construction project that KGOU has undertaken in recent years and may be the last opportunity for expansion for many years to come.


KOUA at 91.9 is a 2-kilowatt station which will provide service to areas near Ada, and will also stabilize the existing translator signal in Ada at 97.9 FM. Our Ada listeners know that service from the translator has been problematic because of its distance from the main transmitter in Norman. The new 91.9 signal will allow KGOU to provide more consistent service to Ada on both signals.
Fundraising is ongoing specifically for our recent signal expansion projects in Chickasha, Woodward and Ada, and we thank those who have already contributed to them. See more details in our Signal Expansion pages at



This American Life Finds Original Coke Recipe?
the notebook found by Everett BealThe formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. But Ira Glass and the folks at This American Life believe they may have found the original recipe. And they made a batch. Listen to this story, which aired Feb. 12. Reaction to this story came from all over the world, and actually crashed the Web servers at TAL for a time.



Kitchen Window: There's More to Okra than Frying

Photo by Sala KannanIf you've had a slimy dining experience with this vegetable, have no fear: Food writer Monica Bhide shares her grandmother's slime-busting tips, plus recipes that go beyond the traditional Southern fried fare. Check it out at's Kitchen Window Web series.



Esperanza Spalding on FNL Headliner Showcase
photo by John RogersShe stole Justin Bieber's thunder at the Grammy Awards earlier this month with her win for Best New Artist, but public radio audiences discovered Esperanza Spalding's talent long ago. The jazz bassist and vocalist performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2009; you can hear the highlights tomorrow night at 11 p.m. on KGOU's Friday Night Live Headliner Showcase.


Spalding was featured with Joe Lovano's Us Five on last week's JazzSet with DeeDee Bridgewater, which airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on KGOU. You can hear the show from the NPR Music archives, or Spalding's tiny desk concert at