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March 24, 2011
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Fannie & Freddie Explained
Civil Conversations Project
NMF3 Highlights
Capitol Steps April Fools
NPR photoMorning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep, just returned from a reporting trip to Egypt, wrote an op-ed piece for this morning's Wall Street Journal. He writes about the trip, but also about recent controversy surrounding NPR; you can read it here.


For those who ordered tickets to An Evening with David Sedaris April 18, the tickets are in the mail. Please let us know as soon as possible if something is amiss! Call Jolly Brown at 325-1601.


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Planet Money to Look at Past, Present and Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Planet MoneyTwo institutions dwarf all others in the amount of bailout money they'll cost U.S. taxpayers: the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They've cost taxpayers more than $130 billion so far, more than the rescue of AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America, and GM combined. Unlike the other bailout recipients who have paid back all or part of their debts, Fannie and Freddie are projected to add to their tab, possibly tripling their bill to the taxpayer by the end of this decade.


In a three-part series, Planet Money explores the fascinating story of the rise and fall of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, examining what the companies did that led to their precarious financial situation, and what role the companies -- now run by the U.S. government -- play today. The series airs on All Things Considered beginning Monday, March 28, with reporting by Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and business reporter Tamara Keith.



Spring Membership Drive: Connecting Communities
KGOU connects the communities we serve -- to what's going on in our own city, to the decisions being made on our behalf at the state and national levels, to the events shaping the world today. Our community of listeners is connected to the stories that concern and interest them through the programs that KGOU brings you each and every day.
Our spring membership drive is coming up soon; it's a great time to celebrate the community we share. Your pledge of support is vital to keeping the community connected.


We still have some available spots for phone volunteers during the drive. See the shifts we've lined out, or make your own hours, on our Volunteer page.


After an analysis of how early pledges are coming in, we've determined that we'll be fundraising on Sunday, April 3, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., and on Monday, April 4, from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. If you can help either of those days, please contact Membership Director Laura Knoll.



Krista Tippett On Being Fosters Civil Conversations
Civil Conversations ProjectHow do we find new ways to speak and listen to each other even while holding passionate disagreements? The Civil Conversations project launched by American Public Media for the Krista Tippett On Being program explores that question.


At 8 p.m. tonight, Krista converses with philosopher Anthony Appiah, whose African father and British mother helped inspire the movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Author of The Honor Code, Appiah's stories of his multi-racial, multi-national family infuse his thinking now on subjects like human identity, ethics in a world of strangers, and how moral revolutions happen. You can join the online conversation at


Headliner Showcase Features Music Festival Highlights
photo by Jeremy CharlesSpring is the beginning of outdoor music festival season, and KGOU has a taste of what's in store. During the month of April, KGOU's Friday Night Live Headliner Showcase has a series of highlights from last year's Norman Music Festival. Featured artists include: Gentle Ghost, The Octopus Project, The Sword, Electric Six, Jabee, Edan, Groupo Fantasmo, Dirty Projectors and The Non. Tune in Friday nights at 11 p.m. for all the musical fun.


'Fool' Around with the Capitol Steps April Capitol Steps1
Join Charlie Sheen, Muammar Qaddafi (Gaddafi? Khaddafy?), and others for the April Fool's edition of Politics Takes a Holiday. The Capitol Steps have a lot of new material -- er, I mean happenings in the news -- to work with as they lampoon the famous and the infamous. Tune in Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m., or Sunday, April 3 during the noon hour for a hilarious romp through the news. If you just can't wait for a laugh, here's a preview.



Technology: A Force for Good, Bad, and Just Plain Wrong
from YouTubeOur fascination with technological gadgets is evident with a couple of stories that currently top the Most-Viewed and Most-Recommended lists at First, NPR's blog All Tech Considered discussed cyber-bullying, specifically how easily the internet enables both the bullying behavior and the anti-bullying message as well. See how Jimmy Wong Saves the Internet.


And second, as curator of (discretion advised), Jillian Madison receives hundreds of text messages a day that indicate our smart phones may not be so smart after all. Madison shares a selection of hilarious mistakes in the new book Damn You, Autocorrect! and you can read an excerpt at