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June 23, 2011
Also in this Issue:
'Jazz in June' Tonight!
Happy New Year!
News Series: Beginnings
Favorite Sci-Fi Books
Capitol Steps CD Giveaway

cartoon by Jim BorgmanWait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! scorekeeper extraordinaire Carl Kasell is one of the boys of summer -- the youthful 77-year-old threw out the first pitch at Monday's Reds-Yankees game in Cincinnati. Play ball!

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Jazz in June'Jazz in June' Starts Tonight!
Looking for a great outdoor music festival this weekend? You're in luck -- Jazz in June kicks off tonight at Brookhaven Village in Norman! Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy three evenings of Blues and jazz, with performances from Margo Valiante, Murali Coryell, the 145th Army Big Band, Larry Coryell, Poncho Sanchez, Jeremy Thomas Quartet, the Norman North High School Jazz Choir and Norman High Jazz Combo. KGOU helps produce this annual festival; get all the info from the Jazz in June website. See you there!


party hatKGOU 's Fiscal Year Draws to a Close
It's that time of year again, when KGOU closes the books on another fiscal year, which ends June 30. FY 2011 has been a great year for the station, in which several goals were realized, not the least of which was adding new signals in Chickasha, Woodward and Ada.
Financially FY11 was also successful for KGOU; we'll have more details over the next few months on how financial goals are progressing. If you have not yet fulfilled your pledge this year, send a check or use our online donation form by June 28 to be counted toward this fiscal year's goals.
For employees of the University of Oklahoma, June 30 is also the deadline to sign up to make your KGOU contribution through the Campus Campaign payroll deduction plan. Visit the Campus Campaign website for more info.


Beginnings: Childbirth and Parenting the World Over
Photo by Mohamed Riffath/sxcA new NPR News series, "Beginnings", examines the medical and cultural complexities of childbirth around the globe and here in the U.S. Starting with family planning and continuing through pregnancy, birth, and early child-rearing, the series reports from Mozambique, where nearly half of women still give birth at home, to Washington, DC, where some Latina mothers are taking part in group pre-natal care.
The series airs throughout the summer, beginning Monday, June 27, on All Things Considered. Look for an online complement to the series: a real-time blog by women in their third trimester called The Baby Project, coming soon to


Specials Make for a Funny, Jazzy 4th
fireworksArnold has a love child, Anthony tweets photos of himself -- there's so much in the news lately that deserves a sendup in the Capitol Steps' upcoming edition of Politics Takes a Holiday. KGOU airs their special brand of parody at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Here's an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny... preview.
In the evening, we'll broadcast highlights from this week's Jazz in June festival in Norman. Musical fireworks from Margo Valiante, Murali Coryell, the 145th Army Big Band, Larry Coryell, the Jeremy Thomas Quartet, and headliner Poncho Sanchez begin at 7 p.m. July 4.


Jazz Journalists Honor Bridgewater
NPR photoKudos to JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater, winner of the 2011 Female Singer of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association. JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater kicks off KGOU's Friday Night Live block, Fridays at 9 p.m. The JJA also honored NPR's A Blog Supreme, naming it Blog of the Year.


Readers Share Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books
Illustration by Chris Silas NealIn summer, people like to get away. Some visit the beach, others the mountains. But many like to go a little further: to an imaginary world or maybe a new dimension entirely. In other words, they escape into a fat science fiction or fantasy novel. Editors at asked fans for their favorites and they responded in droves -- this Web exclusive is the most commented story at See if your favorite is there.


album coverCD Giveaway ~ The Capitol Steps' Desperate Housemembers!
The latest offering from the Capitol Steps features such "hits" as Right Wing Striking, March Like An Egyptian and I've Grown Accustomed to My Facebook. KGOU has several copies to give away -- enter here to win!


Congratulations to our winner!
Melissa won the drawing from the last e-Newsletter, and got to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops perform as part of the OK Mozart Festival. Hope she and her guest enjoyed the show!