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March 22, 2012
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Health Care Hearings
Volunteers Needed!
'Big Read' Discussion
Ticket Giveaway

We've just received permission from KOCO-TV to broadcast their audio of President Obama's speech in Cushing this morning. He's expected to begin speaking around 10 a.m., and we will be pre-empting programming to bring his remarks to listeners. The StateImpact Oklahoma team will also be live-tweeting the speech.


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NPR News Coverage: SCOTUS Hearings on Health Care
photo by David Lat/sxcNext week the U.S. Supreme Court hears six hours of arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. NPR News and KGOU will bring you extensive coverage of what's at stake with the healthcare overhaul as well as coverage of the Court's unprecedented three days of arguments.

The Supreme Court has said it will release audio of the respective days' arguments and KGOU will broadcast one-hour specials at 7 p.m. (CT) each day, beginning Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28.

On All Things Considered this week, NPR's Nina Totenberg profiles the two lawyers who will make the arguments: Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who will defend the law, and the opponents' lead advocate, Paul Clement, who has argued an astonishing 57 cases before the Supreme Court. On Morning Edition tomorrow, tune in for an examination of how insurance companies are preparing for the Court's decision, whichever way it goes.

Evening Programs Moved Temporarily
Because of the News specials on those three nights, March 26 - 28, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, It's Your World, Living on Earth and This American Life will be moved back one hour, to 8 and 9 p.m. Jazz with Bob Parlocha will begin at 10 p.m. on those three nights.

Spring Membership Drive Update
Help!Spring has sprung! And in public radio, that means the semi-annual membership drive is not far away. KGOU is putting out the call for volunteers to staff the phones during the drive -- sign up here. If you've been looking for a way to meet other KGOU fans, get a behind-the-scenes look at our studios in Norman, and help out your public radio station, here's your chance!

Employees of the University of Oklahoma have the option of giving to KGOU through the OU Campus Campaign, having their contribution deducted from each paycheck. Details are on the Campus Campaign web pages, or call Beckie Tramel at 325-7873 for more information.

'Big Read' Book Discussion: The Things They Carried
Tim O'BrienTim O'Brien's book of short stories from his experiences in the Vietnam War, The Things They Carried, was the focus of the Pioneer Library System's Big Read last spring. Library patrons read the book, participated in discussions, and heard O'Brien himself discuss his work. O'Brien's remarks to an audience at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History last April will be broadcast during KGOU's Sunday Radio Matinee, this Sunday, March 25 at noon.

NPR's Cities Project: Show the 'Heart' of Your City
ChicagoMore than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and in the United States, it's more than 80 percent. There is an increasing awareness of city life's importance to our health, economy, environment, and more.

This spring, NPR launches the Cities Project -- coverage about our urban lives, from the striking trends to the challenges cities face. And NPR wants your input, specifically pictures, sound and text relating to the topic, using the hashtag #NPRCities on Tumblr, Flickr, and Soundcloud. These posts will be featured on NPR's Tumblr and on

'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination
cogs in shape of brainWhat gives some of us the ability to create work that captivates the eyes, minds and hearts of others? Jonah Lehrer, a writer specializing in neuroscience, addresses that question in his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. His conversation with Robert Siegel on All Things Considered this week is one of the most recommended stories at
Ticket Giveaway ~ National Theatre's She Stoops to Conquer on the Big Screen!
We have more tickets for National Theatre Live, Fathom Events' satellite presentation of the best of British theatre on American movie screens. She Stoops to Conquer, an ingenious comedy of chaos and courtship, is the next play presented on March 29 at 7 p.m. Enter our drawing for a pair of complimentary passes, and in the "Giveaway Name" blank, tell us if you'd prefer to see the show at Quail Springs Cinema, Tinseltown USA, or Norman's Hollywood Spotlight 14 theater.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our last e-Newsletter, we gave away five pairs of tickets to the April 10 concert by Béla Fleck and The Flecktones at Rose State College, courtesy of Monarch Marketing Group. Congratulations to our winners: Fred, Marijo, Jackie, Mike and Laura!