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April 24, 2012
Also in this Issue:
News Awards
This American Life Live!
Three-Minute Fiction
Colorful Rice Recipes

KGOU is celebrating a milestone: Jim Johnson, Program Director and host of The Weekend Blues, has been hosting the show for 20 years! Send him a congratulatory note and listen next weekend (Saturday and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.) to hear tracks from the extensive Blues library he's collected over the years.


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Membership Drive Update
Thank you!KGOU kicked off the Spring Membership Drive on Saturday, and we're once again taking to the airwaves today through Friday! Our goal is to raise $175,000 in pledges, and at this writing, we're just under the $106,000 mark.

When the public radio networks began forty years ago, no one could have foreseen that listener-supported radio would be not merely surviving, but thriving in 2012, and a viable funding model for great journalism and community conversation.

The end of our fiscal year is approaching June 30, and this is a great time to begin or renew your support of public radio! Check out the ways to give and the benefits of KGOU membership and use our secure online donation forms or call (405) 325-5468 and talk with one of our great phone volunteers.

KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma Win SPJ Awards
award plaqueKGOU swept several categories in the annual Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards, winning a total of 16 awards. KGOU's reporters took first place in General News, Spot News, Government Reporting, Diversity Coverage, Special Program, and Enterprise Reporting categories. KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney was awarded first place in the Reporter's Portfolio category. See all the winners on our Awards page.

Our project in collaboration with other public media stations in the state, StateImpact Oklahoma, won three awards: Logan Layden took second place in Reporter's Portfolio, and digital reporter Joe Wertz won first place in the Online Writing category and second place for Interactive Graphic or Resource.

This American Life Stages Live Cinema Event
This American Life Live!Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington will join Ira Glass for a This American Life live cinema event on May 10. The show will be live on stage at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and beamed via satellite to more than 500 movie theatres around the country.

The show will also feature stories by writer David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro and music by OK Go. It'll also include things you could never do on the radio, like a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes and Company, original animation, projected illustration and more. Here's a preview. KGOU will be hosting the event at Tinseltown USA, and we hope to see you there! You can reserve your seats at

Three-Minute Fiction Contest: Round 8
Three-minute fictionJudge's Early Favorites
For Round 8 of the contest on weekend All Things Considered, guest judge Luis Alberto Urrea asked listeners to send original works of fiction that begin with this sentence: "She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door." Urrea is perusing the many thousands of entries, and has selected 12 to share. Winners will be announced soon.

basmati riceKitchen Window: A Rainbow of Rice
In many cultures, rice is an anchor point - it provides a sense of place and belonging. Kitchen Window columnist Monica Bhide shares recipes for green bamboo rice, black "forbidden" rice, red rice and sticky rice, to delight the eyes and the palate.