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May 24, 2012
Also in this Issue:
Fundraising Update
The Impossible Dream?
Summer Reading
Ticket Giveaway

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StateImpact Reporters Converge at NPR HQ
Ken Rudin and Logan Layden Seventeen reporters and their news directors from the eight states chosen to pilot NPR's StateImpact project met in Washington, D.C. this week. They met with NPR staff who oversee or assist with the project, and also with NPR correspondents, hosts, editors and producers.

The purpose of getting together was to discuss successes and strategies for future coverage of local stories. KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney and StateImpact Oklahoma reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden met their counterparts from the other states and even got to see Political Junkie Ken Rudin's Oklahoma button collection. Ken serves as broadcast editor for StateImpact. (Click on the image for a larger view. More photos are on the KGOU Facebook page.)

KGOU Nears End of Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2012 is shaping up to be one of KGOU's best fundraising years, thanks to increases in memberships, underwriting and vehicle donations. Our spring membership drive was our most successful ever, with nearly $190,000 pledged! The fiscal year ends June 30; KGOU accepts donations year-round.

If you pledged during the spring drive, but have not yet received an invoice, or if you have not had an opportunity to choose a thank-you gift, contact Membership Director Laura Knoll at 325-0022.

NPR News Series: American Dreams
Statue of LibertyThe American Dream has always meant opportunity -- the idea that anyone who makes the effort can have a good job, a nice home, and a chance to do better than his or her parents. Today, the dream feels out of reach to many, with millions of Americans out of work and the gap between rich and poor widening.

NPR News and member stations explore the American Dream in the 21st century, its conflicts and contradictions. The series launches with an introduction on Weekend Edition Sunday on May 27, and will continue over the next several months on NPR's newsmagazines and at

KGOU Airs 'Jazz in June' Highlights
Jazz in June The best of last year's Jazz in June is highlighted over the Memorial Day weekend and the next few weeks on KGOU. On Sunday, May 27, KGOU devotes four hours to highlights of the 2011 music festival.

Highlighted artists include jazz greats Larry Coryell and Poncho Sanchez, contemporary blues artists Murali Coryell (Larry's son) and Margo Valiante, and local favorites, the Jeremy Thomas Quartet, and the 145th Army Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Tune in Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m. It's all in anticipation of the 2012 Jazz in June festival coming up June 21 - 23 in Norman, featuring headliner David Sanborn.

NPR-Recommended Summer Reading
garden of booksAs many schoolchildren can attest, a summer reading list beats the heat and keeps the brain limber. NPR Books has a host of reading selections curated by booksellers, critics, notable authors, and NPR's resident librophiles. And for young adult readers, check out "PG 13," a special series coming Tuesday, May 29 to All Things Considered. Don't have time for an entire book? Read the winners of Weekend ATC's Three-Minute Fiction contest.

What the Well Dressed Salad Is Wearing for Spring
saladsIn the beginning, there was iceberg -- a pallid staple in many American homes, frequently topped with bottled dressing. But the face of salad is changing, and local, seasonal ingredients have helped elevate the side salad to star status. Kitchen Window's Bonny Wolf shares five recipes for salads featuring fresh spring ingredients.
Glenn Miller OrchestraTicket Giveaway ~ Glenn Miller Orchestra at Rose State
Walcher Entertainment presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Rose State Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, June 16. Enter our drawing for your chance to win a pair of tickets!
Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away a hardcover edition of Anthony Shadid's House of Stone in our last e-Newsletter; the winner of our drawing was Jay in Oklahoma City.

The crowd at the This American Life live cinema event had a chance to register for a drawing to win KGOU t-shirts, tote bags or a grand prize of a This American Life comic book signed by Ira Glass. Winners of KGOU swag were Traci, Lindsey, Kyle, Arva, John, Stephanie, Tommy, Becky, Brigette, David, and our grand prize winner was Tiffany! Enjoy!