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June 7, 2012
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'Jazz in June' Time!
London 2012 Games
Summer Movie Guide
Ticket Giveaway

Its commencement season, when many students finish their formal education and begin the process of defining their life's work. NPR's Robert Krulwich has a mantra for the Class of 2012. Likewise, Nina Totenberg shares some advice for young people just starting out in the guise of a letter to her younger self. We're glad you choose KGOU to keep you informed and always learning new things!


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Steve Inskeep Travels a Revolutionary Road
Steve Inskeep at the ruins in CarthageLast year's Arab Spring revolutions have Tunisia, Libya and Egypt remaking themselves as they write new social rules, rebuild their economies and establish new political systems. Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is making a 2,000-mile-long drive from Tunis, Tunisia, to Cairo, Egypt this month. He tells Outside magazine how he prepared for this Revolutionary Road Trip. The first week's reports are archived at

David Sanborn Headlines Jazz in June Festival
Jazz in June Six-time Grammy Award winner David Sanborn heads the list of world-class jazz and blues artists for the 29th annual Jazz in June music festival. KGOU helps to produce the free, three-day outdoor festival scheduled for June 21-23 at several locations in Norman. In addition to Sanborn, other performers include Carolyn Wonderland, Steve Coleman & the OBS All-Stars, The Bert Dalton Brazil Project, What's That, and The Ivan Peņa Ensemble.

Many of the performers will present instructional clinics and play with local musicians in popular 'jam' sessions following the Thursday and Saturday concerts. See the schedule and locations here. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers, and we'll see you there!

SCOTUS Ruling on Healthcare Expected Soon
NPR NewsSometime before the end of June, the US Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision regarding the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare Act. NPR will provide extensive coverage across all shows and newscasts the day of the announcement, plus continuing coverage in the days, weeks and months following the decision regarding what it means for health coverage and what it means politically. Stay tuned to KGOU for in-depth reporting on this important decision.

NPR News Series: London Olympics
double-decker busNPR is gearing up for the Summer Olympic Games in London. While the opening ceremony isn't until July 27, coverage has already begun, from London, the US, and around the world. Reports include profiles of athletes, talks with coaches, qualifying events coverage, and a look at the competitors' families and supporters.

NPR's sports correspondents Mike Pesca and Tom Goldman, London correspondent Philip Reeves, and others will cover the stories that bring the triumph and heartbreak of the games to life. Here's a taste of what you can expect in future reports on the air and online at

Dead Stop: Famous Final Resting Places
headstonesMorning Edition heads out on a special summer road trip to find strange, historic or otherwise notable gravesites and cemeteries around the U.S., touching on American history, biography, art, religion and land use along the way. The series launched Monday, May 28, and runs occasionally throughout the summer.

This series also includes a listener callout: Help build an interactive map of cool graveyards and tombstones by posting your favorite photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #NPRDeadStop.

A Preview of Selected Summer Movies
Merida in Pixar's BraveWhen the summer heat drives you indoors, Hollywood has films both large and small that offer hours of cool escape. NPR's Bob Mondello recommends which blockbusters to see and which to avoid -- and which independent and art house gems to seek out. has reviews of what's in theaters now and interviews with the moviemakers.
Ticket Giveaway ~ The Tempest Starring Christopher Plummer
Shakespeare's The Tempest comes to the big screen for a special one-night event in U.S. theaters nationally, Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. Captured live over two days at the legendary Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, this not-to-be-missed theatrical event also features a post-screening Q & A, captured live in New York with Christopher Plummer and director Des McAnuff, hosted by producer Barry Avrich. See the theatrical trailer at KGOU has free passes at Quail Springs 24, Tinseltown USA and Norman's Spotlight 14. Enter our drawing and tell us your preference of location in the "Giveaway Name" blank.
Congratulations to our winners!
Winners of tickets to see the Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Rose State Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, June 16 are Bill, Ron and Janet -- congratulations!