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June 21, 2012
Also in this Issue:
New 'World Views' Host
'Jazz in June' Tonight!
Remembering Jim Packard
Picnic, Anyone?
Ticket Giveaway

Bittersweet endings remind us that change is the only constant in this world and beyond. Recently we've learned of some changes to come in KGOU's programs, and we say farewell to some individuals who have shared their wisdom and humor with us.


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World Views to Get New Host
Suzette GrillotKGOU's locally produced program on international affairs, World Views, is saying goodbye to the show's founder and original host. The Dean of OU's College of International Studies, Zach Messitte, has accepted the presidency of Ripon College in Central Wisconsin, and is leaving World Views.

Hosting duties will go to a familiar voice, Suzette Grillot, a regular panelist on the program. Suzette has just returned from Arezzo, Italy, where she served as faculty-in-residence for OU's study abroad program. She takes the host's chair permanently with the next episode, airing Monday, July 2 at 11:30 a.m.

The next episode includes a conversation with John Esposito, Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, discussing a 2001-2007 Gallup survey of tens of thousands of Muslims in more than 35 countries which is the basis for his 2008 book Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think.

Jazz in June Begins Tonight
Jazz in June Get your lawn chairs and coolers ready -- Jazz in June brings its 29-year tradition of great music to Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park in Norman, tonight through Saturday. This year's featured performers are David Sanborn, Carolyn Wonderland, Steve Coleman & the OBS All-Stars, The Bert Dalton Brazil Project, What's That, and The Ivan Peņa Ensemble, and more. KGOU produces this annual outdoor music festival with Jazz in June, Inc. For the complete schedule of concert locations and performers, visit our community event page.

Jim PackardWhad'Ya Know? Announcer Dies
Longtime Wisconsin Public Radio personality and Whad'Ya Know? straight man Jim Packard died Monday. He was 71. Packard was in New York City following a live Whad'Ya Know? broadcast on June 9. The next day his health deteriorated, and he was admitted to a New York City hospital, where he stayed for eight days before his death. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the story. Whad'Ya Know? host Michael Feldman and the entire crew pay tribute to Jim at

Car Talk Guys Retiring; Show Continuing
Click and ClackWith Tom turning 75 this year, and Car Talk celebrating 25 years on NPR this fall (35 years, if you include the local years on WBUR), Tom and Ray have decided that it's time to downsize their workload, as of October. But even though they won't take any new phone calls, the show is going to continue!

Doug Berman and the show's Peabody award winning staff will continue to produce the show, drawing from 25 years worth of material. They'll ensure Car Talk continues to sound vibrant and fun. You can tell Tom and Ray what you think about them getting even lazier at the Car Talk website.

Picnics That Can Make It To The Top Of The Mountain
picnic spreadNo wicker baskets, checkered tablecloths or stemware needed for this hearty al fresco meal -- NPR's Kitchen Window fashions sturdy, well-seasoned dishes that go the distance when you've worked up an appetite on the trail. Check out recipes for Summer Sesame Noodles, Caribbean Pigeon Pea Salad, Korova Cookies and other delightful picnic fare at Kitchen Window.
Ticket Giveaway ~ Avett Brothers at Chesapeake Energy Arena July 27
the Avett BrothersNational Shows 2 presents the Avett Brothers in concert on July 27 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The music of Scott and Seth Avett is described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop, with a little punk here and there. KGOU is giving away several pairs of tickets -- enter here to win!

Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away a bunch of free passes to a live cinema showing of The Tempest, performed at Canada's premier Shakespeare festival, shown on movie screens across the country. Our winners were Kathy, Kathleen, Melissa, Barrie, Martha, Elaine, Marla, Suzanne, Alice, Mary Ann, Tricia, and Karen!