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July 26, 2012
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SIO: Public Pays for Riot
Reporting from Syria
Blackberry Recipes
Yanni Tickets!

StateImpact cakeKGOU's collaboration with other public media and NPR, StateImpact, was officially launched on July 11, 2011. In Oklahoma and seven other pilot states, the project is building an impressive following, telling explanatory, data-driven stories focused on how state issues and policy affect people's lives.  


StateImpact has won numerous local, regional and even national journalism awards, and as we embark on the second year, the project is gaining steam. Have a "virtual" piece of cake to celebrate!


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Coverage Plans for the 2012 Summer Games
Olympic flag The games of the 30th Olympiad officially open tomorrow, and NPR News will be there in force. Tom Goldman and Howard Berkes, who have covered ten and eight Olympic games respectively, will be joined by Olympic newbie Mike Pesca. Phil Reeves will be NPR's man about town, covering security and all that's happening outside the gates.

The games themselves promise to be fascinating. Coverage will include veteran American swimmer Michael Phelps trying for seven gold medals; South African runner Oscar Pistorius becoming the first 'blade runner' to compete in the games; and women's teams -- for the first time, the U.S. will send more women than men to the Olympics. KGOU News will be paying particular attention to Oklahoma athletes.

And then, there are the settings. Some of Europe's most historic venues will serve as the athletes' playgrounds. The famous Horse Guards Parade, which hosted jousting in the time of Henry VIII, is now covered with 2,000 tons of sand for beach volleyball. Lord's Cricket Ground will host the archery competitions. And, of course, there's Wembley and Wimbledon.

NPR is archiving its coverage on its 2012 Summer Games page, and a new blog, the Torch, adds more insight on the people and places reporters encounter in their travails.

StateImpact Oklahoma: The Public Cost of a Private Riot
North Fork Correctional Center The North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, a private prison that holds California inmates exclusively, was supposed to bring jobs to the small, rural town and cost Oklahoma nothing. But a large riot at the facility late last year could prove costly to the town and Oklahoma taxpayers, who will have to foot the bill for law enforcement response and prosecutions of the instigators in Oklahoma courts. KGOU aired this report by StateImpact Oklahoma this morning -- check out the other topics covered by this joint reporting project at StateImpact Oklahoma.

NPR News Series: Inside Rebel-Held Syria
rebel soldier NPR's Kelly McEvers spent a week traveling with Syrian rebels along the Turkish border to paint a vivid portrait of life in rural areas of Syria and provide a rare glimpse of the anti-government forces. Her reports have been airing this week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Don't miss tomorrow's segment, an up-close look at those who'll be in charge should the Assad regime fall, and access the archives at for any segments you missed.

Special Series: The Rule of Law and Its Enemies
police line What determined the rise of the West to a position of global dominance in the four centuries after 1500? Is it great men who make history, or vast impersonal forces like climate, topography or the mysterious spread of ideas? And whatever caused the West's rise, what explains the recent resurgence of the East and the atmosphere of crisis in the West?

KGOU presents four weeks of recent lectures from Dr. Niall Ferguson on the ingredients of a vibrant society in a limited-run series from the BBC, The Reith Lectures: The Rule of Law and Its Enemies. The series begins Monday, July 30 at 8 p.m. and continues into August, temporarily preempting It's Your World. See details of each episode.

  You Can Never Have Too Many Blackberries
blackberry cocktail This thorny bramble can be an invasive pest. But pluck off a few of its big, juicy berries, and all is forgiven. Kitchen Window's Deena Prichep shares recipes -- for Blackberry-Rosemary Focaccia, The Huck Finn Cocktail, and Salmon With Blackberry Creme Fraiche Sauce -- that are worth all the scratches.
Ticket Giveaway ~ Yanni at the Civic Center
With his world-class orchestra, Yanni performs music from his latest album Truth of Touch, as well as classic concert favorites, at the Civic Center Music Hall on August 15. Enter our drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away five additional pairs of tickets to the Avett Brothers in concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on July 27. Congratulations to Angela, Jody, Heather, Phil, and Jane!