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August 9, 2012
Also in this Issue:
The Election Battleground
Federal Funding Update
Highlighting Diversity
Chilling Recipes
More Yanni Tickets

torch If you've been keeping up with coverage of the Olympic Games in London, by now you know a great deal about some of the American athletes. Turning the tables a bit, the This Is NPR blog allowed us behind the scenes to get "up close and personal" with NPR's veteran reporters covering the Games. And thanks to The Torch, the blog for all things Olympic, we also get some unusual and offbeat stories from London. Great effort, team!


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NPR Election Series: First and Main
street signs As the candidates ramp up their campaigns for the November 6 presidential election, 'swing' states may determine the outcome. Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has begun a new series, First and Main, reporting from communities in battleground states across the country to find out what's foremost on people's minds in this election season.

The first reports were from Florida; they're archived at Listen for the next installments from Wisconsin later this month and more profiles from Colorado and other battleground states in the coming months.

Federal Funding Uncertain for Public Broadcasting
Congress is gearing up for another round of appropriations bills to fund the federal government's operations, and it appears funding for public broadcasting will once again be targeted for elimination. Federal Funding UpdateFederal funding accounts for approximately 10 percent of KGOU's annual budget.

Congress directed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to investigate and report on funding alternatives that could replace the federal monies that public television and radio stations receive. CPB's report examined the prospects of several new or potential funding streams, but concluded that they are not viable alternatives that could sustain the current level of service. The report is online, if you want to read it.

For KGOU listeners who have asked what they can do to encourage Congress to continue funding public broadcasting, there is an advocacy organization, 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, that can help you contact your Congressman with that message. But whatever your viewpoint, feel free to let your Congressman know.

NPR to Launch Diversity Initiative
NPR News Over the next several months, NPR will launch a major journalism initiative to deepen coverage of race, ethnicity and culture, and to capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America. NPR is currently assembling a new six-person team whose task will be to produce compelling stories and present new voices and conversations online and on-air.

"This new team and defined area of coverage will empower NPR to cover news and issues across the U.S. more fully, delivering on our promise for NPR to look and sound like America," said NPR CEO Gary Knell. The initiative is funded by a two-year, $1.5 million grant from CPB. For more on Knell's vision for NPR, check out his conversation with Thomas Friedman at last month's Aspen Ideas Festival.

New NPR Blog Highlights People Making a Difference
putting a puzzle together Here's a chance to report good news: A new blog at, Participation Nation, is collecting stories about the things Americans are doing to make their communities better.

Hosted by NPR's Linton Weeks, the blog spotlights good deeds from across the country, and will culminate with a story on Labor Day that Weeks calls "a story OF Americans BY Americans FOR Americans." To share who's making a difference in your community, email

Top 100 NPR Books: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels
For proof that teen fiction isn't just for teens anymore, look to NPR Books' listener poll on the all-time favorite Young Adult novels. A whopping 75,220 fans voted, with more than 1200 books submitted for consideration. And the results are in, but it wasn't easy to cull the list of nominations down to the top 100. Is your favorite on the list?

  Grown Up Ice Pops for the Young at Heart
popsicles Nothing says summer like an icy popsicle at the end of a hot day. Food writer Rina Rapuano makes this childhood treat appealing with grown-up flavors like Sangria, Sweet-Corn and Blueberry, Goat Cheese and Honey, and Lime-Jalapeno ice pops. Recipes are at's Kitchen Window.
More Tickets! ~ Yanni and his Orchestra at the Civic Center
In our last e-Newsletter, KGOU gave away five pairs of tickets to Yanni's upcoming concert at the Civic Center Music Hall on August 15. Our winners are Becca, Richard, Eugene, Melissa and Mary Ann! Five more winners will join them, so if you haven't already, enter our drawing for your chance to win! (If you entered the first drawing, you're automatically entered in this one, too.) Congratulations to our first batch of winners and good luck!