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October 25, 2012
Also in this Issue:
Election Coverage Plans
Membership Update
China's Leadership Change
Ticket Giveaway

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State Election Resources Available
informed voter You may have decided long ago how you'll vote in the presidential race, but the Oklahoma ballot may still be a big question mark to you. Questions range from taxation, Affirmative Action, and bond issues, to overseeing DHS and the parole process -- six state constitutional amendments will be decided by Oklahoma voters on Nov. 6. StateImpact Oklahoma has resources in its 2012 Ballot Question Handbook, and KGOU's Oklahoma Voices examines the questions and other races on the ballot on Monday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.

Election Night Coverage from KGOU and NPR
Election 2012 Robert Siegel and Melissa Block will host NPR Election Night coverage, which begins at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. NPR Washington Editor Ron Elving, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, and Political Junkie Ken Rudin will be at NPR HQ. They'll be joined by NPR Contributors E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and Matt Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon, plus exit poll analysis from Andrew Kohut and Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center.

KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney will be monitoring Oklahoma races, with help from OETA, and will have state results and analysis of key races and the state questions.

If warranted, NPR coverage will extend into the night, with Guy Raz and Audie Cornish stepping into the anchor chairs at 11 p.m.

Fall Membership Drive Update
Mission: Possible!KGOU's fall membership drive proved to be a "Mission: Possible" culminating in more than $189,000 in pledges, with more trickling in. Our thanks go to the more than 1300 new, renewing and rejoining members who pledged support, and also to those who offered matching funds: KGOU members, Gene Rainbolt, Cliff Hudson, Majors Energy, Joe's Place, Stan and Raina Pelofsky, and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

We also thank our wonderful, dedicated phone volunteers, and Jason's Deli and Gaberino's Homestyle Italian Restaurant for providing food for the drive. It's not too late to join in the mission -- our online pledge forms are always available.

NPR News Series: China - Change or Crisis?
Chinese flag As China's new leadership prepares to take power this month, NPR examines the challenges and opportunities it faces. Despite an economy that has grown phenomenally and rapidly, the problems facing the world's most populous country are daunting.

A five-part series from NPR foreign correspondents Louisa Lim and Frank Langfitt airs on All Things Considered, beginning Monday, Oct. 29. Check out this series and more from NPR's Foreign Desk.

Three-minute fictionThree-Minute Fiction: Editors' Favorites
For Round 9 of All Things Considered's popular writing contest, judge Brad Meltzer asked for original short fiction that revolves around a U.S. president, real or fictional. The winning story will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 4, and will also be published in The Paris Review's December issue. Editors have chosen a few of their favorite entries for your reading pleasure at
Nathan Gunn
Ticket Giveaway ~ Nathan Gunn, Baritone at Armstrong Auditorium
Grammy-winning opera superstar Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most in-demand baritones of our day, and he appears at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Gunn will explore songs of Gustav Mahler, Samuel Barber and Robert Schumann, followed by favorites from the American songbook. Enter our drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets!