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December 19, 2013
Also in this Issue:
Holiday Specials
Year-end Giving
The Number of the Year
Christmas Cookie Recipes

cartoon carolersThank you for making KGOU part of your world this year -- we're ending 2013 on a high note because of you and other listeners. And speaking of high notes, I'm off to record myself for Morning Edition's carol singalong. I hope you have the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holiday seasons!


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KGOU Holiday Specials Begin Tomorrow
St. John the Divine cathedral From the winter solstice through New Year's Day, KGOU has a great slate of holiday programming planned for your listening enjoyment. Holiday specials begin tomorrow night with a special episode of Backstage Jazz at 9 p.m., followed by perennial favorite The Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring the music of the Paul Winter Consort and special guests.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will feature an audio re-telling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, plus Jazz Piano Christmas and storytelling favorites Tinsel Tales from NPR.

On New Year's Eve we have the jazziest coast-to-coast ringing in of the new year with Toast of the Nation. Also, how can we begin a new year without thoroughly lambasting the old one? The Capitol Steps provide a lighthearted send-up of the news in 2013 with their annual awards edition of Politics Takes a Holiday. Get all the dates, times, performers and details on our Special Programs page.

Kim Rollins coordinates getting donated ornaments to victims Oklahoma Tornado Project Story on WESat Dec. 21
Oklahoma Tornado Project reporter Kate Carlton's story about a woman's gift of Christmas ornaments to tornado victims will gain a national audience on Saturday during Weekend Edition (7 - 9 a.m.). The story aired on Monday morning on KGOU, and if you missed it, you can listen from the archives or tune in Saturday morning. The project is produced by KGOU with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

hourglass Year-end Giving Deadline Nears
2013 has been a big news year -- events and issues have had far-reaching consequences, and KGOU and our network program providers have been here for you, covering news around the globe and here in our own backyard, too. There will be no shortage of news in 2014, and contributions from listeners like you ensure that we will have the resources to cover all the stories you want to know about in the coming year.

Donations from thousands of listeners keep the news, information and entertainment you hear on KGOU independent and trustworthy. If you're thinking of making a contribution specifically for 2013, please use our secure online form for credit or debit card by Dec. 31. Thank you for making 2013 a great year for KGOU, and here's to a happy and prosperous (and informed!) new year!

NPR Announces Gifts Totaling $17 Million
NPR headquarters On-air and online coverage of education, global health and economic development, and racial issues will get a boost from $17 million in grants to NPR. The reporting initiatives on education and global health and development will each receive $3 million to fund six-person reporting teams. One grant will also go to sustain Code Switch, NPR's race, ethnicity and culture reporting initiative, which began in April.

The grants are from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Ford Foundation, and individual contributions from three NPR board members and their spouses. More details about the reporting projects and the gifts are in this story in the New York Times and at the This is NPR blog.

NPR News Series: The Number of the Year
1, 2, 3 As 2013 wraps up, NPR asked its reporters and producers for the numbers that tell the story of 2013 -- numbers that crystallize an important idea or trend from this year. Their answers ranged from ZERO (Twitter's revenue) to A TRILLION (the total owed in U.S. student debt).

Before the end of the year, NPR plans approximately 30 on-air stories, plus a social media callout with the hashtag #nprnoty, where you can share the most important number of your year. ("Three" from a dad of triplets? $36,000 in wedding expenses? 48 resumes sent out before finding a job?) The series began this past Sunday, and airs across NPR newsmagazines through the end of the year.

star cookies The Stars Come Out For Holiday Bakers
According to Italian tradition, the star-following Magi stopped by La Befana's house on the way to Bethlehem. Food writer T. Susan Chang found a recipe for Christmas cookies called La Befana's Stars, plus a couple more. See them at the Kitchen Window.
Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away lots of free passes to the Fathom Events satellite cinema presentation of Noel Coward's play, Private Lives. Our winners were Elaine, Marge, Beth, Teresa, Robert, Mary Jo, and Jim -- hope you enjoyed the show! Watch this space for more giveaways in 2014.