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KGOU e-Newsletter
March 6, 2014
Also in this Issue:
Tornado Safety Public Forum
Investigation of FBI Case
Students Win Awards
SXSW - Be There From Here
Ticket Giveaway

the Dowager Countess March Madness is upon us, but I'm not talking basketball. Public radio and public television are vying for the top spot in this fun bracket from WHYY. Who in radio can beat the #1 seed, the Dowager Countess of PBS' Downton Abbey? Vote for your favorites! 


Speaking of madness, we're planning for our spring membership drive coming up later this month, and looking for phone volunteers. Have you seen our Top 10 Reasons to volunteer? If you can help, please sign up, or contact me with your questions.  


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News Series: NPR Borderland
sign Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep and NPR correspondents are driving both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, illuminating vital issues along the way. They'll travel east to west, starting at the Brownsville, Texas/Matamoros, Mexico border and making their way to Tijuana.

Every story will involve a crossing -- of people, goods, money or culture -- from one side of the border to the other. NPR's regional correspondents John Burnett, Kelly McEvers, Ted Robbins, and Carrie Kahn will also file reports. The series airs beginning March 19, but you can follow their journey now on Tumblr.

Oklahoma Tornado Project Forum: Storm Safety
clouds over rural pond Tornado preparedness and storm safety will be discussed at a public forum on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the Moore Public Library, Room A.

Join KGOU and our special reporting project, Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project, along with scheduled panelists Rick Smith, who is Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service, Harold Brooks, a researcher at NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Michaelann Ooten from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. More details and a map are on our Community Events Calendar. Hope to see you there!

ThThis American Lifeis American Life Investigates FBI Shooting
This week's This American Life is a 'don't miss' episode, Dead Men Tell No Tales. It's the story of an FBI shooting last May of an unarmed man vaguely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. A reporter spent five months investigating, and discovered some other FBI activity going on at the time that never made the news. Tune in Saturday, March 8 at 12 noon.

KGOU Students Win OBEA Awards
Assignment Radio KGOU's talented student broadcasters won several awards from the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association recently. Our student-produced program, Assignment: Radio, won first place in the Entertainment/Talk category for the episode on "Firsts", and individual producers swept the Long-form Journalism category. Congratulations to Hayley Thornton, Brant Morrell, Kate Carlton, and Meredith Everett for their excellent work! See our Awards page for the details and listening links.

After Five Decades, Carl Kasell Retires (Again)
Carl Kasell Carl Kasell, longtime newscaster and Official Scorekeeper for Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, will be retiring from working life later this spring. He stepped out of the newscast booth a couple of years ago. He has bestowed the prize on quiz winners -- his voice greeting on their home answering machines -- and now it's your turn. Leave Carl a message at 1-888-924-8924, and choose the second option. We'll miss you, Carl!

St. Vincent NPR Music: Live SXSW Event Webcast
NPR Music returns to Austin for coverage of the 2014 South by Southwest Festival. Coverage kicks off with a genre-blending lineup of artists for an NPR Music-hosted showcase on Wednesday, March 12, featuring St. Vincent, Damon Albarn, and more. But no need to travel to Austin -- you can enjoy the music from here, with a live webcast. More from NPR Music.

book spine Read and Discuss The Grapes of Wrath
As The Grapes of Wrath celebrates its 75th anniversary in print this spring, NPR's Monkey See blog is hosting a nationwide book club, reading and discussing John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl classic. See the discussion of the first 10 chapters, and join in on the next 10 on March 24.
Menahem Pressler Ticket Giveaway ~ Menahem Pressler/New York Chamber Soloists
A founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler has established himself among the world's most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans over five decades. On March 18, Pressler directs the New York Chamber Soloist Orchestra at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond. KGOU has tickets to give away -- enter the drawing for a chance to win.

Congratulations to our winners!
KGOU gave away tickets galore in the previous e-Newsletter; Jeanette, Ernie, Karl, Ginger and Jim won free passes to see the stage production of War Horse across the big screen of a moviehouse; and Julie and Judy won tickets to Armstrong Auditorium's presentation of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel. Congratulations!