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NPR Ombudsman
2:48 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

The Meaning Behind The Panda-monium On NPR

Smithsonian's National Zoo shows Mei Xiang's giant panda cub undergoing an exam on Oct. 11, 2013, at the zoo in Washington.
Bill Clements AP

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:12 pm

The government shutdown dominated NPR news in October for obvious reason, but listener Kirk Morledge of Middleton, Wis., detected a bias.

"Why oh why so many stories about pandas??!!," he wrote. "Who cares? What gives? Why pandas and not baby kangaroos or cute little muskrats?"

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NPR Ombudsman
4:15 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

A Fair And Balanced Look At Mara Liasson

National political correspondent Mara Liasson on election night in 2012.
Stephen Voss

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 1:29 pm

What to do about NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson?

This is a regular issue raised by some NPR listeners who object to Liasson's second role as a contributor to Fox News. They say that she, like Fox, tilts to the right.

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This is KGOU
8:34 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Life-Long Learning – At Home And Around The World

Credit Jeffrey Beall / Flickr Creative Commons

At 27, I’m one of the younger members of the KGOU staff. I started my career in public radio at KGOU at 19, while still very much a naïve college student. Working on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, sometimes it feels like I never left college.

Fortunately, if you never leave higher education, you never stop learning. Public radio stimulates my curiosity, and teaches me something new every single day. In this 21st Century fast-paced digital landscape, a conversation that once opened with “I heard it on KGOU…” has been replaced with a text message that usually starts with “TIL” (for “Today I Learned…”).

That thirst for knowledge is quenched every day by what I hear on KGOU. 

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Fall Membership Drive
11:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Invest in Your Continuing Education

Renee Montagne on assignment in the Middle East.
Credit Tom Bullock

I have a great admiration of journalists. I think it’s a fascinating profession, but more importantly, I believe it is necessary and noble work.

The ability to understand a subject, look at it from all sides and present it in a way that makes sense to the reader, listener or viewer takes skill and knowledge. 

Journalism is a public service dedicated to accuracy and truth.  It is vital for a free society to have reporters asking questions, verifying information and presenting it to the public. 

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This is KGOU
5:34 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Community And Sense of Place

The "community" of Norman, Ok... gathering for a 2013 Summer Breeze concert.
Credit Jim Johnson

As a junior attending the University of Oklahoma in 1991, “self” was very much my focus. I had time for little else, it seemed. After all, I was working hard to finance my way through school (and life) and wondering what my place in this world would be once I graduated when an opportunity to actually gain some experience in broadcasting came about.

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Fall Membership Drive
6:57 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Consider the Suspension Bridge: It's Public Radio

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Manish Rai Jain Flickr Creative Commons

Yes, I'm really going to compare public radio to a suspension bridge. They're very similar, don't you think?

And not just in the obvious ways.

It's easy to see that like a suspension bridge, public radio is a connector between communities, a way to get from Here to There, a conduit for the free exchange between points -- geographic or intellectual -- that seemed forever destined to be separated.

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This is KGOU
8:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Food For The Curious Mind

This baby Joe, one of the curious cats, at rest. To get a photo of him in his curious mode was impossible.

I have a couple of young cats in my household and I keep waiting for them to grow older and become more sedate like the 8 year olds.  

My house is “cat-proofed” and still, I’ve had to replace lampshades and window blinds.  They are always looking for new things in their environment – rings from the milk bottle, a new box, a shopping bag and the moth hiding on the ceiling. 

But honestly, the myth of the curious cat is no myth.  And -- I like their antics, I think, because they mirror my own mind.

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This is NPR
4:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Ask Me Anything: Sylvia Poggioli Answers Redditors' Questions

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Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 4:27 pm

NPR's Rome-based senior European correspondent Sylvia Poggioli fielded topics ranging from Pope Francis and the Vatican and rising xenophobia in Europe to the one thing she wished more Americans knew about Europe and her favorite TV show (The Wire!) during her Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Thursday.


Highlights

On Pope Francis

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NPR Ombudsman
12:08 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Patriotism Of NPR And Its Sponsor Al Jazeera America

Joie Chen, host of the new Al Jazeera America nightly news program America Tonight, sits at the anchor desk in the network's studio space at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 3:54 pm

Al Jazeera America, the new cable news network owned by the Emirate of Qatar, has been running sponsorship ads on NPR for the last month as part of its launch campaign.

Some listeners are upset, accusing NPR of being unpatriotic or naïve. Some add that it also has been unethical. Three NPR stories about the new English-language channel did not mention the sponsorship. Most of the complaints, recalling the coverage by Al Jazeera's Arabic network of American deaths early in the Iraq war, are obviously heartfelt.

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This is KGOU
2:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

KGOU Takes Jazz Lovers “Backstage” With New Program

Jeremy Gossett with Kini Kay at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit Jeremy Gossett Productions

Following a “soft” launch in July, KGOU commits to full season of Backstage Jazz.

Hosted by resident jazz lover and independent producer Jeremy Gossett, Backstage Jazz is the culmination of Gossett’s three-year quest to create a radio program that showcases both regionally-admired and internationally recognized jazz artists. Gossett told the Oklahoma Gazette what he means by “Backstage”.

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