family http://kgou.org en Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With The Medieval Fair, Eve Of Nations http://kgou.org/post/entertaining-hours-your-week-medieval-fair-eve-nations <p>Behold maidens and dragon slayers, Norman’s <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kgou/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&amp;eventID=1499772">38th Annual Medieval Fair</a>&nbsp;takes place Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6.</p><p>Seven stages feature non-stop music and theater performances. Food vendors provide a feast of smoked turkey legs or home made root beer as fairgoers watch jousts and jugglers until the day grows olde. In addition to the royal entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths sell handmade medieval collectibles like costumes, stained glass and hand-made jewelry.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What began as a small, one-day project by the University of Oklahoma’s English Department now takes place at one of Norman’s biggest public venues, </span>Reaves<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park on Jenkins Avenue.</span></p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:03:12 +0000 Alexander Hilton 26312 at http://kgou.org Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With The Medieval Fair, Eve Of Nations Why We Need Grandpas And Grandmas (Part 1) http://kgou.org/post/why-we-need-grandpas-and-grandmas-part-1 Oldsters, it turns out, matter. They matter a lot. And not just in human families. I've been reading a new book called <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/249234104/the-once-and-future-world-nature-as-it-was-as-it-is-as-it-could-be">The Once and Future World</a></em>, by J. B. MacKinnon, which points out that when we humans hunt game, when we fish the sea, we often prize the biggest animals because they have the biggest tusks, or the most protein, so they're the ones we kill first. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:17:12 +0000 Robert Krulwich 19363 at http://kgou.org Why We Need Grandpas And Grandmas (Part 1) Survey Shows Oklahoma Children's Well-Being Improves http://kgou.org/post/survey-shows-oklahoma-childrens-well-being-improves <p></p><p>An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States <a href="http://datacenter.kidscount.org/~/media/65/2013KC_state_profile_OK.pdf">shows improvement in&nbsp;Oklahoma</a>.</p><p>The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/123/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBook/2013KIDSCOUNTDataBookr.pdf">Kids Count report</a> released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:24:26 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 8419 at http://kgou.org Survey Shows Oklahoma Children's Well-Being Improves