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KGOU Sunday Radio Matinee

Sundays 12 - 1 p.m.

Public radio has many excellent limited-run programs that are regularly featured in this 'variety' hour: Intelligence Squared U.S., America Abroad, Invisibilia, etc. The Sunday Radio Matinee also plays host to KGOU's own documentary productions and various other special content offerings. 

Coming Up: 

More Perfect
Credit Radiolab / WNYC

Sundays at noon through October! 

More Perfect (episodes 1-5)

The Supreme Court of the United States reconvenes this month and we thought the occasion marked the perfect opportunity to explore the history and inner workings of the highest court in the land by way of More Perfect - a 5-part special from the makers of Radiolab.  

Supreme Court decisions shape everything from marriage and money to public safety and sex. We know these are very important decisions we should all pay attention to – but they often feel untouchable and even unknowable.

Radiolab's spin-off series More Perfect connects you to the decisions made inside the court's hallowed halls, and explains what those rulings mean for "we the people" who exist far from the bench. More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings.

 

Past Sunday Radio Matinee Features: 

IQ2 U.S.

Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats?

In a wide-ranging evening of debate, General David Petraeus joins military historian Max Boot for a keynote conversation and broad look into the most pressing global challenges of the Trump era.

LBJ's War

Sep 17, 2017
PRI

A president of immense political shrewdness and skill, Lyndon Baines Johnson begins his White House tenure with a string of stunning accomplishments, and appears destined for Rushmore-level greatness.

Four years later, his presidency is in tatters, the spectacular early successes eclipsed by a single, equally spectacular failure: a ruinous and misbegotten war that will ultimately cost the lives of 58,000 Americans and upwards of two million Vietnamese.

(L to R) David Fritze, OK Watch Executive Editor; Anna Langthorn, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair; Bill Shapard, founder SoonerPoll.com; Pam Pollard, Oklahoma Republican Party Chair
Oklahoma Watch

The 2018 election season is now underway. Republicans continue to dominate state offices, but Democrats are seeing signs of momentum for their party. Each party feels that there is a lot at stake in Oklahoma's upcoming elections.  

black and white portrait
PRX.org/AIR

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the uncelebrated.

Typing hands
Re:sound

Re:sound is a collection of stories from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival.  Hosted by award-winning Gwen Macsai, and produced by Dennis Funk, 'The Writing Out of Trouble Show' is the 5th episode of a special six-part 'summer' series of programs.  This program features two stories of love through loss.   The first deals with the wife of a terminally ill man who found herself having to deal with the difficult role of being the family spokesperson providing health

Re:sound/PRX

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival. Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world. Each of the episodes explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound.

outdoor thermometer in single digits
RiverRatt3 / Flickr Creative Commons

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival. Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world. Each of the episodes explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound.

Re:Sound / PRX

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Tech & Privacy

Jul 9, 2017
John Donvan, host and moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates.
IQ2US

Do you have a secret that no one else knows?  What about Apple, Google, Facebook, Verizon, or Uber?  Are you sure they don’t know your secret?  Digital data – emails, text messages, phone records, location records, web searches – contain traces of almost every secret.  They also contain traces of almost every crime.

Panelists at a May 3rd, 2017 Oklahoma Watch-Out forum on the state of "Hunger in Oklahoma."
Patrick Roberts / KGOU

Hunger and food insecurity are practically interchangeable terms used to describe the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. According to figures released by the United States Department of Agriculture, the prevalence of food insecurity in Oklahoma between 2014 and 2015, though declining… was nevertheless higher than the national average. 

U.S. Army plane being loaded with supplies for operations overseas.
America Abroad

As the Trump administration begins ironing out its strategy in the Middle East, America Abroad examines what my lie ahead in regards to Israel, Syria, Iran, and the fight against ISIS. America Abroad: Trump's Approach to the Middle East offers broad analysis of the current situation in these areas and the choices the new president faces. This episode also examines the current state of the US State Department and how t impacts the dynamics in the region. 

John Donvan, host of Intelligence Squared U.S.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Imagine getting a check from the government every month: $600 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland, where a pilot program is being launched to test what’s known as a “universal basic income.” As technology transforms the workplace, jobs and income will become less reliable. The idea is that a universal basic income could serve as a tool to combat poverty and uncertainty in a changing society, and provide a cushion that empowers workers, giving them latitude to take risks in the job market.

IQ2US - "Charter Schools Are Overrated" debate
IQ2 US / Intelligence Squared U.S.

In the 25 years since Minnesota passed the first charter school law, these publicly funded but privately operated schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education. Many charter schools boast of high test scores, strict academic expectations, and high graduation rates. Opponents argue that charters, which are subject to fewer regulations and less oversight, lack accountability, and take much-needed resources from public schools.

Re:sound #205 The Imposter Show

Mar 19, 2017
Nate/Flickr / Flickr

What do we really know about other people’s lives? This week’s Sunday Radio Matinee feature from Re:sound explores the double lives and secret lies of imposters. Join Third Coast International Audio Festival’s Gwen Macsai for bundle of stories that prove, “What you see is not always what you get!” 

The Kitchen Sisters (L: Nikki Silva and R: Davia Nelson)
PRX.org

From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, host Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become.

The Hidden World Of Girls is a two-part program we're bringing back to commemorate Women's History Month.  Sound-rich, evocative, funny, and powerful–stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, and changed the tide.

The View From Room 205

Feb 26, 2017
WBEZ

The View from Room 205 is a one-hour documentary that takes an unflinching look at the intersection of poverty and education in this country. It tells the story of a fourth grade classroom at William Penn Elementary, a public school in one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. The documentary weaves together human stories in the school, from the children to their teacher to the principal, and pulls back to explain the big picture.

IQ2 U.S."The Special U.S.-Saudi Relationship Has Outlived Its Usefulness" (Debate)
IQ2 U.S.

Over 70 years ago, in 1945, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia met onboard the USS Quincy. A close relationship between the two countries has been maintained ever since, with oil and military and intelligence cooperation at its foundation. But the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. shale revolution, human rights concerns, and diverging interests in the Middle East, have all put strains on this relationship. And with the election of Donald Trump, it faces even more uncertainty.

IQ2 U.S."Policing Is Racially Biased" (Debate)
IQ2 U.S.

In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal justice. Since then, there have been other controversial deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement that have captured the public’s attention, from Tamir Rice, to Philando Castile.

Capitol Steps
Capitol Steps

"If only the Capitol Steps had some funny material to work with in 2016" is something that will never cross your mind when listening to their Year In Review New Year's special. All your election favorites will be there: President Elect Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin...wait, what?!? Let's not let the election divide us any further. Listen and unite in laughter! And for goodness's sake, can someone give Merrick Garland a hug?

Tinsel Tales 3: NPR Christmas Stories

Dec 25, 2016

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, Lynn Neary hosts a collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places.

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