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The final hour of a membership drive is usually the most challenging 60 minutes for the KOSU staff. After a solid week of making the on-air case for support, our voices are weaker and our eyelids are heavier by the end of the drive. So imagine our surprise when NPR’s legendary legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, and her producer, Art Silverman, strolled into our Oklahoma City studio during the final hour of the spring 2016 member drive to help us reach our goal.

We're happy to offer several special benefits for KOSU members during the 2016 Spring Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 6).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2016 Keep It Local card.

The Keep It Local card help you discover the best local spots in town by rewarding you with discounts and incentives at locally-owned and locally-loved businesses across the state of Oklahoma.

As listeners are hearing today on Morning Edition, longtime sports commentator Frank Deford, a Wednesday morning fixture on NPR for more than three decades, is going to appear less frequently on NPR in the future.

Deford, who has been delivering his Sweetness and Light commentary weekly since 1980 (except for a two-year hiatus in 1989–90), will now be heard on the first Wednesday of the month. Varied new commentators—there's no set roster—will fill the sports slot the other weeks.

In a change that's sure to send ripples through a media empire built on a thoughtful and rigorous approach to food, chef Chris Kimball is leaving America's Test Kitchen, the company he co-founded. Kimball's departure comes two months after the company got its first-ever CEO.

"Kimball's departure is immediate," says the Boston Common Press, the parent company of America's Test Kitchen, which says the two sides weren't able to agree over Kimball's contract. Kimball, 64, is also leaving his spot as the editor-in-chief of Cook's Illustrated magazine.

KOSU is one of 15 stations chosen after a national competition to incubate storytelling experiments and expand public media to more Americans.

The winning teams were selected from more than 200 applications from independent media talent, radio and television stations, educators, and coders.

'It's All Politics' is packing up. We have decided to suspend the blog to consolidate NPR's political news and make it easier to find.

But don't worry, we're bringing you with us. You can find the same great news coverage, analysis, fact checking and more from NPR's political team streamlined here: NPR Politics.

We're also adding some new beats and angles to our coverage — more on that to come.

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We're excited to announce that during our fall membership drive (Wednesday, October 7 to Wednesday, October 14), we will be entering every phone and web pledges into a grand prize drawing.

We're happy to offer three special benefits for KOSU members during the 2015 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, October 7 to Wednesday, October 14).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2016 Keep It Local OK card.

This office fields listener and reader concerns about a wide range of issues, but, in the seven months I have been on the job, NPR's coverage of the environment and climate change has been among the top topics. It is clear that many in the audience expect NPR to be a leader covering climate news. And NPR should lead; as one of the nation's largest news sources it is only fitting that it devote serious time and attention to one of the most important and controversial issues of our day.

In my first post on this topic, I highlighted some of the concerns that NPR audience members have raised about the network's on-air and online coverage of climate change and the environment. This follow-up post gives my own views and talks about a couple potentially very positive new NPR initiatives.

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