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Jim Johnson

KGOU Program Manager / Host of The Weekend Blues

Jim is a journalism/mass communications graduate from the University of Oklahoma. While still a student, he became the host of what is now The Weekend Blues. He currently serves as KGOU’s Program Director where he supervises all aspects of KGOU’s on-air programming output. 

Jim serves as Program Chair for Jazz in June, Norman’s annual Jazz and Blues festival. He also enjoys singing and playing in a Blues/Rock band (guitar) in various venues around the metro.

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APM Reports

Apprenticeships can provide a ticket to the middle class for people who’ve been left behind by “college for all.” Supporters on both the right and the left say the “earn while you learn” approach can help create a more skilled workforce, provide a path to solid, middle-class careers, and serve as a needed corrective to the “college for all” push that has left some students with piles of debt and no obvious career.

The Minstrel Era exhibit at the American Banjo Museum
American Banjo Museum

Many children of the 1970s and 1980s can trace their first taste of the banjo to Kermit the Frog, sitting alone, forlorn but hopeful, strumming his banjo and singing at the beginning of The Muppet Movie. Kermit’s song, “The Rainbow Connection,” was the breakout hit of the 1979 movie, and served as a positive introduction to the banjo.

APM Reports

Mario Martinez and Katy Sorto were the first in their families to go to college. They started at community college in 2008 hoping to earn degrees, but the odds were against them.

Katherine Zhou / APM Reports

If you want to move up in America, go to college. That’s the advice people get. And there’s loads of evidence that a college degree will improve your economic prospects. But a new project by a group of economists shows that some colleges are doing a much better job than others when it comes to promoting social mobility.

Shelby Simpson

A handful of dancers bust out classic 90’s hip hop moves inside the Race Dance Company studio in Oklahoma City. As they pause to pose, Enid-born author-turned-playwright Shelby Simpson took her place in the center of the room.

Simpson’s second book, We’re All Bad In Bed, revels in embarrassing and awkward sexual moments. Simpson tackles her own sexual misdeeds and those of her friends. And soon, Simpson will reveal these sexual escapades before a live audience in a stage adaptation that incorporates theater, rap and hip-hop dance.

The year 1968 will long be remembered for its political and social upheaval. As Americans reeled from the assassinations of two prominent leaders and sentiment deepened against the Vietnam War, politicians from both parties struggled to respond to aggravated constituents and build consensus.  

The year 1968 will long be remembered for its political and social upheaval. As Americans reeled from the assassinations of two prominent leaders and sentiment deepened against the Vietnam War, politicians from both parties struggled to respond to aggravated constituents and build consensus.  

The year 1968 will long be remembered for its political and social upheaval. As Americans reeled from the assassinations of two prominent leaders and sentiment deepened against the Vietnam War, politicians from both parties struggled to respond to aggravated constituents and build consensus.  

KGOU offers an hour-long public forum and debate over State Question 788. 

 Presented by Oklahoma Watch, the May 16th forum features Dr. Jean Hausheer, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Associtation; Frank Grove, chairman of Vote Yes on 788 and president of the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma; and Rep. John Paul Jordan.    

Rockabilly, punk, surf & blues are more than musical genres. For many they represent a certain attitude, outlook and even… a way of life. Those who subscribe to such an outlook accept no substitutes or imposters. That’s where The Vibro Kings come in. This Oklahoma-based trio’s music reflects a genuine appreciation for the aforementioned genres and the kind of ethos each tends to reflect. These guys are serious about their craft and what it says about them & their fans.

The Lucky Losers

The Lucky Losers is a band featuring vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/ harmonica ace Phil Berkowitz.Their music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s - with harmonies reminiscent of Delaney and Bonnie. 

FOI Oklahoma

Freedom Of Information Oklahoma, a non-profit organization formed to promote openness in government, held a 2-hour 2018 gubernatorial candidate debate April 28, 2018. The event took place on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and was presented in partnership with UCentral Media and UCO Mass Communication Department. 

This March 1, 2006 file photo shows civil rights pioneer Clara Luper in Oklahoma City.
AP Photo/Ty Russell, File

This week's Sunday Radio Matinee feature continues our commemoration of Black History Month as KGOU presents "A Conversation With... Clara Luper", an OETA production that offers personal interviews with famous and influential Oklahomans about their lives and contributions to the state.

The Invention Of Race

Feb 11, 2018
Gomes de Zurara, the Portuguese inventor of blackness (and whiteness), highlighted, on The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal.
Harvey Barrison

Compiled by Award-winning producer John Biewen from the “Seeing White” series on his “Scene on Radio” podcast, The Invention of Race traces the development of racial and racist ideas from the ancient world — when there was no notion of race — up to the founding of the United States.  

State representatives Scott Inman, D-Del City, and Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, debate on the Oklahoma House floor on May 27, 2016.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The primary work of the second legislative special session of the year is over.

On Friday afternoon, Governor Mary Fallin signed SB0001XX and SB0002XX to provide supplemental funding for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Department of Human Services to get the agencies through April. The Senate passed the bills on Wednesday and the House of Representatives passed them on Friday, without any no votes, to send them to the governor.

Radiolab / WNYC

The Supreme Court of the United States reconvenes this October 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.

Concert Billing Art

Among the great joys of hosting The Weekend Blues is the opportunity I have to talk to so many incredible musicians. On September 19th I had the pleasure of doing just that with the “Soul Queen Of New Orleans.” If that wasn’t enough, Irma Thomas took a second phone call from me on October 13th to share with us how things were going in the early days of her package tour with the Blind Boys Of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

Here are some of the highlights of those two brief conversations:

Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

Three agencies that serve many of the state’s most vulnerable residents are facing additional budget cuts. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) has notified the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) they must make cuts to fill the state’s $215 million budget hole. 

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.

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