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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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(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.  

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

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.

Susan Sarandon at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
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What are you grateful for? It's a more important question than you might think.

Showing and feeling grateful may be the true key to health and happiness.

Some of Delta 187 Rakassans
Adam Piore / Transom.org

All wars are the same, it is said; only the scenery changes. And the repercussions are pretty much the same too.

Greg Mashburn, Oklahoma District 21 District Attorney (left), and Kris Steele, Executive Director of The Education and Employment Ministry (right), debate State Questions 780 & 781 during an October 18, 2016 Oklahoma Watch-Out forum in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Watch

State Questions 780 and 781 propose making significant changes to Oklahoma’s criminal justice system in an effort to lower the state’s incarceration rates. SQ 780 proposes to change the classification of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor offenses. SQ 781 would create the County Community Safety Investment Fund to hold and redistribute any savings achieved by incarcerating fewer people for drug possession or nonviolent crimes — the intent of

Intelligence Squared U.S. "Blame Big Pharma" debate poster
IQ2 US

Health care costs in the U.S. are some 18 percent of GNP, nearly double what other rich countries spend. We read of drug therapies that cost $100,000 a year or more, and of drug price increases that are six times the rate of inflation, on average, and often much more when mergers reduce competition in the industry. Is this a major driver of excessive health care costs? Or is it a by-product of the huge costs of getting new drugs approved? Has big pharma delivered drugs that reduce the need for costly surgeries, which extend life and improve its quality?

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In 1960, the first televised presidential debates were held between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, giving voters a unique opportunity to see the two candidates up close. Since 1976, all the major party nominees for president have participated in televised debates. The issues ranged from domestic concerns to foreign policy. But these debates are also remembered to many dramatic moments and memorable gaffes that have often helped decide the outcome of the elections.

State Question 779 is among the more hotly debated initiatives on the November 8 Oklahoma ballot.  The 'vote-yes' campaign is championed by University of Oklahoma President and former U.S. Sen. David Boren. Many educators have joined Boren in support of the proposal, citing low teacher pay and difficulty in attracting educators to the state. 

IQ2 U.S. "The EPA Has Gone Too Far" debate graphic
Intelligence Squared U.S. / Intelligence Squared U.S.

Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs.  The costs are most obvious when coal companies go bankrupt, but can affect everyone indirectly through higher energy costs, slower economic growth, reduced employment, and lower business profits.   Has the Environmental Protection Agency considered the costs and benefits of its regulatory mandates fairly and appropriately?

State Question 792 is among several ballot initiatives Oklahoma voters will decide in November. If approved, the measure would revise the laws governing alcoholic beverage sales in the state. In a recent Oklahoma Watch public forumState Sen.

Futurework: How Technology Will Redefine the Culture of Work
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Technological advances have put us on the edge of a new industrial revolution. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Spectrum Magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, Rice Univ., and the Institute for the Future to give listeners insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

Willis Alan Ramsey in concert
Jim Johnson / KGOU

Willis Alan Ramsey writes curious songs that fire up the imagination: from the love affair between a honeybee and chrysanthemum to the lonely travels of a tormented vagabond named Spider John. His storytelling is so compelling and vivid that fellow songwriters across genres consider him royalty. Captain and Tennille, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Waylon Jennings, Widespread Panic, Shawn Colvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have all mined his material.

Lisa Miller descending Angel's Landing
Hearing Voices/NPR

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and KGOU's 'Sunday Radio Matinee' commemorates the occasion by offering Hearing Voices: Walk In The Park

This encore broadcast from NPR's archives takes us from Walter Pierce community Park in Washington, D.C. to Utah's Zion National Park and several other national parks in between to explore the obvious and hidden beauty that lies in these special places.  

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