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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. 

This week's Sunday Radio Matinee feature: 

Sunday, September 27, 2020 @ noon  

Political Junkie: Great Moments in Presidential Debates

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. 

Join Political Junkie Ken Rudin for a review of many of these great moments from past presidential debates, with commentary from several journalists and historians on how those moments may have helped pave the way for the winner to reach the White House. 

Ken's guests include:   

  • Bob Schieffer, former moderator of CBS’ Face the Nation and moderator of debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012
  • Marvin Kalb, former CBS and NBC News correspondent; panelist in second 1984 presidential debate
  • Jon Margolis, former Washington correspondent for The Chicago Tribune; panelist in 1988 VP debate
  • Alan Schroeder, journalism professor at Northeastern University and author of Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail


Past Sunday Radio Matinee Features:

Ways to Connect

Fred T. Korematsu Institute

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. It had been just ten weeks since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. The order required Japanese-Americans to report to detention camps in the U.S., on short notice and with few possessions, and it was justified for national security. A young Japanese-American named Fred Korematsu refused to go and was convicted of violating the order.

OU Center For Middle East Studies

The United States and Iran haven’t had formal diplomatic relations since the so-called Islamic Revolution which led to the 1979 ouster of the Shah and capture of fifty-two American diplomats and citizens for some 444 days. 

The January 3, 2020 U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is the latest escalation of tensions between the two nations and the impetus for a recent public forum sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Middle East Studies. 

Without gospel music there never would have been an Aretha Franklin, an Elvis Presley, a Ray Charles, a James Brown, or an Al Green.

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.

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.

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.  


In this hour-long special, KGOU’s Dick Pryor speaks with David Boren, who retired as president of the University of Oklahoma on June 30, 2018 after serving in the position for over two decades.

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.  

Intelligence Squared U.S.

Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy? 

Hearing Voices: For The Fallen

May 28, 2018
Troops salute a grave in a cemetery marked with crosses
NPR / Hearing Voices

Green Beret and poet, Colonel Robert Schaefer, US Army, hosts this 'Hearing Voices' Memorial Day special featuring the voices of veterans remembering their comrades: We talk with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems, and journals, as part of the NEA project: “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.” We hear interviews from StoryCorps, an essay from This I Believe, and the sounds of a Military Honor Guard, recorded by Charles Lane.

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.    

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. 

IQ2 "Is Belief In God Obsolete?"
Intelligence Squared U.S. / IQ2US

Does God have a place in 21st century human affairs? For many, the answer is an unapologetic yes. Belief in a higher power, they argue, is the foundation of human consciousness and the soul of all social, political, and scientific progress. 

Further, some claim, humans are biologically predisposed to embrace religion and require faith to live moral lives. 

Others are far more skeptical. For them, adherence to faith and religious tradition serves only to fracture communities and prevent humanity from embracing a more enlightened, reasoned, and just social order. 

The Boren Legacy

Apr 22, 2018
University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services

Join KGOU Sunday, April 22nd at noon for "The Boren Legacy", an intimate conversation with outgoing University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren and First Lady Molly Shi Boren on the influence and impact of their leadership during their tenure at OU.  "The Boren Legacy" is a production of OU's Video & Media Services

Civil rights activist and educator, Dr. George Henderson shares his experience in the struggle for racial equality during a November 3, 2011 broadcast of OETA's "A Conversation With..."

This week's Sunday Radio Matinee feature concludes our commemoration of Black History Month as we present "A Conversation With... George Henderson" (an OETA production featuring personal interviews with famous and influential Oklahomans about their lives and contributions to the state). In this episode, George Henderson, a noted activist, human relations scholar and educator, joins host Dick Pryor for a discussion on racial equality.

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.  

In a new hour-long special, "Sexual Harassment: A Moment of Reckoning," Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro takes a deep dive into a national conversation that is growing louder by the day.