Hang in there, friends...warmer days (eventually) ahead! ☃️

Here's what's In The Moment this week.
The mothers that laid groundwork for their sons. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin are easily recognizable, influential figures. But before they were born, their mothers were already shaping a world of change and activism. Learn more on this week’s TED Radio Hour, this Saturday, February 4 at 10 a.m. on KWGS 89.5 FM

Tune in for the State of the Union Address. President Biden will deliver the State of the Union address to a joint meeting of Congress this Tuesday, February 7 at 8 p.m. followed by the Republican Party response. Tune in to KWGS 89.5 FM for special coverage from NPR. 

For all artists and NPR lovers alike. Get the band together! Tighten up your melodies! Entries for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest open next Tuesday. Prepare your best in-house concert, record it and submit your entry HERE. When you're finished, let us know so we can follow your Tiny Desk journey! 
DA’s daughter found not guilty. Jennifer Kunzweiler, daughter of District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, was found not guilty of charges related to the stabbing of her father because of lack of criminal intent and a cycle of mental illness. Her lawyer said that the verdict had little to do with her position as a member of a powerful Tulsa family.

Local education leader criticizes superintendent’s proposal. Last Monday, State Superintendent Ryan Walters floated a proposal that Tulsa Public Schools should be broken up into smaller districts to improve performance. Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association President Shawna Mott-Wright condemned this idea as “the dumbest idea ever.” Read more HERE
Dropped lawsuit in statewide spending debacle. 
May 2022 — An investigation found that federal emergency relief funds were misused for all kinds of questionable expenses.
Aug. 2022 — ClassWallet, a Florida-based company that managed the program, blamed the state for lack of oversight; still, former Attorney General John O’Connor filed a lawsuit against the company.
Feb. 2023 — Attorney General Gentner Drummond dropped the state’s lawsuit. Read why HERE
Pulling back the on-air-curtain. You hear their voices everyday through your radio, but who are these elusive Public Radio Tulsa hosts? In Behind The Mic, I’ll chat with your favorite local radio personalities to hear more about what they’re interested in, loving and doing outside the studio and how they got to the station to begin with. First up: sports analogist, gardener, sleuth, development extraordinaire, Judith Nole

This combat veteran’s specialty: engagement rings. Picture this: a veteran gets off the plane, greets family and friends and after being reunited with their partner, gets down on one knee and proposes. The perfect proposal, right? The only problem: getting an expensive ring to Afghanistan beforehand. Former ranger Andrew Wolgemuth created a solution by launching a jewelry company that produces 3D-printed model rings. Read more HERE.    

Tiny Desk Concerts kicks off Black History Month. It’s Black History Month! To kick off a month of carefully curated performances, Lady Wray graces the Tiny Desk stage with a soulful set that exudes strength and joy. Watch HERE and keep your eye out for more concerts this month. 

And please...stay safe, friends.
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