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"We tell stories in a way no one else can, we lift up voices no one else does, we'll bring you the news but we'll also bring you the joy in a way no other medium can." 
NPR Book Editor Petra Mayer, who passed away last week at 46,  
talking about public radio in a 2018 interview

Here's what's In The Moment this week.
AROUND THE STATION
Talkin' turkey, 2021! Thanksgiving cooking and entertaining are fraught with drama. The kids want the old faves! You want to serve tapas! Where do we seat those four extra guests?? Well, sneak yourself a piece of pecan bourbon pie and relax, because Francis Lam and guests are here to help. Listen to The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on KWGS 89.5 FM!

Life's rough edges. One day in 1961, a famous physicist posed this question to a group of undergrad students at Caltech: "If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence was passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words?" This Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. on RadioLab: How some of our favorite thinkers answered that question, and what that means about being alive right now.

Goodbye, Work BFF! If you've been to a Public Radio Tulsa event in the last five years, listened to All Things Considered during our Fall Fund Drive, or browsed our website, you've met Public Radio Tulsa Development Associate Meghann Ray. Meghann's final day at Public Radio Tulsa is tomorrow; she leaves us for another wonderful opportunity to share her passion for building a just and equitable world. Meghann, it has been a privilege to work with you. Don't be a stranger! 
THE LOCAL BEAT
Jones execution hours away. Barring action from Governor Kevin Stitt, Julius Jones will be executed by lethal drug injection at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Last night, Jones supporters held a vigil outside the governor's mansion. The state Pardon and Parole Board has twice recommended clemency for Jones, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of Paul Howell.

Republican redistricting plan moves ahead. The Republican-proposed plan that would move largely Hispanic communities in South Oklahoma City from the 5th to the rural 3rd Congressional District Oklahoma easily passed the state house on Wednesday. State legislators are meeting in special session to consider several redistricting bills. 

"We've got to rise up against medical tyranny." Republican lawmakers and conspiracy theorists headlined an anti-vaccine, anti-mask rally at the state capitol Monday. The rhetoric included misleading or false claims about COVID vaccines and mask use.
KEEPING BODY & SOUL TOGETHER
Pretty lights everywhere (and hot cocoa). Thanksgiving Day might be a titch busy...so why not plan to do something lovely the day after? Friday, November 26th kicks off two beloved Tulsa traditions: Philbrook Festival Nights, with the Philbrook Gardens festooned in lights, and the Tulsa Botanic Garden of Lights (there are even fancy Date Night packages available!). Both require timed-entry tickets, so plan ahead!

Meditating with Marilynne. Award-winning writer Marilynne Robinson received Tulsa City-County Library's Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2020. But she never made it to Tulsa (thanks, COVID). That will be remedied next month, when Robinson finally will receive her award. This month in Imprint, Rebecca Howard shares which of Robinson's novels is her favorite, and is worth reading, and reading, and reading again. 

Survival as a creative act. We're wrapping up another hard year. And maybe you're taking a look around and feeling...stuck. Not the same as you were pre-pandemic, yet not sure how to move forward. Maybe THESE suggestions from NPR's Life Kit will help us rethink, reframe, and regain control of our narrative.

Broadway, welcome to the Tiny Desk. The musical comedy Company is back in production after going dark for 20 months (thanks again, COVID), and the cast has invited us to THIS Tiny Desk concert/party to celebrate. Jazz hands, everybody!

And please...stay safe, friends.
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