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Faith Phillips had a question for her high senior English students at Stilwell High School: Is this small northeastern Oklahoma town of 4,000 people really the death capital of the United States?

The message below was sent by NPR's President and CEO John Lansing to all staff:

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Apr 27, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the world is relying on video conferencing now more than ever before to work, socialize, and stay connected.

If you're less than enthusiastic about your boss glimpsing your personal space, or you're just looking to switch it up from your boring bedroom wall, we've got you covered with ten NPR-themed Zoom backgrounds.

NPR has named a distinguished media ethicist as its sixth public editor, appointing Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute to fill the newsroom watchdog role at a time when many other major news outlets have abandoned it.

"The public editor represents the public interest in our journalism and helps hold us accountable to maintaining our high standards of journalism," NPR CEO John Lansing said in an interview. "And so [it's] really a critical position for us, particularly during this current [public health] crisis.

Years ago, when I worked at the New York Daily News, I had a busy day: two stories about CBS on the front page. They ran under a single headline that was, in my opinion, a very witty play on the title of the 1950s thriller, "Bad Day at Black Rock."

It has been less than a week since, along with 60 million Italians, I was put under a government-ordered quarantine to try to curb the spread of Italy's coronavirus outbreak, the worst outside Asia. The new slogan is #iostoacasa — I'm staying home.

As part of our continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 presidential election, KOSU will offer multiple special coverage programs this week.

We're presenting facts over fear with an NPR special on what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as a two-day call-in special, where listeners can ask medical and public health professionals their questions about the pandemic.

As part of our continuing coverage of the 2020 presidential election, KOSU will offer special coverage of the South Carolina primary this Saturday, February 29 and the Super Tuesday primaries, which includes Oklahoma, on Tuesday, March 3.

Here are the details:

Saturday, February 29

5 p.m. – America, Are We Ready? South Carolina Edition

Late last year, many listeners and readers rightly objected when NPR released statistics tracking the diversity of its on-air sources and didn't include a category for Native or Indigenous sources, because the numbers were so low.

Tonight at 6 p.m., KOSU presents “America, Are We Ready? The New Hampshire Primary,” a special live national call-in program hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and New Hamphire Public Radio's Laura Knoy.

As everyone awaits the night’s results for the New Hampshire Primary, Brian and Laura will talk with callers from around the country about this night and the process for electing our presidents.

This program will preempt Marketplace and The Daily for the day.

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