World Views
12:44 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Why Debt-Weary Europe Should Watch Out For A Political Crisis

A demonstrator holds a sign protesting Ireland's continued bank debt - Feb. 9, 2013
Credit William Murphy / Flickr

Slow growth is plaguing many European countries as they struggle to cut their spending and debts. France's GDP has fallen for two consecutive quarters, and Greece's international lenders say unemployment will remain above 20 percent for another three years.

Mitchell Smith, the Chair of OU's Department of International and Area Studies and the Director of the European Union Center, says austerity has generated more than just economic tensions.

"I actually think the political problems a number of European countries are experiencing are even more worrisome than the economic problems," Smith says. "The eurozone countries have, at least for the time being, allayed some of the concerns of financial markets and they don't want to stir things up and start another run-up of a financial crisis."

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World Views
10:13 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Spy Vs. Spy: Latest Arrest Shows Cold War Still Resonates

Visitors flock to Red Square in Moscow
Credit Raul P / Panoramio

The embarrassing arrest of a suspected CIA officer in Moscow is the latest reminder that even after the Cold War, the United States and Russia are engaged in an espionage battle with secret tactics, spying devices, and training that sometimes isn't enough to avoid being caught.

"There's nothing new here," says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "We spy, everybody spies. There's a long history of spying between these two countries."

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Assignment: Radio
10:08 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Walking With Pride Onto Owen Field for the First Time

Credit Joey Adams

Assignment: Radio reporter Joey Adams finds out what it's like to be a part of the Pride of Oklahoma.

Daniel Rodriguez grew up about an hour from Norman. So, naturally, the Sooners were kind of a big deal. He knew from a young age, he would probably never step foot on Owen Field as a football star, but he also knew that wasn’t the only way, and in the fall of 2009, he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he sprinted onto the legendary field as a member of the Pride of Oklahoma

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Federal Government Got Oklahoma Hooked On Coal, Now It's Forcing a Detox

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:21 am

In a broadcast story last week, StateImpact talked about how Oklahoma relies heavily on six major coal-fired power plants and the Wyoming coal that’s needed to run them — despite sitting on one of the largest supplies of natural gas in the country.

We wanted to find out what explains this paradox. So we did some research and called some power companies.

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Assignment: Radio
7:28 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

How To Find Yourself While Traveling The World: A Personal Essay

Credit Ana Noshpal

Traveling abroad is a tricky thing. You learn and experience so much, meet new people….but it can be very isolating and lonely at times. Assignment: Radio’s Ana Noshpal tells the story of the first time she felt she had found who she was, in the context of another country. 

English: Assignment:Radio reporter Ana Noshpal's personal essay about her journey as a world traveller.

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Politics and Government
6:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

OK Receives "A" in Election Money Transparency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a grade of ``A'' from a national nonprofit group for its disclosure laws about how independent groups spend money to influence voting for certain candidates.

Oklahoma was one of 15 states to receive the top grade in the analysis released Thursday by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Assignment: Radio
3:03 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Assignment: Radio May 12, 2013

Meredith Everitt

It’s the final episode of the Spring 2013 season for the Assignment: Radio team and this week’s theme is “Firsts”. From awkward first kisses, to a first home run, the first can be the worst or something great that stays with you for the rest of your life.

The last episode of Assignment: Radio of the Spring 2013 season. The theme of this show: Firsts.

2:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Do I Need A Permit To Die In Oklahoma?

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A new law modeled after legislation written by the National Right to Life Committee could influence end-of-life decisions in Oklahoma. Critics say the law limits options, while supporters say it prevents doctors from going against the desires of patients and their families.
TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa law professor Marguerite Chapman has been studying end-of-life issues in Oklahoma for three decades and has come to a conclusion: "It's getting almost to the point that you need a government permit in order to die in this state."
Politics and Government
1:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

African-American Judges Honored By State Senate

Clockwise from top right: Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Carlos Chappelle, David Lewis, Tom Colbert
Credit Brian Hardzinski / Photo Illustration

Four groundbreaking African-American judges have been honored by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution honoring U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, Court of Criminal Appeals Judge David Lewis and Tulsa County District Court Judge Carlos Chappelle.

Miles-LaGrange was the first African-American elected chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in 2008.

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Assignment: Radio
1:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Producers: "Assignment: Radio" And Life After Graduation

Assignment: Radio alumni Meredith Everitt and Arash Davari.
Credit Meredith Everitt

Assignment: Radio producer Meredith Everitt interviews Arash Davari, the original host of the show.

The theme of this episode of Assignment: Radio is “Firsts”. So, what better way to end it than with the first host of the show?

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