Assignment: Radio http://kgou.org en Singing For Each Other http://kgou.org/post/singing-each-other <p>College a cappella choirs are more popular than ever, but at the University of Oklahoma, there’s still only one – The Redliners. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins takes us inside rehearsals and the minds of some of the Redliners the week before the final concert of the semester.</p><p></p><p>Madeline Stebbins is&nbsp; an alto in The Redliners. There are 19 Redliners, and every semester they sing pop, rock, and musical theater songs. For some of them this concert is the last one.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Madeline Stebbins 29026 at http://kgou.org Singing For Each Other Nancy Mergler Steps Down http://kgou.org/post/nancy-mergler-steps-down <p>Stepping down after nearly two decades as OU’s senior vice president and provost, Dr. Nancy Mergler is preparing for possibly the most significant transition of her career — being able to sleep at night. In a spare moment, Mergler spoke with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans about concluding the 19-year chapter of her professional life, starting as the only female provost in the Big 12 in 1995 and ending as the longest-running chief academic officer in June of this year.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Hayley Thornton 29030 at http://kgou.org Nancy Mergler Steps Down The Beginning Of A New Chapter http://kgou.org/post/beginning-new-chapter <p>There are some endings that come with growing up, moving away for college, learning to support yourself and graduation. But nonetheless, the opening and closing of a new chapter is hard. I talk to my mentor in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, about what it’s like to face the next chapter in her life, graduation.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Hayley Thornton 29031 at http://kgou.org The Beginning Of A New Chapter Assignment: Radio April 27, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/assignment-radio-april-27-2014 <p>It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for&nbsp;<em>Assignment: Radio</em>. This week Madeline, Molly and I explored telling stories with sound, in a series of "sound rich" stories. Soothing music, loud clanking of scrap metal, and the hypnotic sounds of a treadmill await you in this episode of Assignment: Radio.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:36:27 +0000 Hayley Thornton 28122 at http://kgou.org Assignment: Radio April 27, 2014 A Great Grandmother's Gift http://kgou.org/post/great-grandmothers-gift <p>Basketball shoes squeak on the polished wood floor, grunts emerge from the weight room, and tennis shoes pound a hypnotic rhythm on the belt of a treadmill. Many people have to force themselves to go to the gym, but here, Tyler Johnston finds peace.</p><p>Tyler is a personal trainer at the University of Oklahoma, and says the most important thing to him, is his clients.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:23:11 +0000 Hayley Thornton 28121 at http://kgou.org A Great Grandmother's Gift Composing To Celebrate The Good http://kgou.org/post/composing-celebrate-good <p>Emily Moore is a music composition student at the University of Oklahoma. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke to her about the unique challenges involved in composing, and how her relationship with music has helped her through tough times.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:12:03 +0000 Hayley Thornton 28119 at http://kgou.org Composing To Celebrate The Good A Pyrotechnic Passion http://kgou.org/post/pyrotechnic-passion <p>The Norman Medieval Fair has transported visitors to a fantastical age of chivalry and tradition for nearly 40 years through staple performances, peddlers and people such as the Saltfork Craftsmen. Every year, the group of blacksmiths revives the centuries-old trade for fairgoers, like Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans, who spoke with member Brahk Hadick about his pyrotechnic passion for turning scrap metal into something unexpectedly beautiful.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 23:53:04 +0000 Molly Evans 28118 at http://kgou.org A Pyrotechnic Passion Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/assignment-radio-april-13-2014 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Assignment: Radio</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. This week we explore people's passions with a series of one-on-one interviews. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:02:54 +0000 Hayley Thornton 27191 at http://kgou.org Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014 Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest http://kgou.org/post/taking-trip-hornets-nest <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A battlefield is a place that most of us can only imagine, being surrounded by the enemy and knowing that the fellow solider or marine next to you could take their last breath at any moment. Mike Boettcher experienced this horror first hand for years as he covered conflict in Central America and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. but on this most recent trip into what he calls “The Hornets Nest” there was a new variable- working along side his son.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:34:08 +0000 Hayley Thornton 27190 at http://kgou.org Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest Documenting Real Live Angels http://kgou.org/post/documenting-real-live-angels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A documentary is a labor of love – and for one University of Oklahoma graduate student, it’s the culmination of years of research, shooting, and editing. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke with Brent Weber to get the story behind his new documentary and some of the stories that inspired him to keep filming.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:56:33 +0000 Madeline Stebbins 27189 at http://kgou.org Documenting Real Live Angels