Assignment: Radio en 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 Nancy Mergler Steps Down The Beginning Of A 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 The Beginning Of A New Chapter Singing For 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 Singing For Each Other 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 Assignment: Radio April 27, 2014 A Great Grandmother's 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 A Great Grandmother's Gift A 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 A Pyrotechnic Passion A New Kind Of Classroom <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:24:14 +0000 Hayley Thornton 26363 at A New Kind Of Classroom The Diet Fit For A Caveman <p></p><p>As the name suggests the Paleo diet takes you back to caveman days, no preservatives, no processed grains and no fast food at all... Assignment Radio's Hayley Thornton explored what it means to go Paleo.</p><p></p><p>Emily Groff: From my&nbsp;point of view it’s a very &nbsp;nutritious kind of back to natural way of eating, which is why the certain foods are included and I have read a lot of books and done a lot of research into it, and its really about eating what’s best for your body.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:15:52 +0000 Hayley Thornton 26358 at The Diet Fit For A Caveman Walking With Pride Onto Owen Field for the First Time <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 <a href=";q=Owen+Field&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Owen+Field&amp;cid=0,0,1926763231009947154&amp;ei=I0mVUev2Jo749gTKxYGIBA&amp;ved=0CMIBEPwSMAc" target="_blank">Owen Field </a>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 <a href="" target="_blank">Pride of Oklahoma</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Joey Adams 5963 at Walking With Pride Onto Owen Field for the First Time How To Find Yourself While Traveling The World: A Personal Essay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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 </span>Noshpal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tells the story of the first time she felt she had found who she was, in the context of another country.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 00:28:57 +0000 Ana Noshpal 6077 at How To Find Yourself While Traveling The World: A Personal Essay