Brian Hardzinski

Operations and Public Service Announcement Director

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered. Brian returned to KGOU as the Operations and Public Service Announcement Director in January 2009. Brian’s past work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brian graduated from OU in 2008 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. Norman residents, Brian and his fiancée enjoy competing in triathlons, running, playing tennis, and entertaining one rambunctious Boston Terrier named Gary.

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Politics and Government
2:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lankford, GOP Colleagues Vote To Hold IRS Official In Contempt [VIDEO]

A House committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) serves on the Oversight Committee, and agreed with fellow Republicans and Committee chariman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that Lois Lerner had effectively waived her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions by providing an opening statement at the 2013 hearing.

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Transportation
2:35 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Seeks Federal Help For Businesses Affected By Bridge Closure

Workers repair the James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River between Lexington and Purcell - March 7, 2014
Credit Provided / Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she’s asking for federal aid for businesses in Purcell and Lexington affected by the closure of a state bridge that connects the two communities.

In a statement, Fallin said she’s requesting an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That allows McClain and Cleveland county businesses to apply for federally subsidized loans.

Fallin declared a state of emergency two months ago that allowed state reimbursements of up to $100,000 for each of the cities and the two counties. 

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11:37 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Easing Oklahoma Family Caregivers Burden Of Long-Term Medical Demands [VIDEO]

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Americans are being released from hospitals quicker and sicker. That’s put new demands on the family members who care for them. PBS Newshour special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports from Oklahoma.
Cheryl Mitchem never imagined retirement would look like this. When she and her husband, Alphus, stopped working, they planned travel and other adventures. Then, a year ago, a severe headache and a diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor upended the family’s dreams.
10:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

“What Happened To The Republican Party That I Joined?” Meet The Oklahoma Lawmaker Outraged By His Party’s Sexism

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Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox tells Salon why his Republican colleagues' policies are "discriminatory against women."
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox is an anomaly, and he knows it. As a self-identified pro-life Republican in a deep red state, Cox makes for an unlikely ally in the reproductive rights movement. But that hasn't stopped him from being an outspoken critic of his colleagues' efforts to scale back access to contraception and abortion services.
Oklahoma Tornado Project
11:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s little doubt Oklahomans will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across Pottawatomie, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.

Since September, KGOU has been working to prepare for severe weather in 2014 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.

We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:

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3:16 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

KGOU Radio Show Takes Listeners Behind The Jazz

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Friday evening's debut episode of "Backstage Jazz" season two will feature New Orleans' renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Jeremy Gossett first developed his affinity for jazz after listening to Jim Wilke's "Jazz After Hours" late-night show on public radio. Now, he is sharing the love with his own radio show, "Backstage Jazz," which is launching its second season at 9 p.m.
World Views
1:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

World Views: March 28, 2014

Listen to the entire March 28, 2014 episode.

Rebecca Cruise explains why Russia's ouster from the Group of Eight industrialized nations is mostly symbolic with little consequence, and Joshua Landis discusses the implications of the murder convictions of more than 500 supporters of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Later, a conversation with political scientist Fevzi Bilgin about allegations against Turkey’s prime minister, and political instability ahead of Sunday's local elections.

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World Views
12:47 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

‘Better The Devil You Know’ As Egypt Cracks Down On Morsi Supporters

A supporter of presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi chants in the street - January 25, 2014.
Credit Sebastian Horndasch / Flickr Creative Commons

A court in southern Egypt Monday convicted 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, sentencing them to death on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police.

The defendants were arrested after violent demonstrations that were a backlash for the police crackdown in August on pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo that killed hundreds of people.

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World Views
12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ousted From The G8? Russia Doesn't Care, And Neither Should You

President Vladimir Putin opens an afternoon plenary session at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

Earlier this week, the Group of Eight industrialized nations said they would suspend participation until Russia “changes course.” The move by the G7 nations is aimed at isolating Moscow as punishment for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says the statement is primarily symbolic, with few long-term effects.

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World Views
11:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Corruption Allegations In Turkey Make Sunday’s Local Elections Even More Important

Riot police cleaning Taksim Square after protests - June 16, 2013
Credit Mstyslav Chernov / Wikimedia Commons

Turkey’s main opposition party recalled parliament this week for an extraordinary session to discuss allegations of corruption against four former ministers that have damaged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government ahead of Sunday’s local elections.

Fevzi Bilgin is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Rethink Institute, and an expert on his home country’s politics. He says the allegations involve billions of dollars in money laundering through international businessmen, and government officials receiving kickbacks from those operations.

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