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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Defense Cuts
1:08 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Defense Budget Could Force Cuts To Tinker AWACS Reservists

A United States Air Force AWACS does touch and go's over Midwest City - October 2013.
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A reserve unit housed at Tinker Air Force Base that performs Airborne Warning and Control System missions would be deactivated if lawmakers pass the fiscal year 2015 defense budget.

The 513th Air Control Group partners with active duty military to provide crews and personnel during the AWACS missions. Unit commander Col. David Robinson says 345 citizen Airmen would be affected by the cuts.

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World Views
3:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

World Views: March 7, 2014

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After a brief update on the situation in Ukraine, Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss some of the more under-the-radar protests in Thailand and Venezuela.

Later, more in a series of conversations about identity in international literature with authors Andrew Lam, Krys Lee, and Ananda Devi.

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World Views
3:03 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Enough Unrest To Go Around': Updates On Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris, France, on Wednesday.
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Stuck In The Middle With Ukraine

The United States and the European Union differed this week in their response to Russia’s role in the crisis in Ukraine.

While Washington is imposing sanctions and strongly criticizing Moscow, the EU has taken softer measures.

As University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode explained two weeks ago, Western media are eager to portray the crisis as a “Cold War 2.0.”

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World Views
2:56 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

World Views: February 28, 2014

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Suzette Grillot wraps up a three week, two continent trip with a conversation from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with University of Oklahoma anthropologist and International Studies professor Erika Robb Larkins.

Later, Suzette and Rebecca Cruise discuss the five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film ahead of Sunday evening's Academy Awards.

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World Views
2:07 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Oscar Talk: The Five Academy Award Nominees For Best Foreign Language Film

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The 86th annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday evening, and this year a record 75 countries entered the category of Best Foreign Language Film. Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss each of the five films submitted by directors from Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

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World Views
3:37 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

World Views: February 21, 2014

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Rebecca Cruise talks with University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode about competing narratives in the Western and Russian media about what's happening in Ukraine, and why he thinks the crisis isn't likely to end soon despite Friday's agreement.

Later, Suzette Grillot's conversation with author Paul Bogard about the human, environmental, and economic consequences of artificially lighting the night sky. He's the author of The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

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Native American
1:51 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Committee Advances Plan To Fund Unfinished Oklahoma Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

A plan to tap $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to fund the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared a Senate panel.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 21-3 Wednesday morning for the bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon February 17, 2014

VIDEO: Capitol Reporters Discuss Start Of 2014 Oklahoma Legislative Session

Left-to-right: OETA's Dick Pryor, KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney, eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, KOSU Radio's Michael Cross, Sean Murphy from the Associated Press.
Credit OETA - The Oklahoma Network

The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session kicked off two weeks ago Monday, with an income tax cut, reduced agency budgets, repairing the state Capitol, and employee compensation all facing lawmakers as they return to NE 23rd Street and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

World Views: February 14, 2014

Listen to the entire February 14, 2013 episode.

Suzette Grillot hosts the program from Puebla, Mexico, and shares her thoughts on the colonial city with University of Oklahoma Spanish literature historian Luis Cortest.

Later, a conversation with Pakistan analysts and scholars Joshua White and Shamyla Chaudry about how the country's burgeoning, educated youth population and how various religious and militant groups pose distinct policy concerns for the South Asian nuclear power and the United States.

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Health
12:32 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

11 More Flu Deaths In Oklahoma, Bringing Total To 44 This Season

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Eleven more people have died from the flu over the past week, bringing the total number of Oklahomans who have died to 44 since Sept. 29.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health posted its latest update on its website Thursday.

52 more people were hospitalized with the flu, bringing the total number to hospitalizations to 1,076 this season.

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