Brian Hardzinski

Operations/Public Service Announcement Director/Morning Edition Host

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. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014. 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. A Norman resident, Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, running, and playing tennis.

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World Views
1:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road – The Forgotten Anniversary Of World War II

The American Cemetery in Florence where more than 4,000 soldiers were laid to rest after World War II.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

President Obama and other world leaders paused Friday to somberly mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. But like in 1944, the D-Day anniversary overshadows another important milestone in World War II history – the June 1944 fall of Rome.

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11:26 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Faces Behind The Burgers

Lead in text: 
The New York Times' "The Way North" project on immigration has made it to the Sooner State (h/t to Oklahoma Watch).
A day-by-day journey up I-35 continues at Lopez Foods in Oklahoma City, an example of intersecting shifts in food processing and immigration.
World Views
2:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

World Cup Renews Focus On Rio’s Favelas, But Residents Still Left Behind

At the top of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

A week before the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, soccer’s international governing body has expressed concern that three of the stadiums won’t be ready, and legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo says he’s “appalled” by his country’s preparations for the sport’s biggest event.

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Politics and Government
12:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

VIDEO: Lankford Criticizes Administration For Not Consulting Congress About Gitmo Release

The prisoner exchange that won freedom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban hands is stirring a debate over whether the exchange will heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees will find their way back to the fight.

U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says he believes the Obama administration broke the law by not notifying Congress before releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Adventure of Civility: Four Encouragements From ‘On Being’ Host Krista Tippett

'On Being' host Krista Tippett delivering her talk 'The Adventure of Civility' April 8 at Mayflower Congregational UCC church in Oklahoma City.
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Listen to Krista Tippett's 'The Adventure of Civility' followed by the full audience question-and-answer session.

Oklahoma native and public radio’s On Being host Krista Tippett started her Civil Conversations Project to approach the questions we don’t know how to ask each other. Through a series of podcasts and online resources, she’s working to create hospitable spaces in communities and families to discuss issues like race, religion, and abortion in ways that go deeper than talking points and labels.

She spoke about her “adventure of civility” April 8 at Mayflower Congregational UCC church in Oklahoma City, and offered four encouragements from her life’s work of conversation.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

World Views: May 30, 2014

Listen to the entire May 30, 2014 episode.

Suzette Grillot talks with Italian citizen and lawyer Katia Girotto about the outcome of European parliamentary elections, and how Italians feel about the elections' impact on the future of EU politics and economics.

Rebecca Cruise and Joshua Landis discuss television and social media in Lebanon with University of Balamand journalism department head Ramez Maluf. He says Beirut's position as a major entertainment production hub is controversial among conservatives and Arab intellectuals.

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World Views
4:25 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Secret To Improving U.S.-Middle East Relations? More Idol, Dancing With The Stars

Arabic mega-star Samira Said during her July 8, 2011 performance on the Arabic talent show Star Academy in Beirut.
Samira Said Wikimedia Commons

Media played a significant role in organizing the protests that spread like wildfire across the Middle East in 2011. But as Islamists put a stake in the ground and solidified their claim to Arab society and culture, Lebanon largely remained insulated from the effects of the Arab Spring.

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Gross Production Tax
2:45 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

VIDEO: StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz On Oil And Gas Incentives

StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz appeared on OETA-The ​Oklahoma Network's Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss a possible constitutional challenge to the controversial tax incentive for oil and gas wells, which Gov. Mary Fallin signed this week.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Where Did Freedom Come From? A Case For Coincidence In U.S. History’s Defining Conflict

Our Banner in the Sky
Frederic Edwin Church Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The nation pauses Monday to mark Memorial Day and honor the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country’s freedom. The holiday started in the late 1860s to honor Union and Confederate soldiers killed during the four brutal years of the American Civil War.

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World Views
10:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

World Views: May 23, 2014

Listen to the entire May 23, 2014 episode.

University of Oklahoma Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Clarke Stroud joins Suzette Grillot again on their European tour to discuss the concept of “euroskepticism” and the European Union's parliamentary elections.

Later, a conversation with UCLA historian Nile Green about putting Islam into the context of global history. He says the same religious fragmentation that causes sectarian violence in the Middle East leads to religious misunderstanding in the West.

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