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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Severe Storms
10:31 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible Wednesday-Thursday, Tornadoes Unlikely

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says there's a possibility of severe storms with very large hail Wednesday afternoon and evening.

The best chance comes over Southwest Oklahoma, but very large hail up to the size of tennis balls and damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour could develop near and east of a dryline between 4 and 10 p.m.

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Death Penalty
9:12 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Lawmaker, Attorneys, Officials Question Objectivity Of Fallin's Death Penalty Review

State Sen. and U.S. Senate candidate Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has called on Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a moratorium on the death penalty after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett April 29. Speaking to reporters Monday, Johnson said the government's role as an execution should be carried out in an open, transparent, and accountable way.

“We feel that has not been the case to date, given all the particulars leading up to this execution, and certainly given what we perceive was the rushed manner in which it was executed,” Johnson said.

State Sen. Connie Johnson speaks to reporters Monday/Instagram

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Oklahoma Voices
11:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Abraham Lincoln's 'Four Roads to Emancipation'

General Records of the United States National Archives

Historian Allen Guelzo calls the Emancipation Proclamation “the single most sweeping presidential action in American history.” It dealt with slavery in a way the Framers during the Constitutional Convention never did, and decidedly outlined a key goal of the Union during the Civil War.

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Oklahoma News
10:12 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

One Dead, Thousands Evacuated As Fire Burns In Oklahoma

Smoke billowing from the wildfire that started in Logan County near Guthrie Sunday afternoon.
American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma

Updated Monday, May 5 at 8:03 a.m.

About 1,000 people have been evacuated as a massive wildfire burns in a town north of Oklahoma City.

The Guthrie Fire Department says six homes have been destroyed but that number is expected to increase as more assessments are conducted Monday morning.

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World Views
12:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

World Views: May 2, 2014

Listen to the entire May 2, 2014 episode.

Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, and Rebecca Cruise discuss this week's national elections in Iraq, and the growing ethnic tensions and violence in Western China.

Later, a conversation with historian and geographer Abigail Neely. Tuberculosis and HIV co-infection is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest health challenges, but she questions how closely they’re related, and how poverty affects the immune system.

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11:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A First Look At The Satanic Monument Proposed For The Oklahoma State Capitol

Lead in text: 
An artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying Satan on the front lawn of the Oklahoma state Capitol. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised.
Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How The South Destroyed The Legacy Of War Hero And ‘Essential President' U.S. Grant

U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, circa 1870
Matthew Brady Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past six decades, dozens of scholarly surveys have attempted to rank the terms of U.S presidents. Beginning with Arthur Schlesinger’s poll in Life magazine in 1948, Ulysses S. Grant shows up near the bottom of dozens of lists well into the early 2000s.

Since a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll, though, Grant’s legacy has gradually improved over the last decade.

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World Views
3:33 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

World Views: April 25, 2014

Listen to the entire April 25, 2014 episode.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss President Obama's trip to Asia this week, and whether or not we'll finally see the long-anticipated foreign policy "pivot" to the region. They also talk about the kidnapping of hundreds of young girls in Nigeria.

Later, a conversation with activist, author and filmmaker Clifton Ross. He says solidarity among Latin American protesters and dedication to their cause can actually work against them.

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Severe Storms
11:53 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Could Move Through Oklahoma Saturday And Sunday

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says it’s starting to get a better idea of the timing of severe storms expected to hit the state Saturday and Sunday.

Thunderstorms will start to develop late afternoon and early evening Saturday in far southwestern Oklahoma, moving northeast overnight into Sunday.

Large, damaging hail and damaging winds are the primary concern, but tornadoes are possible.

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Storm Preparedness
9:12 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Scientists, City Officials Say Moore's Warren Theatre Not A Severe Weather Destination

The Warren Theatre in Moore in the days after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Jamin Yeager Aerial Oklahoma

As the state prepares for another round of severe weather Saturday, city officials in Moore are worried about residents taking shelter in a local movie theater that held up well during the May 20, 2013 tornado.

“People think that the Warren Theatre is magic,” said National Severe Storms Laboratory senior scientist Harold Brooks. “The Warren Theatre was basically not hit by the tornado. It survived [as well as] it did because it didn't get hit by the tornado.”

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