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
3:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible This Weekend In Western, Central Oklahoma

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Western and Central Oklahoma could see a round of severe weather over the weekend. There's a threat of showers and thunderstorms Saturday west of a line extending from Altus to Alva.

But National Weather Service senior forecaster Michael Scotten says there's a higher chance for that weather to move southeast through Central Oklahoma on Sunday.

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World Views
1:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Why The 20th Anniversary Of Rwanda's Genocide Has Rekindled Tensions With France

Rwandan President Paul Kagame
itupictures Flickr Creative Commons

Earlier this week Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a Paris newsmagazine France bore some responsibility for the 1994 genocide of more than one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the two countries have disputed France’s role for years. A French commission during the 1990s found no wrongdoing regarding the country’s role in the genocide, but a separate Rwandan commission argued France not only allowed the genocide to happen, but French soldiers actually participated.

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World Views
1:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Landis: Kerry’s ‘Poof Speech’ Reveals Lack Of Clear Israel-Palestine Strategy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2014.
Credit U.S. Department of State / Flickr Creative Commons

Secretary of State John Kerry says talks in the Mideast peace process faltered after Israel last month refused to release prisoners as Palestinian leaders demanded, and then moved forward with new construction in a settlement.

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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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