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Assignment: Radio

Selected Sundays at 12 Noon

Assignment: Radio reflects KGOU's commitment to the future of  

Each semester KGOU staff work with  interested University of Oklahoma  (& more recently, East Central University) students to instruct and encourage them in the ways of audio storytelling and production. 

Student reporter/producers & interns meet each week to complete various assignments and tasks designed to develop their skills in  real-world fashion. Their work is graded, and they earn class credits for their participation. 

We are quite proud to point out that a good deal of this student-produced work has earned critical praise from serious journalistic organizations.   

Last month students packed around long plastic tables, talking and sharing turkey, pumpkin pie and each others’ company. The event was called Queersgiving. In recent years the term “queer” has been adopted by the LGBTG movement. According to PLAG, the nation’s largest LGBTQ ally organization, the word is used to describe anyone who “feels somehow outside of the societal norms in regards to gender or sexuality.” The dinner gave University of Oklahoma students who identify as queer a chance to meet and bond with each other.

Xi, Speaks, Moreno and Smith share a meal
Patrick Smith / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma is a multicultural community filled with people from many different backgrounds. OU students Flavio Moreno, Skyler Speaks, Xi Xehui and I became unlikely friends after being placed in the same apartment at the beginning of the school year.

Speaks and I aren’t too far from home, coming from Oklahoma City and Dallas respectively, but Xi and Moreno traveled a long way to attend OU. Moreno came to OU from Guatemala in 2011 to get a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering. The thing that has surprised him most about Oklahoma is its unpredictable weather.

Ben edits a track in Ableton
Sarah Hurd / KGOU

The sound of Oklahoma City musician Askanse defies easy categorization. It’s electronic music, but computers are just a tool producer Ben Hill uses to find, make, layer and manipulate every sound he can imagine.

“I get a lot of ideas just throughout the day biking around or when a lot of times when I'm taking showers for some reason that's a zone in which I have a lot of musical thoughts,” Hill says. “I just hear ideas or sounds or even whole song structures in my head and I try to realize that.”

Woman types on a laptop
Ed Gregory / Pexels

Life in a military family is full of intersections. The spouses of service men and women sometimes connect with each other for just a short time before they must move to a new base or even a new country. Social media is a vital resource for these people to create relationships and maintain them over long distances.

Stocked Shelves at McFarland Food Pantry
Patrick Smith / KGOU

The week before Thanksgiving, in a small building behind McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, about a dozen volunteers organized food and supplies into shopping bags The church-sponsored food bank is open every Tuesday and Thursday to serve Norman-area residents.

Karen Toby, a volunteer who helps operate the food pantry every week, says since they aren’t open on holidays, most of the people come in on Thursday and the following Tuesday to get their food.

On The Road With Bus Driver Shirley Bosscawen

Dec 20, 2015
Shirley seen from the rearview mirror
Courtney Kearby / KGOU

Shirley Bosscawen has driven buses for Cleveland Area Rapid Transit since August 27, 1984. She has had several routes over her 30 years working for CART and says they all get a bit boring, but that’s not what she’s in this business for.

“You drive back and forth and back and forth,” Bosscawen said. “What I get enjoyment out of is talking to people, kidding people, laughing with them, picking on students.”

Assignment: Radio - December 20, 2015

Dec 20, 2015
Intersection
Daniel Jarosz / Pixabay

This week on Assignment Radio, the student reporters hang out with local musician Ben Hill and bus driver Shirley Bosscawen and visit the McFarland Food Pantry.

Later on in the program they explore the theme of intersections- the points at which paths cross. Just like the streets in a city or lines on a graph, people’s individual journeys through life often converge briefly before continuing off in different directions. These moments can teach us about a different way of looking at the world and even alter the way we look at ourselves.

Dean Grillot helps cut ribbon opening new College of International Studies building
OU College of International Studies

Suzette Grillot has many jobs at the University of Oklahoma. She is the dean of the College of International Studies, one of only three female deans at OU. She is also OU’s Vice Provost for International Programs and the William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics. KGOU listeners know her best as the host of World Views, where she interviews visiting scholars and newsmakers about global events, history, and politics.

Assignment: Radio - November 2015

Dec 4, 2015
Radio Microphone
Dennis Hill / Flickr

This is Assignment: Radio, KGOU's student-produced public affairs program focusing on issues and events on the University of Oklahoma campus.

One of the things National Public Radio is known is the powerful one-on-one interviews of journalists like Terry Gross and Diane Rehm. This week the Assignment Radio student reporters try their hand at the format… One guest, one microphone and a few questions in mind to help us gain some insights into the lives and experiences of others.  

OKC Drones monthly meetup at Wake Zone Cable Park in Southeast Oklahoma City.
Patrick Smith / KGOU

Drones are becoming a common sight in the skies over Oklahoma. The hobby of remotely flying these small, unmanned aircrafts has seen a spike in popularity in the past few years.

Don Price is a member of a drone enthusiast club called OKC Drones. The group recently had its monthly gathering in southwest Oklahoma City. Price has been flying remote-controlled vehicles for over 30 years, but became interested in drones in the past year due to the advances in technology.

Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit attached to Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion 4th Marines (BLT 1/4) and Combat Logistics Battalion 15 (CLB-15) stand at “parade rest” during a 235th United States Marine Corps birthday ceremony.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Russell / U.S. Naval Forces, 7th Fleet Public Affairs

After serving in the U.S. military, many veterans use the benefits afforded under the GI Bill to pay for school. The opportunity to have education paid for is a major draw for some, but the military isn’t a good fit for everyone.

Jared Kuntz joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008 after trying a few different majors at the University of Oklahoma, and firefighter training, hoping he would find a career. Then the 2008 recession hit, the job prospects disappeared and the military seemed like his best option.

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Two months ago, the final round of the television game show Jeopardy! took the internet by storm. The prompt was “This song from a 1999 animated film about censorship had a word censored from its Oscar performance,” and stumped 26-year-old contestant Talia Lavin wrote:

“what is the love ballad of turd ferguson

ps hi mom :)”

Sarah Hurd / KGOU

It’s a cool Tuesday evening at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman. Trucks and trailers are in the parking lot with watermelon, pumpkins, and other produce. Each vendor sets up a tent in front of a trailer. On their tables, staples are laid out in baskets and bags. Elza Elam’s table has a full array of produce for this evening’s market including tomatoes, okra and peas.

Assignment: Radio - October 18, 2015

Oct 18, 2015
Wikimedia

This is the semester's first episode of Assignment: Radio, KGOU's student-produced public affairs program focusing on issues and events on the University of Oklahoma campus.

This week the Assignment Radio reporters talk to three Oklahoma women showing strength in unique ways.

First, Patrick Smith looks into the work of Parents Helping Parents, a local support group for people with children facing challenges. He talks to a woman who was helped by her involvement in the group.

Thomas Hawk / Flickr

Every other Thursday night, Parents Helping Parents meets in a room at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center. The meetings consist of mostly adults gathered around a rectangular setup of tables in the middle of the room. People ranging from their mid 20s to their 60s are in attendance. Hugh Benson, a board member for the group, helps organize these twice-monthly meetings. 

Native American students and school administrators march down the South Oval toward Bizzell Memorial Library October 12, 2015 morning to mark the first Indigenous Peoples' Day at the University of Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Late last month, after extended discussion, the University of Oklahoma Student Congress officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day on campus. The vote was a victory for its sponsors, Indigenize OU, a group of four Native American student activists.

Assignment: Radio - May 10, 2015

May 10, 2015
Jenny Nunez

It's the final episode of the Spring 2015 season of Assignment: Radio. The theme is "crossing the line." 

When thinking about people who cross the line or push the limits, usually a specific person comes to mind. It could be a friend, a celebrity, a sibling or maybe yourself. They are the people who won’t let the rules stop them from having their own adventure.

MS Ranganathan

A coyote, running away from men who wish to imprison him decides to outsmart them using their weakness - greed.

The coyote hides money in a tree, and when the men find him, he says he wants to make a deal. He said if they would let him go they could have his magic money tree. The coyote shakes the branches and money falls to the ground.

OU Student Manages Her Mischief

May 10, 2015
Jenny Nunez

When thinking about people who cross the line or push the limits, usually a specific person comes to mind. It could be a friend, a celebrity, a sibling or maybe yourself. They are the people who won’t let the rules stop them from having their own adventure. 

University of Oklahoma communications student Jenny Nuñez's friends say she doesn't follow trends, but sets them. One day, she got a tattoo that says, “mischief managed.”

Bryan Alexander

College students often hear that their time at the university are the best four (or five, or six...seven?) years of their lives, and that they should take in as many experiences as possible, and maybe, every once in a while, cross the line. 

But what lines will people cross to check an experience off of their four-year bucket list?

One University of Oklahoma employee, who asked to remain anonymous, says that ambition to fulfill pent-up desires led to one of her most embarrassing moments in the tall, secluded bookshelves tucked away in the Bizzell Memorial LIbrary.

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