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Assignment: Radio

Selected Sundays at 12 Noon

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

Each semester since Fall 2004, the staff of KGOU has helped a small group of University of Oklahoma students produce programs on topics ranging from OU's connection with Iraq to the university's alcoholic beverage policy to a behind-the-scenes look at OU football game day.

Student reporter/producers typically meet in a class once a week to critique previous shows, discuss their upcoming stories and brainstorm future program topics.  Their work is graded, and they earn class credits for their participation with the show.

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.

University of Oklahoma geographer Laurel Smith
Provided

University of Oklahoma associate professor Laurel Smith's interest in geography takes her to places most people don’t have the opportunity to visit.

While working on her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Kentucky, she traveled to Mexico to study the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca.

Women stand in a circle, holding hands and singing "Make New Friends." Their children stand beside them. These powerful scenes are part of a documentary called Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and Their Children.

Moses Lauder

22-year-old Scott Wilson's room is filled with graffiti art, martial arts metals and a giant bookcase of books from the Charisma Myth series to The Lord Of The Rings. He takes pride in his varied interests, and strives to master as many of them as he can. That Renaissance worldview carries over into his educational and professional life.

Wilson co-founded CircaTree, a business that helps connect programmers and app creators with customers who have specific needs. But he didn't always want to be an entrepreneur -  he started out in politics. 

Assignment: Radio April 12, 2015

Apr 12, 2015

It's the next episode of the Spring 2015 season of Assignment: Radio. Lydia Theban, Pamela Ortega, East Central University's Caroline Harris and Hayley Thornton talk to a few fascinating people with interests from indigenous tribes to creating new apps and taking on the Digital World.  

    

Assignment: Radio March 29th, 2015

Mar 29, 2015
Jay Chilton

Sexual assault awareness month is just a few days away. Assignment: Radio’s Lydia Theban, Pamela Ortega, ECU’s Lisa Laxton and I found out that sexual violence touches the lives of people here in our community. Sexual assault prevention programs, personal stories and successes make up this weeks Assignment: Radio.

The Benefits Of Volunteering

Mar 8, 2015

In 2013, Oklahoma was ranked the 5th worst state in the nation for extent childhood homelessness by The National Center of Family Homelessness. 1,481 homeless people can be found in a single night in Oklahoma City. City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City works to fix these problems. Sonny is one of the 600 people that lives there and he says he hasn’t always gone without.

An art show in Oklahoma City also took a classic concept: Art, and turned it into a nontraditional event.For over a decade “Momentum” has been creating and recreating its exhibit to give young artists an occasion to show off their work.

Girl Scout Cookie Season Is Back In Oklahoma

Mar 8, 2015

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season around the country and Oklahoma is no stranger to this tasty tradition. Assignment: Radio’s Pamela Ortega tagged along with some of the scouts and learned that the demand for cookies has yet to slow down.

"Hello would you like to buy Girl Scout cookies?" Girl Scout, Emma says to a customer.

For these girls there is a greater purpose than just selling cookies, at least from Emma’s point of view.

Assignment: Radio March 8th, 2015

Mar 8, 2015

It's the first episode of the Spring 2015 season of Assignment: Radio. Today, we’ll hear from some pint-sized salespeople ... check in with a college student who composes and directs musicals … and visit a homeless shelter in Oklahoma City.

Hayley Thornton / KGOU

Dance Magazine ranks The University of Oklahoma’s school of dance as one the top three dance schools in the country. Each year The Young Choreographers' Showcase gives the top 10 student choreographers a chance to show off the skills they have learned.

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