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Assignment: Radio

Assignment: Radio is where you'll find news and public affairs content produced by students studying journalism and/or broadcasting at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Some of these student-produced news reports focus on issues and events on the OU campus; others have a broader interest.

A Different Kind Of Farm In Oklahoma

May 23, 2017
Oliver & Friends/Jennie Hays

Jennie and Jason Hays’ farm isn’t like most other farms. The couple’s 22-acre property is a farm-animal rescue and sanctuary called Oliver and Friends. It is home to a hodgepodge of chickens, pigs, goats, calves, donkeys, horses, emus, and many other (mostly farm) animals. As Assignment Radio's Amber Friend reports, the farm is the Hays’ attempt to change minds about animal agriculture. 

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.

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.

Assignment: Radio - October 18, 2015

Oct 18, 2015
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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.

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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. 

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.”

University of Oklahoma geographer Laurel Smith
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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.

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.

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.

Hayley Thornton / KGOU

In the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan’s character describes some of the fashion choices young women make every October 31.

But with ever-shifting social boundaries, how exactly do you define what makes an “appropriate” Halloween costume?

child in a native american halloween costume
HalloweenCostumes.com / Google Images Creative Commons

The idea of “cultural appropriation” and the use of Native American attire made headlines earlier this year after Gov. Mary Fallin’s daughter Christina posted a photo of herself wearing a Native headdress on Instagram. But if you explore any Halloween costume shop this October and there is a good chance you will find Native American costumes, many featuring a feathered headdress.

But this year, some costume manufacturers are experiencing pushback from people that believe the costumes are culturally insensitive.

Assignment: Radio October 2014

Oct 15, 2014
Sarah Hurd

It's the first episode of the Fall 2014 season of Assignment: Radio. Student and KGOU employee Sarah Hurd and I explore some new events in Central Oklahoma. She gives a preview of a new, trendier food style and I give an in depth look at a local childhood cancer walk.

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