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Hard News (Apr 16, 2010)
This week on Assignment: Radio, we present our “hard news” episode, in which we take an in-depth look at a few issues currently being discussed. First, Will Holland examines student protesting at The University of Oklahoma as it relates to student activism in other states, like California, and other eras, like the 1960s and early 1970s. The story features an interview with OU Professor Tom Boyd, who moderated a large anti-war demonstration on OU’s campus in 1970. Then, Aaron Woolley presents a story about the on-campus parking situation at OU. Some students express frustrations with perceived parking problems, but OU Parking and Transit Services representative Kris Glenn explains what the university is doing to try to improve communication with students and thereby alleviate some of these issues. Next, Clark Foy lays out the debate surrounding a couple of bills making their ways through the Oklahoma legislature currently. The bills, authored by State Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, and State Sen. Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, are aimed at deterring tobacco use on Oklahoma’s college campuses, in addition to educational facilities on other levels, as well. And finally, Will Holland sits down with OU Sociology Professor Susan Sharp who, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, authors the annual Study of Incarcerated Women and Their Children. Sharp is a native Texan who has been teaching at OU for more than a decade.

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