Brian Hardzinski

producer

Producer/KCRW Staff

Brian joined KCRW's Press Play in 2019 after three years at NPR's On Point, housed at WBUR in Boston. Before that, he spent a decade at KGOU in Oklahoma City as the operations director, digital news editor, Morning Edition host, reporter, and producer - sometimes all in the same day. He grew up in the Dallas area (with a brief stint in Singapore) and earned degrees in journalism and history from the University of Oklahoma.

In his free time, Brian enjoys distance running and hanging with his cute Boston Terrier, Bucky.

Brian Hardzinski on KCRW

The “Queer Eye” star opens up about being sexually abused at a young age, and how that trauma led to binging and purging, abusing drugs, and becoming a sex worker.

Jonathan Van Ness on sexual abuse and self-worth

The “Queer Eye” star opens up about being sexually abused at a young age, and how that trauma led to binging and purging, abusing drugs, and becoming a sex worker.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

At a cafe, it’s awkward when you pay for a pastry or coffee on an iPad, then the screen asks how much you’d like to tip (or not tip).

iPad tipping etiquette: 20% for a latte?

At a cafe, it’s awkward when you pay for a pastry or coffee on an iPad, then the screen asks how much you’d like to tip (or not tip).

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Fires ravaged San Diego in 2007, and scheduled power shut-offs caused chaos. Since then, the city has made improvements to their power grid and their scheduled outage procedures.

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Fires ravaged San Diego in 2007, and scheduled power shut-offs caused chaos. Since then, the city has made improvements to their power grid and their scheduled outage procedures.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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