Monthly archives for January, 2015

KUT Weekend – January 30, 2015

Anti-Muslim protestors at State Capitol….Why generic gas is cheaper than brand name gas…and a look at Capital Metro’s ridership numbers. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend. Subscribe at

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State Contract Kerfuffle and Anti-Muslim Protesters

It was supposed to be a fairly quiet week at the Legislature. Then a small but loud group of anti-Islamic protesters came to the Texas Capitol to make noise during the Muslim lobby day. It was the 7th session in a row that Muslim groups from across the state came to Austin. Only this time,…

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On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, discuss what paranoia is, how we can help ourselves keep from spiraling into a paranoid thought process, and why paranoia manifests itself differently in different cultures.

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Home and Homelessness

This month’s episode explores what it means to be displaced or without a home. Our new roundtable participants ask: How do we define “home”? Is it a house? Is it family, a sense of community? Is it a place or a feeling? The discussants share their perspectives, from the practical concerns of living on the…

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Higher Ed: The Ins and Outs of Liberal Arts

The phrase “liberal arts” often goes hand in hand with discussions about higher education. But really, what are the liberal arts? Are they liberal? Are they arts? How about none of the above? In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore what comprises liberal arts….

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Benny Golson (1.25.15)

Benny Golson is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger who made his name with greats like John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and Lionel Hampton. Yet, perhaps his best known and recognized composition was for his friend, jazz trumpeter and legend Clifford Brown, who was taken at the age of 25 in a car accident. Golson…

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KUT Weekend – January 23, 2015

What the new political leaders of Texas want….Austin’s “No Kill” animal shelter and the challenge it poses for city council…and Richard Linklater’s daughter has problems with the movie “Boyhood.” Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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How to Follow the Texas Budget Debate

Two weeks down in the 84th Texas Legislature. This one was filled with the pomp of inauguration day…and the curious circumstance of the Texas Senate’s rules for bringing up a bill. But today, I thought we’d talk about the state budget!

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Tempering The Tantrum

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on temper tantrums.

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Higher Ed: The Art of Creating Questions

The old saying goes something like this: “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it it, does it make a sound?” A variation on that might go: “If someone asks a question, and no one is around to hear it, what good does it do?” A lot, as…

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Tina Marsh (1.18.15)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Austin-based composer and artist Tina Marsh.

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The Texas Legislature is Back in Session

Tuesday marked the beginning of the 84th Texas Legislature. Thousands of lawmakers returned to the State Capitol in Austin for the 140-day session. Typewriter Rodeo’s Jodi Egerton wrote a special poem to welcome the legislators and a hopeful 2015.

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KUT Weekend – January 16, 2015

How much money state lawmakers have to spend on Texas over the next two years….an explanation of school vouchers….and how cities and hospitals are trying to get people enrolled in Obamacare. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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The Texas Legislature Says Goodbye to Two Longtime Leaders

Lawmakers from across the state have returned to Austin for the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. The beginning marked the end, at least for now, of two long political careers. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Governor Rick Perry.

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In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the various aspects of amnesia.

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Doug Dorst

Doug Dorst is a wonder at words and worlds. He’s a master of bringing the known and unknown, the mundane and the strange, into immediate proximity to one another is such a way that the line begins to fade. Whether it’s insecure police officers encountering restless ghosts romping through northern California in his debut novel…

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Higher Ed: The Importance of Failure to Learning

In this episode of KUT’s podcast, “Higher Ed,” KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talks with Dr. Ed Burger, President of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, about how important failure is to learning and success. What?! That’s the opposite of just about everything we’ve ever been taught. But it turns out intentionally failing is actually a critical step…

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KUT Weekend – January 9, 2015

Austin’s city council is mostly women for the first time ever…a Texas lawmaker wants to make pot possession punishable by a $100 fine…and a look at a recent swarm of earthquakes in the Dallas area. Subscribe at

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Tongue Twisters and Rhymes

Why rhymes are so appealing, and what makes for a good tongue twister, in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke.

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KUT Weekend – January 2, 2015

How combat might help people retain memories…the role of the Cactus Cafe in nurturing Texas music….and new restaurant openings to watch in 2015. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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