Monthly archives for April, 2016

The Ticket: Presidential Candidates Wonder Who’s Master of Their Domain

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KUT Weekend – April 29, 2016

What could Houston’s battle with Uber mean for Austin? Some neighbors in the Shoal Creek neighborhood are divided over a planned 75-Acre development. And Cedar Park is asking the public to redesign its flag. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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Texas College Mascots

Many Texans will tell you everything about their alma mater in a matter of seconds, whether you asked about it or not – right down to the mascot and stadium seating situation. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.

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Texas Standard: April 29, 2016

Prison populations are up and so are tensions as a guard shortage presses dietitians into security positions. The story of a stopgap today on the Texas Standard A predawn knock on the door- the police enter guns drawn- and the alleged perp hauled away in handcuffs. The crime: unpaid student debt. Why these raids seem…


SXSW2016 Live

In this special SXSW edition of Two Guys on Your Head, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke in a discussion about the myth of invention and the process of creativity.

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Memory, Imagination, and Happiness

When it comes to imagination and happiness, it turns out there’s a lot going on. If you think, as William Arthur Ward said, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it,” you might be in for a surprise when it comes to well-being. In this edition…

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Texas Standard: April 28, 2016

Educators do the perp walk in El Paso. 5 indicted on federal charges, some wonder what took em so long. The back story today on the Texas Standard. Also if you’re in Texas illegally, your legal options are limited…one thing that is possible however: adoption. A state policy raising eyebrows and interest. And amid a…

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Texas Standard: April 27, 2016

A so called bathroom law in North Carolina and the blowback from the business community: could it happen here? We’ll explore. Also some say Dallas has gone to the dogs. Big D thinks its found just the ticket. Lots and lots of tickets, actually…we’ll explain. And 40 years ago, an accident on a Texas expressway…

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Texas Standard: April 26, 2016

Some people don’t pick up on social cues, which can lead to tragedy. We’ll meet a mother who’s changing how Texas police interact with kids like her own. Plus In south Texas, there’s a huge fishing spot for many who have difficulty putting food on the table, but the fish are toxic. What’s being done…

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Texas Standard: April 25, 2016

A Texas Senator and an Ohio Governor join forces to stop a new York Billionaire. An act of desperation? A solid strategy? Perhaps Both? We’ll explore. Also- Bernie’s going back to jail. and we’re not talking about the Presidential candidate either. A Hollywood story meets Texas justice. Texas medical researchers pose a question: is there…

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Tunette Powell (Ep. 20, 2016)

John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Tunette Powell, motivational speaker, author, education consultant, and co-founder of The Truth Heals, a program for women and youth affected by fatherlessness.

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Higher Ed: Making Math Fascinating

A podcast listener and fan recently wrote in with a question: How does one teach (or force) current and future Math teachers to make Mathematics fascinating? (By the way, that podcast listener is studying Mathematics education.) Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger is a mathematician, so who better to tackle that! He and KUT’s Jennifer…

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Texans love their queso. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fritcher as he wrote this week’s poem.

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Texas Standard: April 23, 2016

Lackland, Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, Carswell…if you had to, which bases would you close? The Pentagon says it’s time for some decisions. We’ll explore. Plus the youngest Texans are at the center of court fights over medicaid and school funding…we’ll have the latest. Also a tale of two cities as Dallas dismantles a homeless settlement:…

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Imagination and Change

Have you ever been in a situation that you just can’t see your way out of? Have you ever been stuck on a path you did not want to follow? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how we can practice gaining experiences that…

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Texas Standard: April 21, 2016

It’s been dubbed The Texas Economic Miracle, but now a warning: it may be a miracle Texas isn’t sinking. We’ll explore. Plus the state’s top education official gets sued by the state’s association of teachers: at issue the use of standardized tests in teacher evaluations. We’ll have more. Also shutting down tent city: Dallas tries…

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The Ticket: Breaking Down the New York Primary

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The Airline That Started With A Cocktail Napkin

This story starts off like many good stories do: two men walked into a bar. Now, we have to expand it a little, two men walked into a bar in San Antonio fifty years ago. Okay, it was actually a restaurant & bar. They ordered drinks, and perhaps hors d’oeuvres. One grabbed a cocktail napkin,…

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Texas Standard: April 20, 2016

Just say no, to Muslims? Turned away by staffers, a delegation of Texans calls it portent of a Cruz Presidency. The story today on the Texas Standard. Also an office accused of targeting Republicans for prosecution has another Texas lawmaker in its sites: but this one’s a veteran democrat–accused of using staffers for personal business….

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Texas Standard: April 19, 2016

Less than a year after historic flooding, more historic flooding. Some in Houston wonder is this the new normal? We’ll have more on the flooding that brought large parts of one of the nations largest cities to a standstill. Also, federal rule changes to an abortion drug. Some saw it as a way around Texas’…

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