Monthly archives for May, 2016

Texas Standard: May 31, 2016

A Deadly Deluge as Texas flooding makes national headlines….warnings continue thru the week. Has this become the new normal? We’ll explore. Also in a year of unpredictable politics, what trumps a Trump? Anyone wanna bet on a constitutional convention? You sure about that? And nearly a third of all small businesses are victims of a…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 30, 2016

Should the size of your wallet determine whether you stay in jail or get set free? The answer maybe a matter of life of death, we’ll explore. Plus on this Memorial day, the unemployment rate hovering at what’s considered to be a healthy 5 percent, unless you’re the spouse of someone in the military where…

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Merri Dee (Ep. 25, 2016)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Merri Dee, an award-winning retired broadcaster, author and philanthropist, and owner of MD Communications, a consulting practice addressing and advancing family, education and women’s issues.

Tags: , , , , , ,

KUT Weekend – May 27, 2016

Texas sues the Obama administration over its transgender bathroom directive. Some people are still struggling to rebuild from last year’s devastating Memorial Day floods. What happens to a can when it’s recycled in Austin? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend. Subscribe at

Tags: , , ,

Texas Museums

Almost every city in Texas has a museum or historical site of some kind. Whether you’re interested in history or science, there’s something for everyone. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 27, 2016

A Fundamental failure: the finding that led to a shake up at Baylor. Heads are rolling, but then what? Implications bigger than Baylor, we’ll explore. Also the clouds were low and dark and thick: Memorial day weekend one year later. We’ll look at how people have recovered and are still rebuilding from an historic flood….

Tags: , , , , , ,

Why We Make Rules

We might take rules for granted. For example, we all know that 55 mph means 62 mph, and that crosswalks are for leisure time–just kidding. But, seriously, do we ever wonder why we make rules in the first place? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke,…

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

What Happens To Austin’s Recycling? ♻️

Many people think of recycling as somehow both mundane and mysterious. So, we followed a 12-ounce can of Coke.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 26, 2016

Echoes of 2014? A surge of unaccompanied kids and families crossing the Rio Grande…sparks new concerns for the summer. Also Texas and 10 others states take on the Obama administration, again, but at what cost to taxpayers? You’ve heard of shareholder activism—how’s that working for environmentalists trying to change Exxon Mobil? A view from the…

Tags: , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 25, 2016

Did the General Land Office break the law when it asked ex-employees to sign promises not to sue, in exchange for compensation? We’ll explore. Also the University of Texas and Texas A&M have decided to drop their rivalry in hopes of going nuclear? We’ll hear about what could turn into a multibillion dollar partnership. And…

Tags: , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 24, 2016

He once investigated a presidential sex scandal. Today Ken Starr, now a president himself, in the spotlight over how Baylor handled sex crimes. We’ll explore. Also arguments in one of the biggest voting rights battles in recent years. We’ll have details. Also Had enough of the TSA? Longer than ever lines and now a high…

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

The Write Up: Juliana Barbassa

In this episode of The Write Up, we talk with prizewinning journalist and nonfiction writer Juliana Barbassa about her book Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink depicting the beauty, crime, pressures, and violent paradoxes shaping Brazil’s most vibrant city. Juliana Barbassa has lived and written all…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Ticket: How Can Democrats Trump the Donald?

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 23, 2016

You know the saying, “where there’s smoke?” Alarms over policies for fire inspections in the nation’s 4th largest city. That story today on the Texas Standard Tempers boiling over among residents of the real windy city, now in day eleven of a water safety alert. You’ve heard about the nursing shortage. One big reason, a…

Tags: , , , , , ,

Dr. John Telford (Ep. 24, 2016)

In Black America presents a discussion of pioneering African American coach Will Robinson with Dr. John Telford, activist, educator, track coach and author of Will The First: The Saga of Sports/Civil Rights Pioneer Will Robinson.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Sun Ra (5.22.16)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Sun Ra.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Higher Ed: Choosing a “Final Class”

If you only had one class left to take in school, what would it be? Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT’s Jennifer Stayton explore what that last class could – or should? – be, and making the transition from formal education to lifelong learning. Ed and Jennifer reflect on the last classes they…

Tags: , , ,


It’s the time of year when graduates take the long walk to pick up their diploma.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Texas Standard: May 20, 2016

A deal between Panama and Mexico leaves thousands of newcomers pouring into El Paso – the impact today on the Texas Standard. A code of silence at the Houston Police department- broken by the US supreme court? We’ll have the backstory. Also a conversation with a Texan leading a global charge against inequality. Between surf…


Rule Breakers

“Why do some people think that the rules don’t apply to them?” That is a question one listener tweeted us a few weeks ago. It turns out that the idea of rules and rule breaking opens up a Pandora’s Box of complexities that it’s gonna take more than one show to unpack. In this edition…

Tags: , , , , ,