Monthly archives for August, 2016

Texas Standard: August 31, 2016

Texas police shootings: we’ll explore what we know about how often cops fire their weapons and what the consequences are. Plus more Central American kids making their way to Texas to escape atrocities. We’ll introduce you to some who are arriving legally. And bustling this time of year but otherwise vacant parking lots and under-used…

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Branford Marsalis (8.28.16)

Branford Marsalis is an American jazz instrumentalist and composer whose work expands spaces and understandings of the role of jazz in almost every musical genre. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what the life and work of Branford Marsalis can teach us today.

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Texas Standard: August 30, 2016

First it was federal prisons. Now, what could be a sea change in how the US handles families crossing the border. Also can Texas hold it’s liquor laws? A sobering challenge from the nation’s biggest brick and mortar retailer, and billions of dollars in the balance. Plus in advance of a major storm expected on…

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Keith Corson (Ep. 38, 2016)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the history of Hollywood films targeting African American audiences with Keith Corson, visiting professor of English at Rhodes College and author of Trying To Get Over: African American Directors After Blaxploitation, 1977 to 1986.

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Texas Standard: August 28, 2016

A billion dollars for the border? A request from Texas law enforcement raises eyebrows and more than a few questions. Plus could it be Nullification nation? More than two months away from the election, a Texas elector says no Trump, no way…raising the prospect of an electoral college uprising against the popular vote. We’ll explore….

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Best of “Higher Ed:” Learning and Doubt

Doubt. It can make us question some of our deeply-held beliefs. But is that necessarily a bad thing? In this “Best Of…” episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger talk about the value that doubt can have for our learning and education. Doubt can be a…

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KUT Weekend – August 26, 2016

A trip to the Donald Trump rally. University of Texas students protest campus carry with sex toys. Why Austin grocery stores go crazy for hatch chilis. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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Table That Thought

Everyone has their own way of relaxing and gaining perspective: meditating, listening to music, or sitting in a favorite chair with a cup of tea. Sometimes you just need to sit and ponder life’s questions and forget about the daily routine. Today’s poem is for all of us who need to stop and think, tables…

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Texas Standard: August 26, 2016

How much is too much? A Texas teacher’s note to parents sparks a national conversation over homework. We’re hittin’ the books today on the Texas Standard. You’ve heard about the opioid problem nationwide, now hear this: the drug linked to the death of Prince is causing a crisis in Houston. We’ll learn why. Also, is…

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TED Talks

TED Talks! Love ’em or hate ’em they may be changing the way we approach science. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about what it is about these captivating orations.

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The Ticket: Donald Trump Came to Austin, and You’ll Totally Believe What Happened Next.

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Texas Standard: August 25, 2016

$20 million and change— a record setting fine for the administrators of the annual Texas standardized school tests. The stakes today on the Texas Standard. The attack on the university in Kabul: dozens of American Universities around the world, what’s in a name? And why that matters. Also, if Northeast Texas were a separate state…

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Texas Standard: August 24, 2016

Guess who’s coming to dinner? The mother of a transgender boy gets a long awaited RSVP from Ken Paxton. We’ll meet her today on the Texas Standard. Set asides for higher ed students- the Lt. Governor wants to get rid of them claiming it would cut the cost of college across the board. Do the…

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Why Are Grocery Stores So Hot for Hatch Chile Peppers? 🌶

Austin’s love affair with Hatch chile peppers comes and goes every August. Did you ever wonder why grocery stores get so excited about Hatch?

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The Texan Origins of the Word Maverick

This is a biography of a word. It is about a word that was essentially born in Texas, grew up to achieve success here, and eventually became famous the world over. It has now gone well beyond its modest roots as a simple noun and transformed itself into impressive, symbolic fame as a metaphor. The…

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Texas Standard: August 23, 2016

Lynch mobs are thriving in Texas, only these days they’re online, and kids are often the victims. Now a push for a law to stop them. Today on the Texas Standard. What’s less likely than this: Donald Trump stumping for votes in the solidly democratic capitol of the reddest of states? We’ll hear what really…

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Texas Standard: August 22, 2016

File under impeccable timing: on the first day of school for many across Texas, a ruling to stop a controversial bathroom policy- details today on the Texas Standard. The decision by a federal court in Texas affects schools nationwide, temporarily putting the brakes on an Obama Adminsitration order to accomodate transgender students. We’ll explore the…

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Kenny Braswell (Ep. 37, 2016)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Kenny Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated and author of Daddy, There’s A Noise Outside. Mr. Braswell is also Director of The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.

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Best of “Higher Ed:” Liberal Arts, Democracy, and the Media

What happens when you mix liberal arts and democracy and throw in a little media coverage? You get a fascinating discussion about the intersection of those three institutions. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss how learning habits developed while studying the liberal arts…

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The Race Has Gotten Ugly

We’ve been hearing from presidential hopefuls for nearly three years now. It’s 2016, and here we are counting down to the general election. Tensions are high and lines have been drawn. The one thing we can all agree on: things are getting ugly.

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