Monthly archives for February, 2017

Texas Standard: February 28, 2017

A sudden reversal from the department of justice: Texas didn’t intended to discriminate with Voter ID. Why the 180 and why does it matter? We’ll explore. Also: as immigration detention centers in Texas fill with new arrivals, a lawsuit against a private company running many of those centers: the allegation? Forced labor. The case could…

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Texas Standard: February 27, 2017

Feeling the pinch? Texas lawmakers blame lower oil and gas revenue. But for the real explanation, you may have to drill deeper, we’ll explore. Plus homeschoolers and public school advocates form an unlikely partnership: the target? Stopping the latest effort on school choice. We’ll hear why. And sweat dirt and drilling equipment: the stuff fortunes…

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Four Who Have Made A Difference (Ep. 12, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a second look at four notable Achievers who have made significant contributions to African American life: John Wooten, Michel Martin, Ron Kirk, and the late Joyce Ann Brown.

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Higher Ed: “Intellectual Hurt”

In a recent episode of KUT’s podcast “Higher Ed,” Dr. Ed Burger used the phrase “hurt yourself intellectually.” Doesn’t sound like a great idea, does it?! In this episode, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss what that phrase means in relation to our learning and education, and why a little…


KUT Weekend – February 24, 2017

Demolitions in East Austin. What would moving Austin ISD’s best-performing school mean for diversity there? And learning about Islam — over coffee.¬†Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend. Subscribe at

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Texas Standard: February 24, 2017

What does the Trump administration really have in store for the next 4 years? Don’t say nobody warned ya. The story today on the Texas Standard. Social media and text messages suspected behind skyrocketing numbers of inappropriate stident teacher relationships in Texas. What to do? The Texas legislature now stepping in. Also: a rare conversation…

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Coincidence (Rebroadcast)

Have you ever thought of a friend you haven’t seen in a long time only to run into them the same day? Have you ever thought of a historical figure and had that same person be a clue in the New York Times¬†crossword puzzle? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art…

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Capital Bar Conversations

Work at the Texas State Capitol building can get contentious. Partisan disputes and back-hallway wheeling and dealing can leave one feeling a little exhausted at the end of the day — or whenever the lege wraps up. Sometimes what you need is a visit to the bar down the street.

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Texas Standard: February 23, 2017

It used to be the wall, now a new nightmare for Mexico city: where to put thousands of deportees and refugees, we’ll explore. Plus not one, not two, but five new bills aimed at countering campus sexual assault including one that could lead to criminal sanctions against college professors and administrators. And cranes and construction…

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12th & Chicon: Hot Street, Cold Street

East 11th seems to be the picture of urban renewal in Austin. Since the city launched its revitalization effort in 1999, the street has made significant progress toward becoming a visitor destination. Residential, retail and office development is booming. Just a few blocks away on East 12th, things are a lot quieter.

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Texas Standard: February 22, 2017

Picture this: the US orders new deportation camps set up along the Mexico border. Unrealistic? Mexico doesn’t think so, we’ll have the latest. Plus with the Trump administration announcing new deportation orders, where does that leave Mexican nationals in the US previously permitted to stay under deferred action? The view from a place called limbo….

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Anglo Settlers Were Texas’ Original Undocumented Immigrants

This was the situation: the new immigrants to Texas were becoming quite a problem. They were coming across the river in droves. Some were legal and some were undocumented. Some were living on land they had legally acquired and some were squatters, living on land that belonged to others. The legal immigrants were being followed…

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Texas Standard: February 21, 2017

Before the highest court in the land: the case of the killing of a teenager at the border, and the question where do we draw the line? Plus first came the Tea Party, then complaints about RINO’s-republicans in name only. As Trump opponents adopt the tea party strategy, a call for the fall of the…

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12th & Chicon: Allowing Denser Housing

Neighborhoods in East Austin are not immune to the difficult deliberations over housing density, affordability, and when a “tear-down” truly needs to be labeled historic. City council and the Historic Landmark Commission are challenged with weighing the rights of a homeowner and the desire to preserve Austin’s history.

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Texas Standard: February 20, 2017

One month after taking office, historically low approval ratings for the President: but in Texas new numbers tell quite a different story. Also a working vacation for members of congress? Many appear to be busy this week avoiding hometown constituents but who’s gonna pay for that wall? Mexico warns the price for deteriorating relations may…

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Margot Lee Shetterly (Ep. 11, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.

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Higher Ed: Lifelong Learning in Action

A popular topic for discussion on the “Higher Ed” podcast is lifelong learning: taking on educational opportunities at any stage of life, especially well after the formal education years are past. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger talk about what we can all…

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12th & Chicon: Preserving History

Ebony Acres, a historically black neighborhood in East Austin, is at the crossroads of preservation and development. With some homes slated for demolition, some neighbors are trying to slow the tides of change.

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KUT Weekend – February 17, 2017

Immigration arrests cause anxiety for undocumented children. The forgotten African-American cowboys of Texas. Why are flowers blooming in mid-February? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend. Subscribe at

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Texas Standard: February 17, 2017

An undocumented woman seeking protection from domestic violence arrested in an El Paso courtroom–the shape of things to come? That’s today on the Standard. The pushback on sanctuary cities inspires a throwback strategy: the return of sanctuary churches. We’ll meet a pastor who’s behind an effort in Texas–one that could lead to his own arrest….

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