Monthly archives for March, 2017

Jeff Ballou (Ep. 15, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a conversation with Jeff Ballou, News Editor at Al Jazeera Media Network’s English Language Channel, and the 110th President of the National Press Club, the first African American to hold the position.

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Texas Standard: March 17, 2017

It’s called a ‘declaration of taking’. Tho you might call it something else: the first tangle steps toward a border wall. Also a rough landing for US air traffic controllers? Why the FAA may not be in charge of managing the highways of the sky much longer…we’ll explain. And the New York stock exchange. The…

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Reading Minds

Psychics have something going on, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we think people can read our minds, why they can’t, and how we can have better interactions by recognizing what we need and…

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KUT Weekend – March 17, 2017

Austin’s ride-hailing apps struggling during SXSW. Texas is suing the Trump administration over nuclear waste. A review of a new Chinese restaurant on East 11th Street called Old Thousand. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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Texas Standard: March 16, 2017

A tweak to a plan to ban sanctuary cities statewide: one that could make a big difference at the side of the road, we’ll explore. Also jammed 911 lines blamed for two deaths in Dallas: is a cellphone glitch gumming up the whole emergency system? And a regulation aimed at preventing another west, suddenly headed…

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Texas Standard: March 15, 2017

Two Texas lawmakers may have discovered a cure for what ails our political process. The catch: someone’s gotta pay for the gas. Also all across the US the numbers grow to nearly 500 so-called sanctuary cities and jurisdictions. That number may be about to shrink: lawmakers hear from everyday Texans on a bill to draw…

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12th & Chicon: Consistency of Sausage Making

Gary Tharp, owner of Texas Sausage Company, has been running the the business since 1988. He says he’s considered moving from the East 12th Street location, but that it would likely cost more to move than it would to stay put. Tharp’s business has been in his family for the better part of 70 years.

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Texas Standard: March 14, 2017

An assault. Evidence gathered and then nothing. Now a grassroots effort to get a backlog of thousands rape kits analyzed, we’ll explore. Also whose info is it anyway? What’s behind a spike in the number of denials for open record requests in Texas. And machines that do the work of humans, and sometimes look like…

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Texas Standard: March 13, 2017

Did Texas Republicans draw up districts intentionally to dilute minority voting strength? A federal court says yes: now what? It used to be known as the spinach capitol of the world. These days, it’s famous as the city where nearly every top official was charged with corruption. Crystal City: one year later. Also: it’s part…

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Meaghan “Meag” Taylor (Ep. 14, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Meaghan “Meag” Taylor, on-air personality and Assistant Program Director with WTUG Radio in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and founder of Women In Radio.

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Best of “Higher Ed:” How Outside Circumstances Can Impact Learning

Note: This “Higher Ed” episode was originally posted on February 28, 2016. In an ideal world, every student comes to class, or to any educational situation, well-prepared and ready to learn. But in reality, all kinds of life circumstances outside the classroom – such as poverty – can influence what happens inside the classroom. In…

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Texas Standard: March 10, 2017

Should a joint land you in jail? Thats the pot law on the books now in Texas: up to six months, in theory. But we’ll hear from a republican who’s fighting to reduce that penalty. Plus historic antiquities swiped from Mexico and intercepted by park rangers on a smuggling route through Big Bend. We’ll hear…

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KUT Weekend – March 10, 2017

The “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people advances in the Texas legislature. An effort to reduce penalties for marijuana possession. SXSW backs off controversial immigration language in its artist agreement. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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A lot of us can listen to a newscast or a lecture about, global warming or the federal budget, and hear numbers in the trillions mentioned and think we know what is being discussed. We might even come out with a sense that we learned something about said numbers. Yet, as Dr. Art Markman and…

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Texas Standard: March 9, 2017

Illegal crossings on the southwest border down 40 percent in one month! The trump administration says, “You’re welcome” but can they take the credit? Also the tax man calculating the value of homes across Texas right now. We’ll tell you about a political effort to cap how much your property taxes can be raised and…

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Texas Weather is Never Normal

When Admiral Perry arrived at the North Pole, according to legend, he said, “Must be a cold day in Amarillo!” He was referring of course to the old Texas saying that there is nothing between Amarillo and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence. Amarillo and the Panhandle are not just famous for arctic…

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Texas Standard: March 8, 2017

Obamacare, but for how much longer? How does what’s been called repeal and replace stand to affect Texans? Answers and more questions today. Also as many servicemen and women once stationed in Afghanistan return to Texas, new boots on the ground over there: Chinese boots. We’ll explore. And give me your tired, your very poor,…

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The Documentary (EP. 8)

Stuart Hall: In Conversations revisits the life and work of the Jamaican-born cultural theorist, Stuart Hall, a key figure in the foundation of the field of Cultural Studies. Through interviews, music, and audio archives, this program examines the political and historical context that shaped Stuart Hall’s ideas. From the 1950s until his death in 2014,…

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Texas Standard: March 7, 2017

The bathroom line gets long outside the senate chambers as lawmakers hunker down to take care of business, we’ll have the latest on a controversial move just ahead. Also is there something Texas democrats and republicans can agree on? Quite possibly. We’ll hear about rumblings over criminal justice reform. Plus 11 professors for how much?…

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Texas Standard: March 6, 2017

Mr. Obama told his successor it would be the most urgent problem he would confront. Hint: it doesn’t involve wiretaps. Should the Trump administration take out North Korea’s weapons capability, and if so how? In the wake of a new wave of rocket launches, UT’s Jeremy Suri joins us to consider the options. Also winter…

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