Monthly archives for May, 2017

Lingo for Gringos: Ten Spanish Words All Anglos Should Know

I call this commentary “Lingo for Gringos” mostly because it rhymes, but it should really be called “Ten Spanish Words all Texans Should Know.” I’m not talking about the easy words like cerveza, vino, tortilla, taco and baño. And I’m not talking about the common words you say every day that are actually Spanish words – patio, plaza,…

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Texas Standard: May 31, 2017

Lawmakers have left the building. But what did they accomplish in the 85th Legislative session when it comes to criminal justice? We’ll take a look. Also, a soldier commits a crime on a battlefield, maybe even murder, but should we re-think how we hold someone in a combat situation accountable? At least one Texas lawmaker…

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Texas Standard: May 30, 2017

Out with a scuffle: the final hours of the regular Texas legislative session marked with protests and threats. We’ll break it down. Also in legislative news we’ll take a look back at the session and evaluate how lawmakers did when it came to measures affecting children. Plus, is Texas still running the type of open,…

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Texas Standard: May 29, 2017

Just hours left until the end of the Texas Legislative session. We’ll explore what passed, what failed and what’s still up in the air. Also, they say “follow the money”, so we’ll take a close look at the budget that will guide the state for the next two years. Plus former Texas nurse convicted of…

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The Honorable Michael Tubbs (Ep. 25, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with The Honorable Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockton, California. A Stanford graduate and former Stockton city council member, Tubbs is at age 26 the first black mayor of Stockton, and youngest mayor in American history.

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T-Bone Walker (5.28.17)

T-Bone Walker was an American Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s sound and technique influenced generations of blues artists and helped create the foundation for what would become rock and roll. In this installment of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian, Neil Blumofe talks about how the life and legacy of T-Bone Walker can…

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KUT Weekend – May 26, 2017

New Census data shows explosive population growth in Texas suburbs and cities continues. What the GOP health care plan could mean for mental health services in Austin. And what exactly is “missing middle housing” and what does it have to do with affordability? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at…

Texas Standard: May 26, 2017

Tasers are supposed to be a less-lethal tool for police. But sometimes they still result in deaths, we’ll explore. Also the double-s word is getting thrown around again: special session. We’ll check in on the Texas Legislature as lawmakers set to wrap up. And Texas sheep and goat ranchers are losing animals to predators. How…

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Severe Weather Alerts

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for parts of the state over the weekend. Texans also know to keep there eyes and ears out for anything that could be more severe. That was the inspiration for this week’s poem.

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Saying No

We’ve done shows on the importance of being open to new opportunities; in short saying yes. And while saying yes is very important, we might be too prone toward saying yes to things when we should be saying no. Why is hard to say no? Why don’t we take into account the opportunity cost when…

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Texas Standard: May 25, 2017

Education savings accounts, opponents called em vouchers in disguise. Did that fight just scuttle school finance reform statewide? We’ll explore. Also the numbers are in: what does a new census report tell us about the shape of the Lone Star State? Plus there’s a law aimed at getting guns out of the hands of spousal…

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Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the author of three short story collections. His short fiction has received multiple awards including publication in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize stories. Chaon’s first novel Await Your Reply was a national bestseller, and his second novel Among the Missing was a finalist for the…

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Texas Standard: May 24, 2017

If John Cornyn says it’s dead on arrival, what’s the prospect for President Trump’s budget? That may not be the point, we’ll explore. Also, dramatic slashes in government programs so deep even republicans are balking along with democrats. Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says it’s a betrayal of Trump’s own constituents. And the end of…

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Texas Standard: May 23, 2017

The Manchester bomb attack sparks reaction across Texas; a former top national security adviser explores the implications. Also they’re calling it an emergency issue. With just a few days left in the legislative session, why are the governor, Lt. Governor, and the attorney General demanding lawmakers take up the issue of voter ID? Plus in…

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Texas Standard: May 22, 2017

Public money for private education; thought the plan was dead? School savings accounts become an 11th hour battleground, we’ll have the latest. Plus: plunger proof? The so-called Bathroom Bill back on a fast track to become Texas law, we’ll explore. And storms are on track for parts of Texas this week, but when it comes…

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South Carolina Travel App (Ep. 24, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Strauss Moore Shiple, Project Director with South Carolina’s Olde English District, and Dr. Louis Venters, professor of African and American History at Francis Marion University, about The Green Book of South Carolina, the first mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites…

South Carolina Travel App (Ep. 24, 2017)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses The Green Book of South Carolina, the first mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites across South Carolina, with Strauss Moore Shiple, Project Director of South Carolina’s Olde English District, and Dr. Louis Venters, professor of African and American History at Francis Marion…

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Higher Ed: College Readiness

What factors show that a student is ready for college: good grades? High test scores? A killer application and essay? Or, are more intangible qualities better indicators of college success? In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss what makes a high school student…

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KUT Weekend – May 19, 2017

How Austin is using trees to fight the heat. Uber and Lyft are set to return to Austin any day now. And how to navigate the many places in Austin to eat the Vietnamese sandwich bánh mì. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at http://weekend.kut.org

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Texas Standard: May 19, 2017

A police pension crisis creating big problems in Dallas. Now has a solution that appears to make all sides happy, we’ll explore. Also legislation being pushed by Texas Republicans could benefit Democrats, so why do Dems oppose it? We’ll check it out. And a new music festival in San Antonio that may be the first…

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