Monthly archives for December, 2017

Dr. Noliwe Rooks, pt. 2 (Ep. 4, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr concludes a conversation with Dr. Noliwe Rooks, Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of African Studies at Cornell University and author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation and the End of Public Education.

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KUT Weekend – December 29, 2017

A look back at our favorite stories of 2017, including changes in the neighborhood around 12th and Chicon Streets, a new Muslim sorority at UT Austin, and a local man who successfully pushed an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution. That and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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Custom License Plates

Putting a personalized license plate on your car could be about you, or it could be about a team you love, or maybe one you hate. They’re also a win for the state treasury.

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Texas Standard: December 29, 2017

An ongoing election recount issue in Virginia has a Texas tie. Why the state thought they had a fool-proof way of counting ballots in the wake of Bush v. Gore. Plus, thinking of changing careers in the New Year? Or taking steps to do so? We’ll lay out which industries across the state are likely…

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Texas Standard: December 28, 2017

Alright finish my sentence here: if you’re not guilty you’re..? did you say innocent? Well that’s not exactly true in one Houston case, we’ll explain. Also, a Texas global intelligence team is looking ahead to 2018 to pinpoint possible hotspots. Their list may look familiar. Plus, more predictions… this time in the world of tech….

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On The 20th Century, And The 22nd

With 2018 upon upon us, let’s look 100 years back at 1918, and let’s make some guesses about the coming year. In 1918, there were fewer than 250,000 vehicles on the road in Texas. No driver’s license was required, by the way. Given that there were only about 5 million of us back then, we…

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Texas Standard: December 27, 2017

Trips to Israel by Texas officials are costing taxpayers. Is it worth it? We’ll explore. Also we’ll take a look at the longstanding economic ties between Texas, and oil! Plus while all eyes have been on the North Pole the last few days we turn our attention to the South Pole. We’ll hear from a…

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You Talk White (Ep. 1)

Delve into the history of the “black southern dialect” and hear about the insecurities and expectations when speaking in white or intellectual spaces. DaLyah and Jackie discuss the shaming that comes from friends and family when not speaking “black” enough. Their guest is the author of “Sista, Speak! Black Women Kinfolk Talk About Language and…

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Texas Standard: December 26, 2017

It was the biggest weather disaster in Texas history: this hour we’re exploring how it changed the contours of the lone star state. We’re retracing Hurricane Harvey’s path through southeast Texas, and the long and winding road to recovery. From Port Aransas to Houston and the golden triangle, it’s the story of a storm which…

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Texas Standard: December 25, 2017

In 2017, the oil industry didn’t bounce back to those record highs of three years ago, but oil country? That’s another story, we’ll explain. We hope you and yours are have a very merry Christmas day, and we are celebrating the holidays here at the Standard in a manner befitting those of us who love…

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Dr. Noliwe Rooks, pt. 1 (Ep. 3, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr speaks with Dr. Noliwe Rooks, author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation and the End of Public Education, and Director of American Studies and Associate Professor of African Studies at Cornell University.  

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You Can’t Step Into The Same River Twice

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is noted as having said,  “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” But what does that mean for us today? On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk…

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KUT Weekend – December 22, 2017

The cousin of a teenager killed by an Austin police officer tries to keep his memory alive. Plus, how mental health care delivery in Austin is getting a shake-up. And a high school football team in a hurricane battered town plays for the state championship. Those stories in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at…

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Ode To The Mall

Even if you’re not a frequent denizen of the local mall, you’ve probably spent some time there this holiday season. And if not, you have some memories of teenaged days spent hanging out there.

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Texas Standard: December 22, 2017

Before Harvey, developers were allowed to build homes inside reservoirs. How did they get the green light? And did anyone warn the buyers? The story today on the Standard. Texas based AT&T giving 200,000 workers $1000 bonuses. The company says it’s thanks to the tax cuts just passed by congress. Now other companies are joining…

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Texas Standard: December 21, 2017

Texans and the Tax Bill. There are winners- and losers too. Kevin Diaz of the Houston Chronicle has done the numbers. How it all adds up today on the Texas Standard. Happy new year? With one of the biggest NSA surveillance operations ever authorized against US citizens currently set to expire December 31, a plan…

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Texas Standard: December 20, 2017

What’s most important to Texas? Harvey relief? A deal for DACA? What about just keeping the government going through the holidays? Deadlines and decisions on the Standard. In a moment we’ll talk with editors in three Texas cities to hear what Texans are telling them about what D.C. needs to get done by this weekend….

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Texas Standard: December 19, 2017

Internal dysfunction at the Texas agency that manages state buildings. How it’s affecting what tax dollars pay for? On today’s Texas Standard. You’ve heard it before, but could 2018 be the year for Texas Democrats? We’ll hear one argument. Austin wants a soccer team. But the city is still kicking around ideas about where to…

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Michael Hurd (Ep. 2, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Michael Hurd, Director of the Texas Institute For The Preservation of History and Culture at Prairie View A&M University and author of Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas.

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Texas Standard: December 18, 2017

The GOP says it has enough votes in the Senate to pass its tax bill. The reason? What might be called a last minute Santa clause…The story today on the Texas Standard. When Katrina made landfall in 2005–more than a thousand guns disappeared in the chaos, reappearing in crimes years later. But after Harvey, the…

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