Monthly archives for April, 2020

Texas Standard: April 30, 2020

60 state lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans, call on the Governor to explain a lack of transparency concerning apparent hotspots statewide. The letter to Governor Abbott cites Coronavirus outbreaks at long term care facilities for the elderly and the lack of information on what’s being done to protect residents and staffers. We’ll talk to the representative…

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Texas Standard: April 29, 2020

Tho COVID-19 seems to be receding in larger Texas cities but a rise of cases in smaller cities has those on the front lines getting hit especially hard. We’ll hear more on a Coronavirus outbreak among first responders in Abilene. Meanwhile in the biggest county in Texas, certain neighborhoods finding themselves most at risk. We’ll…

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Texas Standard: April 28, 2020

Stay at home has done its job, but it’s getting to be time to get back to work, says Governor Abbott. We’ll take a look at the blueprint for the incremental re-opening of Texas. Plus the role of testing and contact tracing. Also, how a city that brands itself the wedding capital of the world…

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Celebrating Friday

Fresh and Confucius talk about the battle between Teddy Riley and Babyface, touch on the conflict between French Montana and Young Thug and remember Friday on its 25th anniversary.

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Texas Standard: April 27, 2020

More Texans out and about over the weekend as the governor makes moves to reopen the Texas economy. We’ll look at what’s next and the implications for safety. Despite steps to get back to business, no end in site yet for a return to normalcy. We’ll talk about steps to stay mentally well under stay…

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Robert Townsend (Ep. 21, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson speaks with actor, film director/producer and writer Robert Townsend about his challenges and successes over three decades in the entertainment industry, including the groundbreaking film Hollywood Shuffle, the Making The Five Heartbeats documentary, and new television project American Soul.

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The Mandela Effect

When large groups of people believe something has happened that has not actually happened it is referred to as The Mandela Effect. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how this happens from a psychological perspective.

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KUT Weekend – April 24th, 2020

This week, a UT grad student is marooned in Dubai after COVID-19 travel rules stymie his return to Austin. Construction in Texas is ‘essential’ during the pandemic. Workers worry their health is not. And UT Researchers say social distancing is working. Slacking off could put us on a ‘catastrophic path.’ Subscribe at

Closet Recordings: Kenneth Koch and The Weekly Poetry Lesson

In this edition of This is Just To Say: The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist, Carrie Fountain channels the poetry and wisdom of poet Kenneth Koch and asks us all to write one sentence that begins with, “I wish…”   Email your wishes to Carrie here.

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Texas Standard: April 24, 2020

Are you ready to get back to normal? Attitudes in Texans on a planned return to business as usual or something closer to it. A new UT Texas Tribune poll on how Texans are feeling about efforts to curb the impact of the Coronavirus. Also, how the school lockdown is playing out on the other…

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‘Working’ From Home

Many Texans are out of work right now. Others continue with what’s deemed essential business. And others still are trying to maintain duties that used to be done in an office — but is now being attempted at home. That third category was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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Texas Standard: April 23, 2020

According to an African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child. But what if the village is under lockdown? We’ll take a look at the challenge facing new Texas parents during COVID-19. Also, academics have long talked about the digital divide, but in a pandemic it’s having practical implications for millions of Texas…

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Texas Standard: April 22, 2020

50 years ago today, what many people mark as the start of the modern environmental movement. What is the state of the Earth today? During a time of global pandemic, a pause to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Also, testing for Coronavirus ramping up in the most populous counties, whats holding back…

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Texas Cowboy Moves to Montana

by W. F. Strong (adapted from folklore)  I think we’re in need of humor more now than ever before. So I thought I’d share with you this bit of classic Texas folklore. You may well have heard it before and, if you have, I’m sure you won’t mind hearing it again. If you haven’t heard…

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Texas Standard: April 21, 2020

A gradual reopening in Texas. The governor promises it’ll be science based, but some have questions because of relative low levels of testing. We’ll have the latest. Also, how low can you go? What about prices plummeting to negative territory? Understanding the implications of a historic crash in one of the states staple industries. And…

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Closet Recordings: Naomi Shihab Nye

For this edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “Wedding Cake” by Naomi Shihab Nye.

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The Breaks: Babyface vs Teddy Riley vs Technology

This week on The Breaks, Confucius and Fresh discuss the music landscape during a pandemic and talk about recent beat battles, including the technological difficulties of Babyface and Teddy Riley.

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Texas Standard: April 20, 2020

Texas becomes one of the first states making moves toward a post COVID-19 lockdown. Too fast, too soon? Governor abbott, flanked by other top officials announces schools will remain closed in Texas, but a task force is working on getting back to business as usual. We’ll discuss what happens next with House speaker Dennis Bonnen….

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Dr. Laura W. Cheever (Ep. 20, 2020)

On this week’s In Black America program, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Laura W. Cheever, MD., Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, about the need to emphasize awareness of and access to HIV/AIDS treatment services for African Americans.

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KUT Weekend – April 17th, 2020

This week, an Austin running company changes course amid the coronavirus pandemic. Testing and tracing could get us out of quarantine someday. But what’s tracing, and how does it work? And, with families stuck close to home, ‘bear hunters’ take to Austin’s streets. Subscribe at