Monthly archives for December, 2020


We may take for granted how easy we count things from day-to-day. Yet as Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke point out, learning your numbers and what they represent is a complex process.

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A Letter from Texas

By W. F. Strong If you had walked into the Neiman-Marcus store during the Christmas season in Dallas in 1939, you would have found a beautiful little book for sale titled A Letter from Texas.  The 20-page book, by the Texas poet, Townsend Miller, was commissioned by Stanley Marcus himself.  He had the gifted printer…

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Texas Standard: December 15, 2020

As hope arrives in Texas in the form of a vaccine, fears loom for thousands of Texans who don’t see how they’ll pay their rent next month. The story on today’s Texas Standard. The expiration of a federal moratorium on evictions leaves many Texas renters worried about where they’ll go come January…we’ll explore. Also, the…

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Was it Worth it Wanye?

In this episode of The Breaks: Hosts Confucius and Fresh talk about Lil Wayne’s recent legal troubles and wonder if the rapper regrets endorsing Donald Trump. Both hosts talk about the upcoming Verzuz battle between E-40 and Too $hort. In this weeks edition of “Random Hip-Hop facts,” Confucius and Fresh focus on Biz Markie and Lupe Fiasco, Twista and Spice…

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Texas Standard: December 14, 2020

A big red letter day for Texas as the first COVID-19 vaccines roll into the Lone Star State. Where the vaccines are going and what happens next- today on the Texas Standard. Four health care centers in Texas today set to receive the first batches of Pfizer’s just approved two-dose vaccine. How to find out…

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Ron Simons, pt. 2 (Ep. 2, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes his conversation with Ron Simons, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and President and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, about his efforts to bring diversity to the stage, telling stories about African American history and culture.

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KUT Weekend – December 11, 2020

Austin could move to Stage 5 of its COVID-19 risk based guidelines as soon as next week. Plus, Austin ISD’s decision to deny hundreds of teachers requesting pandemic medical exemptions the ability to work from home. And an Austin guitarist forced to rediscover his musical instrument following a stroke. Subscribe at

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Texas Standard: December 11, 2020

“Build the wall”. Those words that helped usher President Trump into office seem to still be guiding him as his time winds down- today on the Texas Standard. We know the coronavirus pandemic will shape the upcoming Texas legislative session. Another hot topic will be medical marijuana. But how about casinos? Some will be betting…

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Softness Surrounding

It’s been said many times over that 2020 has been a tough year. This Typewriter Rodeo poem is a reminder to be kind to yourself.

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Texas Standard: December 10, 2020

The start of the next Texas legislative session is looming… but what will it look like during this pandemic? Today on the Texas Standard. We’ll examine questions over how Texas lawmakers will vote and what access the public will have to hearings. Plus, Texas nursing homes will be among the first places in the state…

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Texas Standard: December 9, 2020

“Deeply dysfunctional.” Part of the findings of an investigation of Fort Hood. We’ll look at actions taken — and what’s left undone. Today on the Texas Standard. I’m Laura Rice in for David Brown. Learning during the pandemic. It’s been among the major challenges. So should it be business as usual when it comes to…

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Texas Standard: December 8, 2020

He is set to become, if not a household name, a statewide presence in politics: just who is Dade Phelan and why should everyday Texans care? We’ll explain. Also, by court order, the Trump administration says it has restored the deferred deportation program called DACA. But recipients remain fearful of its future. Also the change…

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The Return of Live Music Part 2

Hear from people across the spectrum of the Austin music scene talk about their live music experiences during the pandemic. In the first segment you’ll hear Pedro Carvalho and Lawrence Boone from the venue The Far Out Lounge talk about how they’ve managed to stay open and have consistent live music. Then KUT reporter Andrew…

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Ashanti vs Keyshia Cole

On this episode of The Breaks: Hosts Confucius and Fresh talk about the upcoming Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole on Saturday, December 12th. In this week’s installment of Random Hip-Hop Facts  both hosts celebrate Jay-Z’s December 4th birthday with some fun facts about their favorite rapper Fresh suggests that if people want clout, they need to earn it…

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Texas Standard: December 7, 2020

Front line workers in Texas get to get COVID-19 vaccines but educators and staff are demanding a better place in in the vaccination line. We’ll have details. Plus as Texas lawmakers get ready to start a new session, both republicans and democrats prepare to take on issues of voter fraud and voter access. Also, powering…

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The Principle of Contrast

When we have two things that are very similar to each other we might wonder, why do we have two when they seem to be the same? Turns out this is important for many reasons. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the principle of…

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Ron Simons, pt. 1 (Ep. 1, 2021)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. begins a conversation with Ron Simons, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and President and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, about his experience as a pioneer in the effort to bring diversity to the stage, telling stories about African American history and culture.

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KUT Weekend – December 4, 2020

Austin Mayor Steve Adler apologizes for vacationing in Cabo while urging people to stay home. Plus, the contentious Austin city council runoff elections in North Austin. And the hero lab mice we are sacrificing to advance COVID-19 vaccine research. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at

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Guacamole Chalupa With Beans, Please

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a widespread economic impact. Many small businesses have had to close their doors. This Typewriter Rodeo poem remembers one.

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Texas Standard: December 4, 2020

As hospital ICU units statewide again fill with COVID-19 patients, new restrictions are taking hold. Judge Clay Jenkins of Dallas county issues new orders curbing business activity, but admits it won’t be enough and calls on Texans to embrace a wartime patriotism to combat the virus. Our conversation with him coming up. Also, some Houston…

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