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How Texas Became A Desert

By W. F. Strong To much of the world, and to many people in the U.S. who have never been to Texas, the state is a vast desert. It is not the Sahara, but instead a high-plains arid region studded with rocky mesas, sweeping wall-like cliffs, dusty canyons, and sometimes adorned with thousands of Saguaro…

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Texas Standard: July 12, 2019

As ICE raids are planned for the weekend, a so-called “Sanctuary Cities” lawsuit targeting San Antonio loses some steam. We’ll explain. Also, when we talk about Texas politics we always talk red and blue. But what about green? Purple? An effort to get more options on the ballot. And Texas is becoming just the second…

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Kelly Jenrette and Melvin Jackson, Jr. (Ep. 45, 2018)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with actress Kelly Jenrette and actor, writer and producer Melvin Jackson, Jr., the first African American married couple to both be nominated for Emmy Awards.

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Texas Standard: July 12, 2018

Buzz builds around a charismatic democrat running for statewide office in Texas, bringing free media and money from Hollywood. Sound familiar? Beto O’Rourke has the sort of charm and charisma that’s drawn the attention of the national press corps, as new fundraising numbers show him leaving his rival, incumbent Ted Cruz in the dust. But…

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V&B – The Hook

It’s a story of the most influential movie never made, The Hook! KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins Dr. Charlotte Canning and a cast of players to talk about the relationship between Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan, Blacklisting in Hollywood, and what this colorful past can teach us about our current social and political moment in the arts.

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Keith Corson (Ep. 38, 2016)

In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. discusses the history of Hollywood films targeting African American audiences with Keith Corson, visiting professor of English at Rhodes College and author of Trying To Get Over: African American Directors After Blaxploitation, 1977 to 1986.

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Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (Ep. 01, 2016)

In Black America presents a conversation with the late actors and social activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, recorded after the 1998 publication of their dual autobiography, “With Ossie and Ruby: Together In This Life.”

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Stuntwoman Angela Meryl (Ep. 50, 2015)

A conversation with Angela Meryl, stuntwoman, actor, and author of “Stunts: The How to Handbook – Secrets from an Award-Winning Hollywood Stunt Woman.”

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Texas Standard: October 1, 2015

We’re Waco police lying in wait for bikers back in May? More than 4 months after a deadly shootout, an eyewitness narrative emerges. And a time to lift the oil export ban? The case pro and con. Also, Hollywood’s vision of the wild west… the spirits were brave, the guns were six shooters, and men…

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