Archives for June 2014

Green Room: Phil Collins’ Alamo

The biggest collection of Alamo artifacts ever amassed is returning home, thanks to rocker and hard-core Alamo aficionado Phil Collins. The English drummer and award-winning vocalist chats with the Texas Standard about his multi-million dollar gift — and his unlikely obsession.

KUT Weekend – June 27, 2014

$1.4 billion urban rail plan clears city council vote….a trip to Honduras to see why kids might be fleeing to Texas….Phil Collins explains why he’s donating millions in Alamo artifacts back to Texas. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

Eric Dolphy (6.29.14)

Eric Dolphy was an American born jazz saxophonist, composer and bass clarinetist who worked with many jazz greats including Charles Mingus to shape a new direction forward for jazz in the 1960s. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about what Dolphy’s approach to his music and his life can teach us about courage and determination.


In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Psychology professors Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore the meaning and purpose of laughter.

Green Room: Iraq Veterans

As ‘ISIS’ insurgents rapidly take over vast portions of Iraq, the U.S. sends special forces and explores possible further military options. How are veterans of the Iraq conflict reacting to the news? Would they support a U.S. return to Iraq?

Green Room: Prison Heat

What could drive prisoners and their guards to join forces against the State of Texas? With temps topping 150F in several facilities, union leader Lance Lowry says spending time in a Texas prison could become an unsanctioned death sentence.

Green Room: Civil Forfeiture

Texas law enforcement agencies rake in tens of millions of dollars each year seizing cash and assets from members of the public, including many innocent people who are neither arrested nor convicted of crimes. Matt Miller Executive Director of the Texas Chapter of the Institute for Justice says its time to ban the practice.

Green Room: Soccer

More Americans are attending and watching the World Cup than ever before. Could this be the long-awaited ‘tipping point’ for the game’s popularity in the U.S.?’s Greg Lalas talks about the prospects and the Texan set to soccer’s next star.

Green Room: Nina Diaz

Nina Diaz finally returns to the stage: this time both solo…and sober. A strikingly candid conversation with the longtime voice of the legendary all-girl rock trio Girl in a Coma.

George Gershwin (6.22.14)

George Gershwin was an American musician,  composer and visionary whose work at the beginning of the 20th century helped to shaped a collective understanding of the American experience. In this installment of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe explores the life and legacy George Gershwin.

KUT Weekend – June 20, 2014

A look at “gay reparative therapy” endorsed by the Texas Republican Party….Mayor Leffingwell makes his case for spending millions on urban rail….and Austin’s code compliance officers cracking down. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget was born in 1896 in Switzerland, and he died in 1980.  His background was in biology and he became especially fascinated with studying the psychological development of children. Piaget was a transformational researcher in the field of child developmental psychology.  In fact, he is still, to this day, the most cited psychologist in the field.

What exactly did Piaget do?  How did he change our understanding of human brain development from infancy to adulthood?  In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about Jean Piaget and his impact on the field of cognitive psychology.

Jaki Byard (6.15.14)

Jaki Byard was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer who collaborated with many artists, significantly Charles Mingus. He incorporated a range of styles in his approach, from ragtime to bebop, and swing to stride. He spanned years of musical tradition, bringing history into one moment–an eternal now. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores what the music and legacy of Jaki Byard can teach us today.

KUT Weekend – June 13, 2014

Governor Perry criticized for comparing gays to alcoholics….Dove Springs residents tell us how to help their neighborhood….and the Texas craft beer industry marks its 20th anniversary. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend.

Senses and Perception

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explore how our senses work together to perceive the world around us.

Green Room: Googlemobiles

The self-driving cars of the future are about to be built. But is Texas ready? Meet Dr. Kara Kockleman, a UT Engineering professor and one of just a few world-class scholars studying the positives–and negatives–of our driverless future.

Green Room: Amazing Grace

Texas just lost one of its most powerful women in politics. And yet, not only did you never cast a vote for her, chances are good you don’t even know her name. But political strategist Harold Cook says that considering her impact, you probably should.

Yusef Lateef (6.8.14)

Yusef Lateef was an American jazz mufti-instrumentalist, composer and educator who extended the possibilities of what it meant to understand and expand in the jazz genera with a universal sensibility. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe illustrates what the music and legacy of Lateef and his music can teach us about moving past our own ideas of fulfillment, beyond any limitations, to understand the possibilities and richness in the present moment.

KUT Weekend – June 6, 2014

X-Games in Austin….Republicans gather in Fort Worth….could veterans lead the medical marijuana movement? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend.

How Does Psychological Distance Effect Us?

The idea of distance conjures up many images in our minds. We might be thinking of how wonderful it will be when we are retired and have time to spend with our loved ones, do some traveling, or play 18 holes of golf on a weekday. Or perhaps when we think of distance, we think of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how far away the conflicts are from us.

For Art Markman and Robert Duke, how we process distance is particularly important, because it clues researchers in to how we think and make decisions as a result of distance.