Archives for December 2014

KUT Weekend – December 26, 2014

The science behind the surge in earthquakes in Texas…how music helped a middle school student in Dove Springs….and ten dishes from new restaurants worth trying in 2015. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Celebration (12.20.14)

In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe discusses Jazz and The Art of Celebration.

December is a month of festivities, parties, and traditions, yet for many of us it is a time when the spotlight it pointed at how isolated we may feel without our loved ones, our homes, or our families around us.  In these moments of solitude it is important to remember and celebrate what we do have. The precious lives we are given to live, however sad or difficult they seem in these moments.

The universal sound and momentum of jazz, gives us a soundtrack by which we can follow the rhythms of our heart and our soul. Allowing us to celebrate our lives anew with each note and honor the wonderment of this universe.

KUT Weekend – December 19, 2014

An Austin police officer retires after making sexist remarks…a profile of the incoming Austin ISD superintendent…and helping Latinas navigate health care system. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Holiday Special

Join us for a holiday special as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take us through questions about the link between freewill and gratitude, why we feel so compelled to recreate traditions exactly as we remember them, and why yawning is contagious. Plus, we’ll take a trip to The Thinkery with Dr. Cristine Legare.

It’s the holidays so let’s celebrate with Two Guys on Your Head!

Clark Terry (12.14.14)

Clark Terry is an American born bebop trumpeter and pioneer of the flugelhorn. Born in the Midwest in 1920 he began his career under  the guidance of legends like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and went on to educate generations of musicians including Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and even Austin’s own Ephraim Owens.

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about how precious the life and work of Clark Terry is, as he plays the role, not only of a great musician, but as a hinge that links us to the past, present and future of jazz and America.

KUT Weekend – December 12, 2014

Inside AISD’s new single-sex school….oil and gas inspectors fired for doing their jobs…and a guide to the best Texas wine of 2014. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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The Interpertation of Memory

How and why we misperceive how memory works in the brain, in this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, with Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke.

Brian Beattie //Kathy McCarty //Ray Benson

In  this episode of “This Song” we hear Brian Beattie talk about a song that blew him away and made a shelf in his brain, Kathy McCarty talks about a song that opened her up to the possibility that songwriting wasn’t just for people from the olden times, and Ray Benson explores a song that showed him the power of one note played with emotion.

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KUT Weekend – December 5, 2014

New poll in Austin’s mayor’s race….Austin school district shifts gears in superintendent search….and saying goodbye to music legend Ian McLagan. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Dave Brubeck (12.7.14)

Dave Brubeck was an American jazz  pianist and composer who helped to bring jazz to a mainstream audience, during very turbulent days in America’s history. In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe discusses how listening to Brubeck’s music provides us with an opportunity to make change and fight injustices by finding our own voice.

Artificial Intelligence

In this edition of In Perspective we teamed up with KUT’s Views and Brews for a discussion on various elements of and debates over Artificial Intelligence. What does it actually mean to think? How does understanding how computers work inform what we understand about the brain? And what is on the horizon for us in the world of Artificial Intelligence?

Listen back as KUT’s Rebecca McInroy discusses all things AI with: Dr Galen Strawson, philosophy professor and author of  Locke on personal identity: Consciousness and Concernment; Dr. Peter Stone, professor of computer science and author of: Keyframe Sampling, Optimization, and Behavior Integration: Towards Long-Distance Kicking in the RoboCup 3D Simulation League; and novelist and poet Dr. Louisa Hall, whose latest novel Speak takes the reader through 5 decades of building an AI doll.