Archives for February 2015

Lee Konitz (1.1.15)

Lee Konitz is an American jazz composer and alto saxophonist, who continues to build space for evolving styles and techniques in his work on the alto-sax. Inspired by Benny Goodman, Konitz carved out a sound that was, at times, contrary to prevailing ideas of what was “cool” in jazz in the shadow of Charlie Parker.

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the importance of Konitz’s life and work, and what his dedication to his craft can teach us about re-inventing our days and selves as we live.


A Poem for Texas Independence Day

Monday, March 2 is Texas Independence Day – and the first day Texas Standard begins airing statewide! To celebrate, we asked Sean Petrie with Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo to pen a poem.

KUT Weekend – February 27, 2015

New technology tells you where your next bus is….how Austin’s building boom leaves some people behind….and fresh polling numbers on Texans political beliefs. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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February 27, 2015

Land of the free and the home of the hacker? Why Texas ranks top for e-fraudsters. Also, echoes of the D.C. sniper attacks with random shootings in Houston. Plus, Andy Roddick speaks out on Texas Education and – unlike some other sports heroes – still refuses to bite his tongue. All that and more on this episode of the Texas Standard:

The Placebo Effect

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how and why placebos can make us feel better.

February 26, 2015

What’s the difference between right and wrong? After the sniper trial a proposal to change the insanity defense. And, the right to try-a push for experimental drugs. Yik Yak-yuk? A social media platform aimed at colleges- and colleges are firing back. Also, why are so many Texas kids leaving college money on the table? Plus, a name synonymous with Texas football confesses his greatest move wasn’t on the gridiron, but on graduation day. All that and more on the Texas Standard:

February 25, 2015

As the courts brace for battle over halting deportations, where’s the outrage over the other unilateral immigration action? Plus, the Texas tax cuts of 2015 — will they happen, who’ll keep their money and why? Also, youngsters step up to school the rest of us on the trouble with coeducation in Texas. And after the thaw, tips on getting your hands dirty. All that and more on the Texas Standard:

February 24, 2015

Unsubstantiated shootings and allegations of excessive force–now a test begins to police the border patrol. Plus, a company turning the field of foster care into a cash cow. Also, anti-feminist, anti-freedom, anti-modern, pro-beheadings-what could make a paternalistic death cult attractive to teenage girls? And, closer to home, the return of Billy the Kid-notorious outlaw-think again. All this, and much more, on today’s episode of the Standard.

February 23, 2015

Winter storm watches and warnings stretch across the top two-thirds of Texas, a deadline to fund homeland security and a showdown in Washington to tie funding to immigration policy. A South Texas prison riot is under control, but for how long? And what do the Koch Brothers, the Sierra Club and the founder of Space X have in common and why are they joining forces? All that and more on the the Texas Standard:

Higher Ed: Who’s An “Expert” In Education?

“Takes one to know one.” Remember that phrase? It’s usually tossed around as an insult during an argument. But, could there be a grain of truth in that? What does it mean to be an expert in something? In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss what qualifies (and what doesn’t) when it comes to being an expert in education. Just about all of us have been to school of some kind at some point along the way. Does that mean we know what’s best when it comes to education policy and curriculum? Who does know best: trained educators and administrators steeped in the knowledge? Or more detached observers with expertise in other areas?

Four Who Have Made A Difference (Ep. 11, 2015)

In Black America highlights the contributions made by four outstanding African Americans: businesswoman Natalie Madeira Cofield, Gospel entrepeneur Dr. Bobby Jones, author Will Haygood, and the late journalist Robert Maynard.

Blues And The Abstract Truth (2.22.15)

Blues and the Abstract Truth the triumph of band leader, arranger, and saxophonist Oliver Nelson. It helped to define the sound of an era with the classic “Stolen Moments”, but also assembled an all-star cast of musicians including: Eric Dolphy; Bill Evans; Paul Chambers; and Roy Haynes.

In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the significance of this seminal record, and what it means to explore truths through abstraction.

Perry ‘Getting Over the Oops’

Since leaving the governor’s mansion after 14 years and 61 days in office, Rick Perry takes on his next challenge: getting over some of the “oops” moments he collected over his tenure.

Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fruchter calls upon the blunders of ex-governor Rick Perry to inspire this week’s poem.

KUT Weekend – February 20, 2015

Gay couple gets marriage license in Austin……concerns about how money is being spent on Austin’s only commuter rail line….and the new Texas Governor’s policy wish list. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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February 20, 1015

A license was filed, and Texas’ first legal same-sex marriage was performed – unless it never really happened? Plus: Who foots the bill for Border Security? An Oscars check-in to see which Texans will make us proud. A teenager angling for a trip to Mars, and tiny’s the next big thing in social networks. All that and more, on the Standard:

February 19, 2015

The first ever same-sex couple was married in Texas today. A top Texas economist warns that within hours, there could be a total bank collapse in Greece. Also, a new plan to calculate all the costs of electricity in Texas. And the barbecue wars of 2015. All that, and much more, on today’s episode of the Standard:

February 18, 2015

Ethics in Texas politics and the road to the U.S. as thousands of Syrians flee the fighting. A Texas experiment puts women against men in a simulated Wall Street and do we Texans have our own language. All that, and much more, on today’s episode of the Standard:

February 17, 2015

Chemical weapons in Iraq seized by US forces 10 years ago. Does this rewrite the history of the Iraq conflict? Also a story that affects millions across Texas and far beyond as a Texas judge stops President Obama’s anti-deportation order in its tracks. One two three stoplight, a Texas lawmaker plans to put the brakes on red light cameras. Also musician, author and actor Steve Earle tells us why he’s gone from Texas for good. All that plus much more on today’s episode of the Standard:

February 16, 2015

Corpus, Dallas, El Paso and beyond. Today, the mayors of the top 10 Texas cities join forces for the first time. Also, should a private company have the power to take your property? A North Texas republican says something’s gotta change. Do you remember the Alamo? Sure hope so, because part of its disappearing at the rate of two inches every 50 years.

Higher Ed: Technology, Art, Ethics, and More Converge in 3-D Printing

3-D printing seems like a great deal. Need something? Print it up. Anything from food to clothing to houses can be printed and used. But just because we can print it, should we? And what about people who don’t have access to the technology? In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss the convergence of technology, economics, art, ethics, and morality in grappling with the issues raised by what 3-D printing can do. And what about the impact of 3-D printing on education and learning?