Archives for March 2015

This Song: Magna Carda

On this episode of This Song, Elizabeth McQueen sits down with the members of Magna Carda — Megz Kelli, Dougie Do, Eric Nikolaides, Derek Van Wagner and Michael Gonzales — and hears about each of their important songs–everything from the Soulquarians to Sir Duke.

Magna Carda has a new record out called Like it Is, which you can download for free from Bandcamp.

This Song was recorded by Cliff Hargrove and edited and produced by Elizabeth McQueen with help from David Sanger. The theme song is “Mahout” by Hard Proof.

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Hank Aaron, pt. 1 (Ep. 16, 2015)

In Black America host and producer John L. Hanson, Jr. presents remarks by Major League legend and Hall of Famer Henry Aaron, speaking at the Tom Johnson Lecture Series at the University of Texas with LBJ Library director Mark Updegrove.

Higher Ed: The Meaning and Nuance of Numbers

From pre-K and all the way through graduate studies in math, we learn about numbers. But think about it – what is a number, really? What does the concept of  “four” or a “million” of something actually mean? In this week’s episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed,  KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger try to define what numbers really are. Hear some stories about first graders’ take on the meaning of numbers. And it turns out humans aren’t the only species that uses the concept of numbers. Ever heard of the “limit of four?” Listen on to find out what it means, and what is tells us about how humans and other species make meaning and learn.

Dexter Gordon (3.29.15)

Dexter Gordon was an American jazz saxophone player, who helped to cement the bebop style post Charlie Parker and others.  He spent most of his career playing, composing and recording in Europe, as it was a more, “harmonious” place to live and create.

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, talks about what the life and legacy of Dexter Gordan can teach us about exploration, diversity, and acceptance.

KUT Weekend – March 27, 2015

Austin’s efforts to tackle affordability….the politics behind the “war on coal”….and city sound complaints mapped. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Wildflower Season in Texas

Along Texas highways, wildflowers are popping up – giving commuters something interesting to look at when they’re stuck in traffic. That was Typewriter Rodeo’s Kari Anne Roy’s inspiration this week.

March 27, 2015

Presidential hopefuls get in line to get a first hand look at the line that separates Mexico from Texas. Also, a few people with deep knowledge of political issues are being quoted in reports on Texas politics – how a researcher found it lacking in diversity. Plus, Governor Greg Abbott orders Child Protective Services officials to improve the screening of caregivers who temporarily take in kids. All that and more on this episode of Texas Standard:

Bias & Diversity

Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of bias, and the importance of diversity.

March 26, 2015

A freelance journalist from Texas feared to have been killed by his jihadi kidnappers may be alive. We’ll explore the talks underway for his release. Also, is it possible to make ends meet when you don’t make a living wage? What it means to be barely getting by in Texas. Plus, there’s a new study that says: beware of new studies. When it comes to medical research, most of what you hear is wrong. We’ll talk about why. Those stories and lots more on today’s episode of the Texas Standard.

March 25, 2015

A sudden spike in Houston homicides sparks warnings of a long hot summer. Also, some experts contend the road to the White House runs through Latino Texas. Plus, the recent boom left us with a surplus of oil – but whatever happened to the billions of barrels of wastewater? And a father’s love and lament – how raising kids in Texas today isn’t how it used to be. All that and more on this episode of the Texas Standard:

March 23, 2015

The 21st century skirmish over the Confederate battle flag – Texas defends its position before the US Supreme Court. Also the Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured at least 180. Why some fear it could happen again. Plus, researchers say there is more slavery now than at any time in world history – today a Texas team tells us there’ll soon be a map to track it. All that and more and this episode of the Texas Standard:

The 8th Annual Fritz Pollard Awards (Ep. 15, 2015)

In Black America presents addresses and interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL head coaches Ron Rivera and Jim Caldwell, and Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation co-founder and chairman John Wooden.

Higher Ed: How to Understand Deeply and Make Meaning

Remember “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey,” that spoof of affirmations and pithy sayings?  They’re funny for sure, but the idea of understanding something deeply is a serious part of education during school and beyond. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss how to understand something deeply and how that impacts learning. It turns out that deep understanding doesn’t require delving intensely into the topic; consistent baby steps will actually do the trick. So will stepping back and admitting what you don’t know about a subject; that change of perspective can help you explore new territory.

It’s Spring!

Spring has sprung in Texas. The weather is mild, the wildflowers are blooming…. and the scorching hot weather of the summer is just around the corner.

Jodi Egerton with Typewriter Rodeo clicked out this spring poem on her vintage typewriter.

KUT Weekend – March 20, 2015

The Texas legislature debates handguns on campus….how being a victim of sexual assault could lead to bills of up to $100,000….and veteran rock critics review SXSW. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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March 20, 2015

The story of Mexico’s 43 disappeared students vanished from the world’s front pages 6 months later. Today a survivor and a mother of one of the missing comes to our studio to ask Texans for help. Plus, sounding an alarm on a spike in teacher student sex crimes. Also, get ready to whip out your pencil and paper – we’ve got your must-do list for this first weekend of spring.

March 19, 2015

A border agent complains to Congress that telling the truth about border crossers results in retribution. Plus, zero percent college loans but officials barred from telling you about it. Also, give me three high tech takeaways from SXSW – our expert says, no problem. All that and much more on today’s episode of the Texas Standard:

March 18, 2015

Why toothaches have Texans running for the border. Plus, more on the move to limit the ability of Texans to tape the police at work. Also, a gospel family hits the big time but not without some pushback. All that and much more on today’s episode of the Texas Standard