Archives for April 2015

The Ticket: Rand Paul Running in His Father’s Shadow; Ep. 2

The Ticket, produced by KUT and the Texas Tribune, is our new podcast focused on the 2016 presidential race.

In the second episode of The Ticket, KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root break down the presidential campaign announcement speech of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in another edition of “Stump Interrupted.”

They also talk with Mathew Dowd, who directed President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.

April 29, 2015

Governor Abbot calls out Texas forces to be on the lookout for US special operations. What’s behind the fear factor and the response? Plus, it’s been a jumping off point for those with national political aspirations – we’ll explore the race to run the Alamo City. Also, the search for a smarter smartphone – Texas style. All that and more on the Texas Standard:

Tunette Powell (Ep. 20, 2015)

John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Tunette Powell, award-winning motivational speaker, author, and co-founder and CEO of The Truth Heals, a non-profit for individuals and families affected by fatherlessness.

Scott Blackwood

Author Scott Blackwood talks about his new novel “See How Small,” with host Owen Egerton.

KUT Weekend – April 24, 2015

How Texas imposes unfunded mandates on Austin….drama in the state legislature between the House and Senate….and where to see live music in Austin this weekend! Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend.

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Gettin’ Real in Texas

Most Texans now live in urban areas but there’s still a big farming and ranching culture in the state.

That was Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fruchter’s inspiration this week.

Reading vs. Listening

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how our brains process information differently based on the mode of consumption.

April 23, 2015

As the CDC links more listeria cases to Blue Bell ice cream the little creamery in Brenham faces a meltdown. Also, a Texas Democrat triggers controversy with a move to stop racial profiling – a move some say opens a back door to unlicensed carry. Plus, as beef prices rise brisket gets a serious challenger. All that and more on this episode of the Texas Standard:

The Ticket: Ted Cruz’s Presidential Run; Ep. 1

The Ticket, produced by KUT and the Texas Tribune, is our new podcast focused on the 2016 presidential race.

In the pilot episode of The Ticket, KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root bring back the Tribune’s “Stump Interrupted” feature to break down Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement speech at Liberty University last month and talk with former Texas GOP Chairman and current Rand Paul campaigner Steve Munisteri.

April 21, 2015

What new UT Austin President Greg Fenves hopes to change in higher education. Plus, Walmart has closed 6 stores across different states for the same problem: plumbing. The thing is, no plumbing problems were reported. Now Walmart’s facing claims it closed the stores to prevent workers from union organizing. We’ll investigate. Also, ever wondered what happened to Santa Ana after the battle of San Jacinto 179 years ago today? We’ve got one theory – and our series on Texas history from a kid’s perspective continues. All that and more on this episode of the Texas Standard.

April 20, 2015

Texas has a gambling problem and the addicts aren’t just the gamblers – but local governments too. Plus, massive layoffs at one of the biggest oil services companies in Texas. How could this possibly be a good sign? Also, it’s high noon for hospitals across Texas, as the federal government threatens to withhold billions. And a Texas middle school makes the most of the video game Minecraft. All that and more on today’s Texas Standard:

Janet Cheatham Bell (Ep. 19, 2015)

In Black America host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Janet Cheatham Bell, publishing consultant, editor, and author of “Not All Poor People Are Black and other things we need to think more about.”

Strange Fruit (4.19.15)

“Strange Fruit” is a song, made famous by Billie Holiday, who would often sing it to close her shows when she would perform, discouraging applause from the audience when she sang it. Holiday had a difficult time recording the song, but upon the urging of her friends at Commodore Records, she recorded it for the first time on April 20th, 1939. She was harassed by the FBI and other authorities for singing it, but refused to stop.

Originally written as a poem in 1937 by Abel Meeropol, to protest against American racism and the lynching of African Americans in the south just after the turn of the century, it remains a stark reminder of America’s scars of slavery, bigotry, discrimination, and hatred.

Holiday’s legacy is directly connected to “Strange Fruit”, and Nina Simone said of the song, that it was about the ugliest song she had ever heard, and would later marvel. “Ugly in the sense that it is violent and tears at the guts of what white people have done to my people in this country.”

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, talks about what the lamentation of “Strange Fruit” can teach us today, about injustice, humanity,  protest, and peace.



KUT Weekend – April 17, 2015

New poll examines Austin’s views on culture and politics….a new online conversation about transportation in Austin that could lead to short-term pilot projects….and a chat with the director of a Tony Award-winning play about LBJ that opened in Austin this week. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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