Archives for May 2015

Higher Ed: Deep Rest = Better Learning

Caffeine-fueled all-nighters to finish up that paper or cram for a final exam. For some students, that’s a regular part of their studying routine in higher education. They come to equate intense periods of hard work with more successful achievement and learning. But some research indicates slowing down that work flow might actually be the best recipe for deeper learning. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger have a lively discussion about the benefits of a slower pace. Notice something a little difference about this episode? Ed and Jennifer switch roles, as Ed interviews Jennifer about her insights following a lengthy break from the usually hectic pace of work. Did that break help Jennifer think up the solution to the most recent math puzzler? Listen on to find out.

Mechele Dickerson (Ep. 25, 2015)

John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Mechele Dickerson, bankruptcy law and consumer debt expert and author of “Homeownership and America’s Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions.” Dr. Dickerson teaches at the University of Texas

KUT Weekend – May 29, 2015

Central Texas communities rebuild after devastating floods….chasing affordable housing in Austin…and Texas lawmakers get ready to pack up and leave Austin. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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May 29, 2015

Storms pummel Texas again. More than half foot of rain around Dallas, rivers rising near Houston and elsewhere….so what can we do to help?
We’ll get the latest on new flooding and recovery efforts — and we’ll hear from a United Way leader on how to lend a helping hand.
Plus, the end of the Texas legislative session is around the corner…we’ll get insight and analysis from experts.
Also – life after foster care, Texas golf hero Jordan Spieth, and a place where your dog can live if you pass away first.


Texas is seeing a lot of insects right now. Thanks to recent rain, mosquitoes are especially prevelant. That was Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie’s inspiration this week.

Communicating Science

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about thinking scientifically, and some of the problems with communicating science to the general public.

May 28, 2015

Flash flood warnings across Texas today. Evacuations in Parker County and the search for victims continues elsewhere – why are there so many homes in flood zones? We’ll speak to a reporter who says there’s a race in Texas to build in harms way. Meanwhile the rain has put a final nail in the coffin of the Texas drought but that doesn’t mean our water supplies are replenished. Plus, slashing Texas film incentives, aging out of foster care….and what’s the deal with this video streaming app PERISCOPE.. All that and more coming up on the Texas Standard:

May 27, 2015

More rain today in parts of Texas already drenched, complicating the rescues and recovery from some of the worst flooding in the state’s history.We’ll bring you details on the cleanup in Texas – plus, how a tornado just across the border from Del Rio ravaged a small Mexican community. Also, why foster parents open their homes to children in need. And a federal appeals court sides with Texas in the battle over President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

May 26, 2015

The Memorial Day floods of 2015-Texas tossed by storms statewide. From Houston to Hill Country, Del Rio to Dallas…an epic downpour tosses cars along interstate off ramps drowning downtown streets and leaving hundreds seeking shelter. Also, the tempest inside the Texas legislature over new abortion restrictions. And concerns about foster care and the rights of biological parents. Those stories plus LBJ reconsidered, and is multitasking for real or just fiction?

May 25, 2015

Record breaking rainfall drives Texans from their homes, flooding out roadways triggering twisters and prompting new warnings. The final days of the 84, what Texas lawmakers face in the homestretch. Growing concerns about abuse in foster care, songwriting with soldiers, and some grilling tips for Memorial Day.

Jabari Asim (Ep. 24, 2015)

In Black America presents a conversation with author, poet and playwright  Jabari Asim, associate professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College, editor-in-chief of “The Crisis” magazine, the author of “Only The Strong.”

KUT Weekend – May 22, 2015

Four small Texas towns and the struggles they face….Texas lawmakers fight to pass a budget….and an attempt to bring a winery experience to Central Austin. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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May 22, 2015

The takeover stretches from Syria deep into the hear of Iraq…is it too late to stem the tide of the group that calls itself the islamic state? From Texas to Nepal with love…an effort to help keep the water safe after devastating earthquakes…Avengers assemble! then check your wallets…because superheroes are big business. Speaking of getting down to business, lawmakers enter the home stretch…we’ll get all caught up on what’s happened and what hasn’t. Plus 6 ways to stay sharp this summer, your holiday weekend must do list, and lots more.

Texas Road Trip!

Millions of Texans are hitting the roads this weekend for Memorial Day. Soon, it’ll be time for the Texas road trip – you know, where you drive ten hours and are STILL in Texas! That was the inspiration for this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem by Sean Petrie.

Seeing and Perception

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about how we see with our brains, and some problems that can cause.

May 21, 2015

State lawmakers say no. The city of Denton says so? When it comes to fracking we may be looking at a battle of the bans. Food fights, spitballs, water balloons- no problem…water guns? Stop right there partner. The Scouts ban on water gun fights prompts a range of reaction. We’ll explore. And Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor with some choice tips for this Memorial day. Those stories and the rest of the news from around the republic, on todays Texas Standard:

Hal Ketchum // Pokey Lafarge

On this episode of “This Song,” Elizabeth McQueen sits down with Hal Ketchum to hear how the music of Van Morrison has inspired him since his days as a teenage drummer playing rowdy clubs.  And Pokey LaFarge talks about how Lefty Frizzel’s imperfect yet compelling singing influenced his own music.

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May 20, 2015

What if some of the Waco 174 are not outlaws after all… A legal blowback from innocent bikers? When officers in riot gear jumped a man in an El Paso cell…he claimed he couldn’t breathe. Half an hour later he was dead. Natural causes? We’ll explore. The American dream -meet generation millennial…we’ll try to square rising home prices with the market of the young and Texan. Remember the film Minority Report? The billboards that could sense who you were and morph the messaging? We’ll talk to the head of a Dallas company that’s making it real.