Archives for July 2015

Summer Kids

It’s hot outside and it’s reached that point in summer vacations when, admit it or not, most kids are getting a little bored and ready to get back to school. That was the inspiration for this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem by Sean Petrie.

Texas Standard: July 31, 2015

Bedsheets, clothing, trash bags- a review of Texas jailhouse suicides raises questions of what officials can do turn things around- today on the Texas Standard.
In the wake of scandals at the VA hospitals- legislation to make it easier to fire bad actors hits a roadblock – we’ll hear why.
Also, freedom of choice was supposed to mean savings for millions of Texas electricity customers, yet many are still shocked by the bills. Where’s the disconnect?
Those stories plus the week in Texas politics, also tips for spending your weekend wisely from points across Texas and more…

Laura Marling // Todd Wolfson

In this Episode of “This Song,” host Elizabeth McQueen sits down with singer-songwriter Laura Marling and photographer Todd Wolfson to talk about songs that gave them a greater understanding of freedom and transcendence.

You can hear Laura Marling’s Studio 1A performance here.

You can download Laura Marling’s cover of Towne’s Van Zandt’s “For the Sake of the Song” as part of our “Song of the Day” feature here.

You can check out the work of Todd V Wolfson here.

You can find out when the next Todd Family Music Series at Monkeynest Coffee is here.

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Diets, Dieting, and Food Rituals

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, talk about the complex metabolic system that goes into how we eat and process food, and the benefits of food rituals and eating together, not only on our bodies, but on our brains as well.

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola’s new memoir, Blackout: Remembering Things I Drank to Forget, chronicles her addiction to alcohol with brutal honesty and brilliant humor. The book is gaining critical acclaim from reviewers in The New York Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Entertainment Weekly observed, “It’s hard to think of another memoir that burrows inside an addict’s brain like this one does.”

Blackout was named one of’s Best Books of June 2015, People Magazine’s Best Books of the Summer, and won a spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Hepola recently joined us on The Write Up to discuss the memoir. We also chat about her work as an editor at Salon and as a freelance writer, and the complicated ways alcohol affected her writing and life.

Hepola cut her literary teeth as a writer for the Austin Chronicle in the late nineties and early 2000s. She made a national name for herself as a cultural journalist and personal essayist with Slate, The New York Times, and The Morning News online magazine. Her brand of red-hot wit and self-deprecating honesty earned her admirers and writing jobs. But as her career slowly grew, so did her dependence on alcohol.

From the backyard parties of Austin to basement bars of New York City and the sidewalk cafes of Paris, Hepola tracks her drinking bouts and the blackouts that followed. Many mornings she woke up alone with a cloudy head, mysterious bruises, and black space where the last several hours should have been. On more terrifying occasions, Hepola woke up in bed with someone she didn’t recognize.

It wasn’t until confronted with crumbling friendships and a stalled career that Hepola took the courageous step of getting sober. Hepola’s memoir does not stop there. She describes the struggle to rebuild her mental and physical health, her return to Texas after years in New York, and her discovery that her writing voice did not depend on an open bottle.

Blackout also touches upon the bizarre and sometimes wonderful experience of online dating, the undulations of adult friendship and the pressures of being a professional woman in the once male-dominated world of journalism.

Hepola speaks of her life and writing with an unmasked candor and humor. Her research and insights also enable her to link her own story to cultural trends in dating, women’s liberation, and America’s obsession with alcohol.

On the podcast, Hepola shares the difficulty of transitioning from personal essays to a book-length memoir, the allure alcohol seems to have for so many writers, and necessity of releasing one’s inner editor while writing a first draft.

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Texas Standard: July 30, 2015

Texas has safeguards to prevent jail suicides. So why did they fail Sandra Bland and why so many jail suicides statewide? Jonathan Pollard, convicted Israeli spy and native son of Texas. His imminent and controversial release turns a spotlight on his backstory. Also, the Trans-Pacific Partnership faces a Friday deadline to reach a deal and what it means for the home front. Also, barbecue may be red hot right now…but the classic joint may be on its way out. Why?

Texas Standard: July 29, 2015

It’s not just a series of videos anymore—as hearings get underway on the business practices of Planned Parenthood, today on the Texas Standard.
Also, what ever happened to Jade Helm? The unprecedented military exercise in Texas and across the Southwest? We’ll get an update from one of the self-proclaimed watchers.
The Chinese stock markets may be collapsing…but guess where all the money’s going? Here’s a hint: homes in Texas.
And: Tyler, Victoria, Austin–what’s in a name? Better question: what’s in a nickname. An inventory of municipal mottos…all that and much more today on the Texas Standard.

Texas Standard: July 28, 2015

The pro-choice movement faces more than a PR crisis—exploring the grey area in the law and ethics of fetal tissue transfers- today on the Texas Standard. As the spotlight on drug abuse focuses on opioids, in Texas, alarms begin to sound on the return of another destructive drug trend. Also, three Texas cities take dubious top honors in a survey on credit card debt. And does bad air equal bad grades?

Texas Standard: July 27, 2015

A judge orders the release of thousands of families from immigrant detention centers–so why is no one being released? Another mass shooting, another debate about guns. But politicians remain silent on another issue that’s a factor in nearly every single mass shooting in modern history. It’s being called the biggest scandal in Texas sports right now…and it has nothing at all to do with the pros or even collegiate athletics. we’ll talk about the secret in the shadows of the Friday night nights. If at first you don’t secede? Yes the movement’s back…those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard.

KUT Weekend – July 24, 2015

What Austin can do to stop traffic deaths….power struggle among the state’s top Republicans…and a state lawmaker fights to allow guns in hospitals. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Hot Cars in Texas

2015 had been a pretty temperate summer but, now, it’s hot — darn hot! That was the inspiration for this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem by David Fruchter.

Texas Standard: July 24, 2015

Not guilty? Not so fast. A ruling today in favor of Rick Perry still leaves him on the hook. What it means for the would be president, today on the Texas Standard.
The blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror. Now what? A longtime police officer who now trains law enforcement on what to do..and not to do…and why.
Prime time for San Marcos…the fastest growing city in the nation makes a pitch for Amazon. But when offering incentives—how much is too much? And Houston we have a new planet. And it looks an awful lot like our own.

Texas Standard: July 23, 2015

She told jail officials she had previously attempted suicide- 3 days later she was dead in her cell. What happened..and failed to happen. Also, do optics Trump substance? As the man polls claim to be the Republican front runner lands in Texas..The mayor of a border town worries about being used as a political backdrop. Also- the echo effect – are you sold on the microphone that’s listening to your every conversation? Alot of Texans are…we’ll hear what our tech guru thinks…And the road to Galveston…without a car.
Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard

Texas Standard: July 22, 2015

Put out that cigarette, please. Get out of the car or I will light you up. What is a lawful order? And what isn’t? We’ll try to break down the events of the Texas DPS dash cam video that the nation is talking about. Also, Texas A&M trained untold thousands of Aggies in the care of animals, but today are refusing to talk about dogs and cats in research experiments. Why?
Trumps wall versus Washington’s fence, what’s really the difference?
Also, favors for friends in higher ed places- when it comes to college admissions, is Texas behind the curve or ahead of it?

Texas Standard: July 21, 2015

The dust bowl, in reverse? As parched California goes bone dry- the headline across Texas..drought is over. In the run up to 2012 Rick Perry trumped up his cowboy in chief bonafides. Today, Rick Perry’s running without the Texas swagger..and some say, he tossed his mojo too… we’ll take a look. Despite the diplomatic thaw, it could get bumpy as DFW-based American airlines tries to open gates in Cuba. We’ll hear why. Calling the next Jordan Spieth- could cost be holding back the future face of golf?

Texas Standard: July 20, 2015

From prayer walks to protests, on the streets and online, a death at a Texas jail becomes the focus of global attention, we’ll have the latest on the story of Sandra Bland-the 28 year old who died in police custody in Waller County. Also,a landlord asks longtime tenants to prove legal immigration status- now tenants demand action from officials in north Texas. Plus, he may be leading some presidential polls, but the Huffington Post says that’s show biz. We’ll hear about the decision to bump Trump to the entertainment section. Also why the pink Cadillacs are taking over Dallas.