Archives for November 2015

Texas Standard: November 30, 2015

The Texas Governor may not be able to stop Syrian refugees, but he’s warning groups that help with resettlement that he’ll sue…the story today on the Texas Standard. Plus the other presidential race: to get candidates names onto state ballots. Also-love for Sale? Not this time, says the attorney general, shutting down three dating sites. We’ll hear why. Also you might think of them as the original Washington power couple—hint: they came from you know where. Plus what could be this years Cinderella story in college hoops. All of that and more on todays Texas Standard:

Billy Strayhorn (11.29.15)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, talks about the life and legacy of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn.

Texas Standard: November 27, 2015

Is he coming back? The man in black—spectacles, that is? A campaign to recruit Rick Perry for President- that’s today on the Texas Standard.
The Texas case before the high court that could change the calculus for political representation nationwide. We’ll have a preview.
Pedestrian deaths: could our friends south of the border have a solution?
And it’s a wonderful life, unless you get trampled outside the Target–not what Frank Capra had in mind. We’ll re-examine the relationship between high street and the high holidays.


In this episode of Two Guys On Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of xenophobia.

Texas Standard: November 26, 2015

When it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, reporters have a lot to be thankful for already…a veritable feast for the ears…today on the Texas Standard.
Great to have y’all with us…which reminds me, have y’all noticed “y’all” coming up a lot more in soundbites than it used to? So have some scholars…we’ll try to find out why.
Also, would you care for a coverage plan with that black Friday purchase? Perhaps. The Austin American Statesman’s technology guru on whether warranties really make sense…and when they don’t.
Some last minute tips on avoiding scorched turkey-we’re just getting started…

Salmon: Valerie Segrest (Ep. 7)

As we observe Thanksgiving in the U.S. The Secret Ingredient takes a step back with this episode on Salmon with Valerie Segrest. Valerie is a native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.

In 2010, she co-authored the book “Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture”. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Environment and Community from Antioch University. She was a fellow for the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy and was recently the first Native to receive the King County Municipal League’s Public Employee of the Year Award for 2015. Valerie inspires and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.

About The Hosts:

Raj Patel is an award winning food writer, activist and academic. The author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller.

Tom Philpott is an award winning food writer for Mother Jones, who’s ground-breaking work on almonds exposed a myriad of environmental and ethical issues around almond production in California.

Rebecca McInroy,is an executive producer and host for KUT Radio in Austin, Texas. She is the co-creator, producer and host of various podcasts and shows including, Views and Brews, Two Guys on Your Head, Liner Notes, The Write Up, and The Secret Ingredient.

In each episode we chose one food to investigate, and talk with the people who’s life’s work has been to understand the complex systems of production, distribution, marketing and impact, these foods have on our lives.



Since we spoke to Valerie The New York Times published an article about USDA’s  approval of genetically engineered salmon for public consumption. This wields huge blow to the salmon conservation efforts of the Muckleshoot tribe and others. As Valerie says it’s, “a direct attack on our cultural identity, our social fabric, our economic lifestyle and our health system.”

We’ll keep you posted on The Secret Ingredient and let you know how you can get involved with conservation efforts.


Texas Standard: November 25, 2015

Spies in Berlin. London. Washington. Moscow. College Station? An FBI warning of espionage on campus…today on the Texas Standard.
The line in South Texas that even experienced border crossers don’t want to challenge.
Think Fast: the scramble to save a partnership with Formula One
Fighting Human trafficking? There’s now an app for that—we’ll meet the student behind it.
And new numbers show police are taking more property from Americans than burglars are.

Stuntwoman Angela Meryl (Ep. 50, 2015)

A conversation with Angela Meryl, stuntwoman, actor, and author of “Stunts: The How to Handbook – Secrets from an Award-Winning Hollywood Stunt Woman.”

Texas Standard: November 24, 2015

As much of the nation prepares to take flight for the holidays–there’s a new global travel alert. What it means and doesn’t today on the Texas Standard
Courthouses are officially gun free- even in Texas. But now the Governor is warning mayors not to ban guns from city halls. We’ll hear what’s behind the controversy.
As college students look for ways to cut costs, we’ll hear about the rise and perhaps fall of what are called “stealth dorms”.
We’re just 68 days away from the Iowa caucuses. An important test-or a big so what?
And why the mega-stadium may be on it’s way out…we’re just getting started- it’s Texas Standard time

Sylvan Esso // SIP SIP

In this episode of “This Song” Elizabeth McQueen sits down with Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of  Sylvan Esso to talk about the joys of Soul Coughing.  Then, Taylor Wallace talks to Jack Anderson, Isaac Winburne and Andrew Fontenot of the band SIP SIP about their influences, which range from Kool and the Gang and Stevie Wonder, to Tool.

Hear SIP SIP Live in Studio 1A here

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Hoagy Carmichael (11.22.15)

In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Hoagy Carmichael.

Texas Standard: November 23, 2015

What do Greg Abbott, Hillary Clinton, and George Wallace have in common? Public sentiment and the perils of playing to it…today on the Texas Standard.
Erasing symbols of racism: why an Ivy League campus may sever ties with a champion of progressive politics.
Also, you may have heard of predictive policing—researchers in Fort Worth working with the state to forecast child abuse.
And just in time for holiday travel, why airlines may not seem to care about customer service…it’s not just your imagination.

Higher Ed: Journeys in Education and Graduate School

When does it make sense for an undergraduate student to continue formal education and attend graduate school? Sometimes, it’s an easy call; if someone wants to be a doctor or a lawyer, it’s a necessity. But how does a student know if that’s really what they want to pursue? In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger talk about what to weigh when deciding about that next step in school. Listen to Ed’s own story about his graduate school experience (wait until you hear what profession he almost pursued instead of math and education) and to catch the new puzzler – it’s all about truth, lies, and hair color.

V&B: Jazz & the Art of Psychoanalysis

In this episode of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy joins Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Dr. Judith Coffin, Mark Micale in discussion on the parallel development of psychoanalysis and jazz in the early 20th century. What does it mean to listen? What does it mean to reveal? How can closing our vulnerablities make us more resilient? What happens when Freud meets Coltrane?

Join us as we reflect upon the open and concealed ways that our spirit and minds can join, and listen to standards within the jazz canon.

Musicians: Russell Haight (tenor), Altim Sencalar (trombone), Sean Giddings (piano), Sam Pankey (bass), and David Sierra (drums).

KUT Weekend – November 20, 2015

Governor Greg Abbott tries to stop Syrian refugees from coming here….if folic acid prevents birth defects, why isn’t corn flour masa fortified… Central Texas woman’s journey from shelter to student to aspiring chef….and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Suburban Sprawl

There’s one thing that Texans can always depend on: cities getting bigger, faster. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Jodi Egerton as she wrote this week’s poem.

Texas Standard: November 20, 2015

An attack in Africa. A former french colony. How does it fit into the events of the past 7 days? A top adviser to the secretary of state weighs in. And making sense of the situation in Mali- Ambassador Kristie Kenney Joins us… Plus: 5 Texas democrats in the house join 47 others bucking their party against the president over the Syrian refugee bill. We’ll hear the backstory. And if you can’t pass the test, you might get a waiver…thousands of Texans got to graduate who might not have otherwise. We’ll discuss the implications. Plus the week in Texas politics and lots more on todays Texas Standard: