The science, the politics, and the general understanding of gender here in the US has evolved dramatically over the last 30 years, but what does that mean for how we understand ourselves and others differently through time. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how psychologically understanding changing definitions of gender.
Archives for March 2016
They’re annoying. They’re mean. They’re filthy. But we love to hate them.
A label on a bottle. Could it change the rules in the debate over abortion access in Texas? We’ll explore. Also, some are calling it March madness: the wave of violent crime in DFW. The numbers are scary, but there’s politics in the mix too. Plus you know who wants to build a wall along the Texas border, and he says that Mexico will pay for it. Some may find that implausible. Guess who the Union of Border Agents is throwing its support behind? And some call it a pro pot movement masquerading as medicine…others say it could save lives…somethings growing in Texas…those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:
In this episode of Views & Brews, KUT’s Rebecca McInroy is joined in discussion with Jeremi Suri from the LBJ school of Public Affairs, Middle East Historian Yoav Di-Capua, and Stephennie Mulder, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, to talk about the rhetoric, the iconography, the mythology, and the history around the development of Isis. Who are they? What do they want? And why should we care?
Top 10 and you’re in: its supposed to promote diversity in the state’s colleges and universities. How well is that working? We’ll find out. Also justice Scalia dies in west Texas and no hearings are in sight on a replacement. A top Texas constitutional scholar says it doesn’t have to be that way. An idea to break the nomination stalemate. Are you getting the best bang for you buck when it comes to electricity? The place many Texans turn for answers may be rigged. Russia and Iran get low marks for locking up citizens…does Texas score even worse? All that and more on todays Texas Standard:
Ben Webster was an American jazz saxophonist who helped to shape the musical landscape of the 20th century. In this edition of Liner Notes Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Ben Webster.
More than a thousand arrested, their names still secret, in a strike at international syndicates in Texas. We’ll explore. Also: the death of a marine and the explanation raising eyebrows…is there a war going on that official Washington’s not talking about? And many come to Texas to start a new life…not counting on the wether, and having to start all over again…more in our follow up to the Christmas twisters 3 months later. And 50 years ago the game that changed the face of college hoops forever. Kentucky versus Texas Western…All that and much more today on the Texas Standard:
Songs can serve as musical touchstones that we return to when we want to remind ourselves what we want music to be. For White Denim’s James Petralli, that song is the Grateful Dead’s “That’s It For the Other One,” which helped him realize how he wanted to approach both the guitar and recording. With the song as a starting point, Petralli goes on to explain why drummers are the most important members of the band, why all musical expression is valid and what it was like to record the bands’s new record “Stiff” with Ethan Johns.
Then Bayonne explores how The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” showed him how powerful openness and vulnerability in music could be and explains how he approached his new record “Primitives” with that same openness.
Listen to the songs featured in episode 33 of This Song.
The border surge: some called it a cynical political move. But now even local critics concede they feel safer. We’ll explore. Also from security on the Texas border to terrorism abroad. Officials have been warning of so-called lone wolves. How do attacks in Brussels and Pakistan change the conversation? And a federal judge orders a complete restructuring of the Texas foster care system. Now the man who leads the whole department is stepping down. We’ll hear why, and whether he thinks things can be fixed. And the Christmas twisters- three moths after the storms and the media spotlight. What changed and what hasn’t? All that and much more today on the Texas Standard:
In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents highlights from the 11th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Salute to Excellence Awards at Super Bowl 50, featuring NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Think. Create. Connect. To make meaning and make a difference. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talks with Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger about a new vision for education and what that can look like in practice. They dive in to the pieces of that vision to see what it might take to revolutionize education. You’ll also get the solution to the multi-scenario puzzler about children, birth order, and gender.
This episode was recorded on February 24, 2016.
What power do East Austin neighbors have to halt changes brought by development? A mild winter brings Bluebonnets a bit earlier than usual. How one group of cowboys is disrupting the business of rodeo. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!
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It’s hard to tell when spring comes and goes here in Texas, but one surefire way to tell? The wildflowers. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.
Too dangerous. That’s the basic message from a Texas university now banning study abroad travel to a European country. Details on the Texas Standard. Also the influential role of the Texas State Board of Education… or maybe it’s not so influential. Plus… how something simple could help more shelter pets across the state find homes. Dating the cousins of your high school friends… or the high school friends of your cousins… the challenges of rural love life… even with modern technology. And it’s Friday!! That means it’s time for the Typewriter Rodeo and a wild week in Texas politics… on Today’s Texas Standard:
A talk about memory, innovation, creativity and productivity, live at SXSW 2016, with Dr. Art Markman, Dr. Bob Duke and Rebecca McInroy.
The affordable care act is before the Supreme Court again. How a ruling on birth control could affect access for some Texans… today on the Texas Standard. Also President Obama’s trip to Cuba made history… why his visit to Argentina will as well. Plus new numbers showing just how fast Texas is growing… it’s happening all over the state — we’ll break it down. And Texas Standard’s favorite digital savant just got back from vacation… and he found some apps that might make your next trip more enjoyable. Those stories and lots more on todays Texas Standard:
To paraphrase Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now, “I love the sound of a diesel engine in the morning.” Could be a pickup, or a tractor, or an 18 wheeler. But I love the sound, because it sounds like adventure. It is the sound that says we’re off on a road trip, or going fishing, hunting, or simply taking livestock to auction, to make more money for more adventure.
In Texas we buy more pickup trucks than any other state. Not all diesel of course, but taken all together we buy more pickups than any other state. In fact, there is not even a respectable second place. You have to add California and Florida and Oklahoma together to get a respectable second place in truck sales. And if Dallas and Houston were a state, they would be number two in truck sales, behind the rest of Texas. That’s a lot of trucks, y’all.
One fourth of all new vehicles sold in Texas are pickup trucks. Pickups are the luxury cars of Texas. In Texas, the number one status symbol is not a Mercedes or a BMW, it is a big, powerful, fully decked out pickup like a Ford F-250 or Chevy or Dodge Ram 2500, with a Power Stroke, Duramax or Cummins diesel. Texas is so dominant in Truck sales that auto companies sometimes divide their national marketing into North, East, West, and Texas. Hence the slogans, “Built Texas Tough,” and “Built by Texans for Texans,” you hear in so many ads.
You know the old saying in show business? If you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere? Well, for trucks it is this: “If you can make it in Texas, you can make it anywhere.”
The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness. It was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.
The King Ranch uses only Ford trucks. It has about 350 of them throughout its various divisions. The King Ranch edition pickup is the best selling of all Ford’s specialty brands. 1 out of every 5 Ford trucks is sold in Texas. 40 percent of the King Ranch models are sold in Texas, leaving a respectable 60 percent for those across North America who want to feel a little bit Texan every time they drive. Ford is not alone in the specialty market. Chevy and GMC have Texas editions – so does Ram, with its Lone Star edition – and so does Toyota, whose full size pickups are all built in San Antonio.
As long as Truck companies are into specialty models, I have a couple of suggestions: the South Padre edition, featuring large beach tires, a tailgate grill and a surf pole rack on the front – all standard. We could use a Big Bend edition – standard features would be off road tires, a 12-inch factory lift kit, and a front bumper winch. I don’t expect royalties. Just a free truck.
Country music has a whole genre of devoted to praise of pickups and their drivers. We have “The Pickup Truck Song,” by Jerry Jeff Walker, “Mud on the Tires” by Brad Paisley, “Rough and Ready” by Trace Adkins, and “Pickup Man” by Joe Diffie, to name a few in a crowded field.
Even women say that men who drive trucks are better lookin’ than men in cars. Insure.com conducted a poll last year and found that women say that men who drive trucks are the most attractive. And they were quite specific about it. A black pickup is best. They went even further – a black Ford pickup makes men the most attractive they can be. So I guess the Black Ford King Ranch edition, would be the kind of perfect driving prescription for Texas men wanting to spiff up their image. I told my wife about it and she said, “Yeah? Well you can’t have one. If you want another truck you can have that white ’66 Chevy Truck on blocks in your brother Redneck Dave’s back yard. Fix that up.”
W.F. Strong is a Fulbright Scholar and professor of Culture and Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. At Public Radio 88 FM in Harlingen, Texas, he’s the resident expert on Texas literature, Texas legends, Blue Bell ice cream, Whataburger (with cheese) and mesquite smoked brisket.
Did a Texas DA instruct a prosecutor to strike jurors on the basis of race? How do you define “instruct”? We’ll explore. Also if you want to be big in business you could get an MBA or you could watch what the drug cartels are doing south of the border. We’ll hear about Narco-nomics. Plus, its not exactly a cure for concussions but its not snake oil either…more like fish oil. We’ll explain…And, Spotify, Uber, you’ve heard of the disruptors…now they’re saddling up at the rodeo too. Those stories and lots more on todays Texas Standard: