A Deadly Deluge as Texas flooding makes national headlines….warnings continue thru the week. Has this become the new normal? We’ll explore. Also in a year of unpredictable politics, what trumps a Trump? Anyone wanna bet on a constitutional convention? You sure about that? And nearly a third of all small businesses are victims of a crime where the culprit is right under the bosses nose…we’ll crunch the numbers. Plus: when pigs fly…off the shelves, that is…why Spanish sows could give Texas cows a run for their money. And is Texas the new Brazil? All that and more today on the Texas Standard:
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Should the size of your wallet determine whether you stay in jail or get set free? The answer maybe a matter of life of death, we’ll explore. Plus on this Memorial day, the unemployment rate hovering at what’s considered to be a healthy 5 percent, unless you’re the spouse of someone in the military where the rate’s closer to 20 percent. We’ll do the numbers. Also, after Georgia O’Keefe came to Texas, she ordered some of her early destroyed. Now 60 years later, and against all odds, a rediscovery now on display in West Texas.. We’ll hear the backstory. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Merri Dee, an award-winning retired broadcaster, author and philanthropist, and owner of MD Communications, a consulting practice addressing and advancing family, education and women’s issues.
Texas sues the Obama administration over its transgender bathroom directive. Some people are still struggling to rebuild from last year’s devastating Memorial Day floods. What happens to a can when it’s recycled in Austin? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend.
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Almost every city in Texas has a museum or historical site of some kind. Whether you’re interested in history or science, there’s something for everyone. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Sean Petrie as he wrote this week’s poem.
A Fundamental failure: the finding that led to a shake up at Baylor. Heads are rolling, but then what? Implications bigger than Baylor, we’ll explore. Also the clouds were low and dark and thick: Memorial day weekend one year later. We’ll look at how people have recovered and are still rebuilding from an historic flood. And they can’t drink, can’t smoke, but can they run a city? The north Texas town where the kids are, if not large, definitely in charge. Also…you remember the heroes of the 1836…but you’ve probably forgotten where the Alamo is…good news: archaeologists think they’ve found it. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
We might take rules for granted. For example, we all know that 55 mph means 62 mph, and that crosswalks are for leisure time–just kidding. But, seriously, do we ever wonder why we make rules in the first place?
Many people think of recycling as somehow both mundane and mysterious. So, we followed a 12-ounce can of Coke.
Echoes of 2014? A surge of unaccompanied kids and families crossing the Rio Grande…sparks new concerns for the summer. Also Texas and 10 others states take on the Obama administration, again, but at what cost to taxpayers? You’ve heard of shareholder activism—how’s that working for environmentalists trying to change Exxon Mobil? A view from the inside. And back in the news—but not for all the wrong reasons—as Waco finds its mojo. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
Did the General Land Office break the law when it asked ex-employees to sign promises not to sue, in exchange for compensation? We’ll explore. Also the University of Texas and Texas A&M have decided to drop their rivalry in hopes of going nuclear? We’ll hear about what could turn into a multibillion dollar partnership. And did Chicanos really want to destroy western society? A school textbook proposed for Texas classrooms says just that…we’ll hear more. And the view from Texas looking southward…and what looks like a shift to the right. All that and much more today on the Texas Standard:
Saintseneca’s Zac Little has been writing songs all his life. In this episode of This Song he tells Jacquie Fuller how Paul McCartney’s “Uncle Albert” showed him what how expansive making a recording could be, and explains the infinite possibilities contained in a single song.
Listen to the songs featured in Episode 40 of This Song.
He once investigated a presidential sex scandal. Today Ken Starr, now a president himself, in the spotlight over how Baylor handled sex crimes. We’ll explore. Also arguments in one of the biggest voting rights battles in recent years. We’ll have details. Also Had enough of the TSA? Longer than ever lines and now a high profile shakeup suggest a major change just in time for summer. And speaking of—three top tips for summer reading, hand picked by the editor of Kirkus reviews. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:
In this episode of The Write Up, we talk with prizewinning journalist and nonfiction writer Juliana Barbassa about her book Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink depicting the beauty, crime, pressures, and violent paradoxes shaping Brazil’s most vibrant city.
Juliana Barbassa has lived and written all over the world. Born in Brazil, she has lived in Iraq, Spain, Malta, Libya, France, and the United States. As a journalist, her ability to dive in and find the human face in the most desperate of stories won her acclaim including the Katie Journalism Award, the emerging journalist of the year by the U.S.-based National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the John L. Dougherty award by the Associated Press Managing Editors.
In 2003, Barbassa joined the Associated Press and returned to her home country of Brazil to be the Rio de Janeiro correspondent. There she found a city in the midst of massive growth and explosive change. Poverty and crime still plagued much of the city, but Rio was also enjoying an influx of new business and international attention. This attention increased when Rio won the hosting honors of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. Rio now feels the pressure to grow into the ideal Brazilian city, at least in appearance, at an accelerated pace.
Barbassa’s book is not one of dry economics or global public relations. Instead Barbassa shares the narrative of a city and its people in the midst of radical transformation. She zooms in on the people and places that give Rio its complex character. We meet criminals and prostitutes, shopkeepers and mothers, police officers and children. Barbassa’s journalistic instincts drive her into heart of the story, often putting herself in mortal danger as police stand off with drug lords or raze impoverished neighborhoods to the ground.
Her own story of returning to Brazil and experiencing the tension pulling at Rio firsthand gives the book a memoiric thread. Her intense feelings for the city serve to enliven her excellent research.
On the Write Up we discuss her thirst for stories as a journalist, her willingness to investigate the darker narratives, and her struggle to care for herself, both physically and psychologically, while reporting on violence and brutality.
She also gives us insight as to how her life and career led her all over the world and eventually back to Brazil. And how her growing desire to explore the strange contradictions of Rio led to writing this book.
When talking with Barbassa, you sense the conflicting feelings she has for Rio. There’s a real love as she describes the smells and sights, and unflinching honesty as she chronicles the hardships of the disenfranchised city. She highlights the extremes of this incredible city where natural beauty and corruption both thrive. It is her ability to love the city as a local while also maintaining the critical distance of an investigator that gives this book such depth.
You know the saying, “where there’s smoke?” Alarms over policies for fire inspections in the nation’s 4th largest city. That story today on the Texas Standard
Tempers boiling over among residents of the real windy city, now in day eleven of a water safety alert.
You’ve heard about the nursing shortage. One big reason, a shortage of nursing teachers…and Texas is in worse shape than most.
And spark up the smoker, the barbecue kid is taking on the competition. We’ll meet the 12 year old grill master who can cook rings around the rest of us.
In Black America presents a discussion of pioneering African American coach Will Robinson with Dr. John Telford, activist, educator, track coach and author of Will The First: The Saga of Sports/Civil Rights Pioneer Will Robinson.
In this edition of Liner Notes, Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe talks about the life and legacy of Sun Ra.
If you only had one class left to take in school, what would it be? Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT’s Jennifer Stayton explore what that last class could – or should? – be, and making the transition from formal education to lifelong learning. Ed and Jennifer reflect on the last classes they took in their formal educations (Jennifer’s may surprise you; Ed’s probably won’t!) and introduce the latest puzzler. Hint: a little math along the way in school may help with this one.
This episode was recorded May 16, 2016.
It’s the time of year when graduates take the long walk to pick up their diploma.
A deal between Panama and Mexico leaves thousands of newcomers pouring into El Paso – the impact today on the Texas Standard.
A code of silence at the Houston Police department- broken by the US supreme court? We’ll have the backstory.
Also a conversation with a Texan leading a global charge against inequality.
Between surf and turf, the latter always gets more love in Texas. But surf’s up….why it’s past time to take it seriously.
And don’t blink…why 2016 looks like the year of the lightinin bug…
All that, plus the week in politics and more.