Archives for March 2018

KUT Weekend – March 30, 2018

After the serial bombings, uncomfortable truths emerge about racial divides in Austin. Plus, CodeNEXT could be put to voters in November. And why Texas wine keeps getting better and better. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Henry + The Invisibles: “Let’s Bounce”

Henry and his appropriately unseen Invisibles are back with some hoppin’ and happenin’ new tunes! Well…to be fair, they never left…but nonetheless, Mr. Roland himself took time out of his constant live set schedule to release something just for the fans, and let’s be honest, the world at large. Paying homage to not only the roller skate era of disco, but also his own skating experience, Roland celebrates the release of his new single tomorrow night at The North Door along with lots of surprises. Instead of holding off for a whole day let’s get right into Henry’s new single – “Let’s Bounce”…oh, let’s.

– Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Texas Standard: March 30, 2018

Through hail and high water, communities in Texas stand again because the weather is NOT gonna keep us down. Join me for a virtual tour. We’ll hit Refugio, Port Arthur, Austin and even Washington DC. Plus, the bombs that destroyed the facade of racial harmony: we’ll tell you more. And who exactly is Ronny Jackson? And can he manage a 200 billion dollar budget? Also oil, cattle-ranching, big hair and Cadillacs. Nothing better than a good soap opera! Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Forgot Your Password?

Maybe you’re the type who has one password for every account. But, if you’re like us, you have a few that you alternate between — and remembering which one goes to which account can be maddening. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: March 29, 2018

Shakeup at the V-A: Texas is home to the second largest population of veterans in the U.S. We’ll explore what changes at the top could mean. Also, some Texas city and county leaders want the option to change open meeting rules in an emergency. We’ll look at why they’re pointing to Harvey as evidence. And you’ve heard of Bitcoin, but do you understand how crypto-currency actually works? We’ll ask our tech expert about the basics and why some see it as a bubble waiting to bust. And the Mexican game that’s gaining new fans. A look at the history of Loteria. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Nap Eyes: “Every Time the Feeling”

Imagine Lou Reed and Belle and Sebastian writing an album together and you’ve got Nap Eyes, a Halifax-based indie-rock band that’s not afraid to blend alt-country-twanged guitars with their dark 60’s rock influences. Their third album I’m Bad Now is the band’s most conscientious record to date, marrying their refreshing, downtempo sound to lyrics that range from failed relationships, struggles with inner-demons, and some philosophical contemplation on some of life’s bigger-picture issues. “Every Time the Feeling,” hits all of those notes. Enjoy!

“Every Time the Feeling” appears on I’m Bad Now, out now via Paradise of Bachelors.

-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

This Song: Dessa

Rapper and writer Dessa’s latest record Chime finds her exploring everything from feminism to death to her complex feelings about free will. Listen as she describes all the reasons why hearing Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” as a twelve hear old exploded her preconceived notions about race and gender and gave voice to her feelings of restlessness.  And you don’t want to miss her describe her quest to use science to rid her brain of a love that wasn’t serving her. Seriously, what she did will blow YOUR mind.

Photo: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

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Texas Standard: March 28, 2018

A controversial change already facing a legal challenge: how might Texas be affected by a new citizenship question in the next US census? We’ll explore. Also, five months after a massacre in Sutherland Springs, church officials announce new plans to rebuild, we’ll hear the latest. And what if you could compare the earnings potential of one college degree against another? Despite a federal ban on collecting such data, Texas’ flagship university is doing the numbers, we’ll explore the implications. And it was James Dean’s final film, and a larger than life commentary on Texas as a microcosm of America. The editor of Kirkus Review calls a new book the definitive account of the movie ‘Giant’. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Buzzy Lee: “Coolhand”

If the week’s deluge is leaving you clamoring for solid footing and fiending for the calmness of the eye of the storm, L.A.’s Sasha Spielberg’s (…yes that Spielberg) got your order in spades. Collaborating once again with Chilean-American composer and musician Nico Jaar, Spielberg’s latest project is Buzzy Lee, a downtempo, soul-infused dreampop venture painting over your mood with perky, ethereal vocals and soft, rose-tinted synth tones to hug your weary soul and expunge it of the dread and toxicity the week can bring. “Coolhand” is the lead single from the upcoming Facepaint EP due out next month, and if you really are drowning in the deluge of obligation, listen with headphones. The rest of the world will stop and you’ll run into all that breathing room you’ve been searching for.

“Coolhand” appears on the Facepaint EP, out April 27th via Future Classic.

-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Texas Standard: March 27, 2018

A one on one debrief with the interim police chief of the Texas capitol city in the aftermath of the serial bomber, we’ll explore the latest details in the case. Also, Facebook is in meltdown mode with users leaving investigations opening and calls for regulation or more. What digital privacy protections exist for Texans? We’ll take a closer look. And first Colt’s bankruptcy, now Remington on the ropes. The result of blowback over gun violence, or something else going on with gunmakers? Also, in San Antonio, a new idea to get dogs on death row a second chance, we’ll explain. Plus the legend of the easter bunny: a Texas tradition? All that and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

NoMBe: “Man Up”

You might not be ready for the first foray into Noah McBeth’s discography…quite honestly, we don’t think anyone was prepared for this. Better known by the stage name NoMBe this Heidelberg, Germany-born, Los Angeles-based producer and singer just released his debut full-length in the form of an eighteen-track concept album. They Might’ve Loved Me sonically steers its heavily-produced head through soul, funk, rock, electronic and much more while lyrically analyzing McBeth’s relationship with the women in his life over the years, ranging from ex’s to his god-mother to Chaka Khan. Already endorsed and backed by producer extraordinaire Pharrell, NoMBe released They Might’ve Loved Me last Friday and is about to embark on a national tour starting next Saturday. That tour brings NoMBe to the Live Music Capital May 2nd at The Parish, but you can enjoy NoMBe’s fabulous music and feminist ethic with his album opener that highlights the ironic contradictions of masculinity – “Man Up”.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Texas Standard: March 26, 2018

More than a billion dollars green lighted for a physical barrier on the Texas border. The start of the new wall or something else? We’ll take a closer look. Also, after traveling the world in support of the Trump administration and fighting with his boss, what’s Rex Tillerson’s next move? Why Tillerson may be on the short list to head up the state’s flagship universities. And is west Texas literally losing ground? What’s behind a certain sinking feeling. Also the student anti-gun marches across the lone star state, and the pushback too. Plus, notes for the president’s big meeting with North Korea from a Texas scholar. Those stores and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Robert Ellis: “Perfect Strangers” (Live in Studio 1A)

Houston troubadour Robert Ellis returns to the Live Music Capitol this week for a two-day tenure at the Mohawk! Inspired by the lyrics and arrangements of Paul Simon, John Prine, and indeed Randy Newman, Ellis has been refining his own songwriting since the self-release of his debut album nearly ten years ago.

Sonically dabbling with country, folk, rock, and at times even jazz and blues, Ellis’ exploration of sound and mastery of narrative, character-based lyricism was beyond clear with his latest and most lyrically omniscient offering yet, Robert Ellis. Representing both his deepest personal thoughts and an overview of his musical career thus far, this self-titled fourth full-length opens with a tune about what actually brings people together and how insubstantial connections can be at times.

You can truly connect with Ellis and his fans for two live shows this week, tomorrow and Wednesday night at the Mohawk. Until then feel the emotion shared by Ellis in KUTX’s own Studio 1A back in 2016 with a live rendition of “Perfect Strangers”.

-Jack Anderson (Host, Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

The Bart Starr Awards (Ep. 16, 2018)

This week, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents highlights from the 31st Annual Super Bowl Breakfast, with Baltimore Ravens tight end and 2018 Bart Starr Award recipient Benjamin Watson, along with Bart Starr, Jr. and NFL coach Tony Dungy.


On this special edition of This is Just To Say, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain and KUT’s Rebecca McInroy share Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness” and discuss the importance of poetry today.

Higher Ed: Respecting Young Learners

Students and young scholars may not have had as much time in the classroom, but that doesn’t mean their work lacks insight, value and rigor. In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss the valuable contributions younger learners can make, and how society can better regard and embrace their thinking. Recent political and social movements have originated and flourished under the initiative and leadership of young people. Does society take the work and thinking of young people as seriously as it should? Ed and Jennifer discuss how society tends to treat young people, and what we may be missing by not paying more attention to their efforts. Ed argues that young people can actually bring a fresh and innovative approach to matters that should not be underestimated. Listen on for the full episode and to get the latest math teaser. It’s a “homemade” puzzler courtesy of Ed that will challenge thinkers of all ages.

This episode was recorded Feb. 28, 2018.

KUT Weekend – March 23, 2018

A serial bomber detonated a device in his car after being hunted down by law enforcement. Plus, the stories of the two people he killed. And why won’t law enforcement label it “terrorism”? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Samuel Walker: The Real Walker, Texas Ranger

One of the most fascinating Texas Rangers of all time was Samuel Hamilton Walker — no relation, we should say right off the bat, to Chuck Norris’ fictional character Cordell Walker. Many Ranger aficionados rate Sam Walker the second-most-important Texas Ranger of all time, behind Jack Coffee Hays, with whom Walker rangered. Now that’s a dream team.

Samuel Walker arrived in Texas six years after Texas had won its independence. In five more years, in 1847, he would be dead. But in those five years he would defend San Antonio from Mexican forces, invade Mexico four times, escape from a Mexican prison and help design one of the most famous guns in history, the Colt Walker six-shooter.

Walker’s first foray into Mexico was part of the ill-fated Mier expedition, which was for the purpose of punishing Mexico for its illegal incursions into San Antonio. Walker was not yet a Texas Ranger. He was with a group of men who believed they would repay Mexico for their illegal incursions into Texas. His group was attacked by a much larger army of Mexican troops who engaged them in defense of the Mier. 180 Texans were taken as prisoners.

Santa Anna ordered them all shot, but cooler heads in the Mexican government prevailed and a decimation instead: one in 10 would die. The Texans were ordered to draw a bean from a pot. Among the 159 white beans were 17 black ones. Those who got a black bean would be executed on the spot; those who drew white beans would live. Sam Walker got a white bean.

The prisoners were marched 800 miles across Mexico’s brutal deserts. Walker mentioned in his journal of the Mier Expedition that he would not trade Texas for 100 Mexicos. He was however, impressed with the fine architecture he encountered in the churches of San Miguel de Allende, which remains true for the many expatriate Texans who live there today.

Once in the capital, some of the prisoners, including Walker, was imprisoned at Tacubaya, suburb of Mexico City, and some were marched another 100 miles and incarcerated in the infamous Perote Prison.
Walker’s group was forced to do road work, including building a road from Mexico City to Santa Anna´s summer villa, which further enraged Walker. This amounted to a lot of salt in a deep wound, and he nurtured his loathing for Santa Anna — indeed, for all Mexicans — all his life, so much so that his friends called him “mad Walker.”

There is a much-shared myth about Walker’s time imprisoned in Mexico. The story goes that he was ordered to dig a hole for a flagpole and raise the Mexican flag. According to one version of the legend, he put a dime at the bottom of the hole and vowed to return one day, reclaim the dime, and raise the Texas flag. Several years later, the story goes, he retrieved his dime when he returned with American forces to occupy Mexico City. It’s a good story, but probably not true. Walker never mentioned it in his journals. Also, the flagpole in the various versions of the myth is always in Perote Prison, in the state of Vera Cruz, and Walker was never incarcerated there. He was, however, part of Winfield Scott’s invasion force that sacked the prison in 1847, and that may well be where the legend has its origins.

Walker eventually escaped from the Tacubaya prison — a story that would make a good novel in itself — and made it back to Texas. He joined up with Jack Hays and the Texas Rangers in 1844 and fought in many of the most famous Indian battles.

When General Zachary Taylor sent out a call in 1845 for volunteers to scout for his federal troops, Walker immediately signed up. He ran messages through the Mexican lines to keep Fort Texas (soon to be Fort Brown) aware of Taylor´s plans for invading Mexico. Walker led the charge in the battle for Monterrey.
It was after Taylor’s forces had secured Monterrey, in 1846, that Walker took a brief furlough and traveled back east. There he gave Samuel Colt some ideas for improving Colt’s earlier model of his revolver called the Paterson pistol. Colt, in gratitude, named a special, very heavy model of his new six-shooter after Walker.

Walker next joined up with General Winfield Scott’s campaign to pacify Mexico City. Though he was officially made a U.S. soldier, everybody still thought of him as a Texas Ranger and called him Ranger Walker. Scott’s army invaded Mexico at Vera Cruz and advanced from there toward Mexico City. On the way, they sacked Perot Prison, released the prisoners and turned it into a fort for the American forces.

But Walker would not live to make it back to Texas. He was to die a few months later, fighting the army of his old nemesis, Santa Anna, at the town of Huamantla, where Santa Anna had positioned his forces to stop the U.S. troops’ march to rescue the American garrison under siege at Puebla. Walker led his company, which was ahead of the main U.S. force, into battle there. His men fought fiercely until the main force arrived to defeat Santa Anna, but Walker didn´t get to enjoy the victory. He lay dead; his prized Colt Walkers at his side. He was 32. In retaliation, his men went on a wild rampage, sacking, looting and pillaging the town.

Walker’s body was returned to San Antonio; eventually it was interred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery next to the unidentified remains of the defenders of the Alamo.

It’s said that Walker was not a man you would much notice in everyday life. He was of average size, and quiet. But in battle he was a lion. In his Notes of the Mexican War 1846-1848, J. Jacob Oswandel observed of Walker that ‘’war was his element, the bivouac his delight, and the battlefield his playground.”

Walker lived more in his short life than your average ten men live in their long lives combined. He is the Walker, Texas Ranger, that should be most remembered.

The Afterlife of Antiques

Antique stores dot the Texas landscape – often taking over old gas stations or restaurants – and filled past the brim with the belongings of yesteryear. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.