Archives for December 2018

Texas Standard: December 31, 2018

No matter where you are, it’s beginning to look like New Years. But before we say ta ta to 2018, we look back at the year that was on a special edition of the Texas Standard:

Trymaine Lee (Ep. 4, 2019)

In Black America producer and host discusses social issues and the role of race, violence, politics and law enforcement in news coverage with Trymaine Lee, an award-winning and highly regarded news correspondent for NBC and MSNBC.

Texas Standard: December 28, 2018

The border remains the top issue in national politics, but in Texas it’s also a local issue. We’ll hear from a state representative on the latest in her district. Plus, Texas is once again one of the deadliest states for law enforcement officers. We’ll break down the numbers including a disturbing trend involving firearm deaths. And if one Texas lawmaker has his way the severance tax could get a bit of a makeover in the next legislative session. What it is and why you should care. Also, the Texan believed to be the country’s oldest man has died at 112. We’ll take a look back at his life. All of that and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

New Year’s Eve

How do you celebrate? Or do you? That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: December 27 2018

Hundreds of asylum seekers released in El Paso with little warning, straining resources and highlighting big issues at the border. We’ll talk with Bob Moore in El Paso about the latest. Also, race and criminal justice: we’ll take look at just how different America’s prison population is from the population at large and why. Plus a Texas lawmaker tells us why he’s fighting for the expansion of medical marijuana. And did you unwrap a new gadget for Christmas or Hanukkah? Our tech expert Omar Gallaga tells us what to do with the old one. Also, the calls for civility in politics and online have come from every corner. But some say it’s not enough. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: December 26, 2018

Some observers say the Lone Star State is experiencing a moment: we’re turning it into an hour as we go deep in the art of Texas on a special edition of the Texas Standard. From a major face lift at Houston’s museum of fine arts to a renaissance of Texas music spreading far and wide beyond the stereotypical frontiers, a famous film director returning to his roots, a photographer giving us a new perspective of our home state from a mile in the sky, to kids in the valley turning their lives into verse…we’re getting creative on this special edition of the Texas Standard:

This Song: Hrishikesh Hirway // Thao Nguyen

For the last episode of 2018, This Song decided to celebrate some exciting changes at one of our favorite music podcasts. Starting in 2019, Song Exploder host, creator, and producer Hrisikesh Hirway will hand over hosting duties to Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Getdown  Staydown.

Listen as Hrishikesh Hirway tells us how listening to Asha Bhosle’s “Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera” as a young child helped open up a well of emotion that continues to inspire him to this day. Then we hear how Lucinda Williams helped Thao Nguyen understand the power of “the good hurt.”

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Texas Standard: December 25, 2018

No matter where you are, peace on earth, goodwill to all: it’s a special edition of the national news show of you know where. We hope you’re having a very merry December 25th, and we thank you for taking some time out of your day with us. we’ve made our list, we’ve checked it twice, and what your about to hear are some of the stories you told us were especially nice in 2018. From what makes a longhorn a real longhorn to Hollywood with a distinctly Texan accent and friendships that make the season bright. All of that and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: December 24, 2018

Demographic shifts and low reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare add up to trouble for Texas’s rural hospitals. When a rural hospital shuts down it can have ripple effects, the health professionals leave and so do the pharmacists, creating healthcare deserts. And it’s not just physical health. Texas is also facing an enormous shortage of psychiatrists, especially outside of the big cities. But it’s not all bad news in health for Texas: the state is also home to some great innovators. We’ll introduce you to a few. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Frank Washington, pt. 2 (Ep. 3, 2019)

Producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a conversation with Frank Washington, Managing Partner and Editor, about the history and future of the automobile industry, and the challenges brought about by growing digitalization and technological advancements in the industry.

KUT Weekend – December 21, 2018

Gus Garcia, the first elected Hispanic mayor of Austin, dies at 84. Plus, Governor Greg Abbott says he might offer Texans an alternative to Obamacare. And our listeners tell us what it means to be a ‘real’ Austinite. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Exercise & Sleep

The two cheapest and easiest things we can do for our health is sleep more and exercise more, so why don’t we do it? Sleep and exercise have an immense impact on physical and mental health both in the moment and for your future self.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about exercise and sleep.

Texas Standard: December 21, 2018

Another high profile resignation shakes the Trump administration, we’ll explore what Jim Mattis’ departure means. Plus, there’s a cost associated with being behind bars, but getting released also comes at a cost. We’ll run the numbers. Also one expert shares his ideas for the perfect children’s gift that won’t cost you a penny. And when it comes to holiday traditions, do you break a piñata? All of that and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Family During The Holidays

It’s the time of the year when families get together across the miles, across the generations, and across the political spectrum. For better or for worse, that was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Carson McHone: “Drugs” (Live in Studio 1A)

Native Austinite and country songwriter Carson McHone has been crushing crowds at places like The White Horse well before she was 21, and rightfully so. McHone’s unapologetic temperament shines through her lyrics and she matches it with flawless performances on vocals, guitar and harmonica.

McHone’s latest offering came in the form of her third full-length, Carousel, and while it’s no revolution in her sound, it’s definitely the best packaged Carson McHone experience to date. We were happy to have Carson as our October 2018 Artist of the Month and in that time she told us, “it’s never too early to teach your kids about subtext”…that said, here’s the final Song of the Day for 2018, the live Studio 1A rendition of “Drugs”!

Texas Standard: December 20, 2018

Will this be the legislative session that fixes the way Texas funds public schools? We’ll explore new recommendations. And speaking of the legislative session, there are new bills filed. We ask lawmakers why certain bills are near and dear to their hearts. We also say goodbye to members of the Texas delegation in Washington. And ’tis the season to go shopping, and get a discount: we’ll tell you how. All of that and more today on the Texas Standard:

The Watters: “I Need You”

Their journey together began as class mates, then band mates, and now as soul mates, guitarist Daniel and singer Jenna Watters are in perfect harmony as The Watters. Jenna and Daniel had previously worked together on seven albums under different monikers across Sedona, Arizona, L.A., Denver, and Nashville. That was all before they settled down in Austin, assembled their trusty eight-piece backing band, and released their debut album as “The Watters” in 2016.

Daniel and Jenna’s chemistry is undeniable, thanks in no small part to the shear amount of time they’ve spent writing and performing together, and they upped the aural ante this past June with their self-titled full-lengthThe Watters reminded us why Jenna and Daniel kick so much butt together; their technical talents speak for themselves and their songwriting takes the best from soul, roots, Americana, rock and folk and slow cooks it into a gourmet Watters sound.

Yesterday afternoon The Watters were at the ongoing Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, next Sunday they’ll be at Cosmic Coffee & Beer Garden and tonight they play at Stubb’s Indoors. Our Song of the Day and The Watters album opener may have a relatively generic title, but the music itself is just plain amazing. Check out “I Need You”!