November 8, 2023

KUT Morning Newscast for November 8, 2023

KUT News Now

By: Juan Garcia

Central Texas top stories for November 8, 2023. Election results. Travis County parks and infrastructure. Teacher pay raises in Round Rock. Retired teachers get a pay raise. Power plants. Water fund.

October 30, 2023

Austin Author on “One of Our Greatest American Writers” James Baldwin and His Foray into Screenwriting

KUT News Now

By: Jennifer Stayton

A celebrated American author and activist — who also ventured into the world of screenwriting — is the subject of a new book by an Austin author. Baylor University English professor Greg Garrett’s latest work is The Gospel According to James Baldwin: What America’s Great Prophet Can Teach Us About Life, Love and Identity. Before the Austin Film Festival started, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talked with Garrett about what drew him to Baldwin’s work – and about Baldwin’s foray into screenwriting.

October 23, 2023

Grace Sorensen: “Can’t Kiss & Forget” (ACL Fest Pop-Up)


By: Jack Anderson

In the three short years since she hit streaming, it’s become abundantly clear that Grace Sorensen is a force to be reckoned with, plain and simple. This Austin-based singer-songwriter spent the two years of the pandemic wowing us impassioned R&B originals. By the time it felt safe to slay live shows again early last year, Sorensen shared her debut EP WHAT I NEVER TOLD YOU, a five-track all-caps bouquet of unbridled vocals, whether they’re solely atop a piano (“CAPTIVE”), or floating in a full-band mix (“THIS ISN’T LOVE”).

With the voice of an angel and a striking sense of fashion to match, Grace has become a must-have feature for hip-hop/R&B blenders like Magna Carda (“Digits”) and BLK ODYSSY (“LET ME GO”). And of course, we only have “Miss Majesty” herself to thank for her more recent exposure and success, including a cover feature for The Austin Chronicle detailing their top picks for “best of” ACL.

Needless to say, Sorensen didn’t disappoint and fully delivered when she graced the BMI Stage Sunday One of the festival. Afterwards, she brought her guitarist and keyboardist back with her to the KUTX tent for an impeccable new impression of her next EP. We’re still waiting on its studio counterpart, but for now, we’re plenty happy with the extra-sensual memory-maker that is the pop-up rendition of “Can’t Kiss & Forget”!

October 22, 2023

Four African American Mayors, pt. 1 (Ep. 47, 2023)

In Black America

By: John L. Hanson

On this week’s In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents highlights from the 2023 National Urban League Annual Conference in Houston, Texas, featuring comments from Mayors Sylvester Turner of Houston, Eric Adams of New York City, Karen Bass of Los Angeles, and Brandon Johnson of Chicago, hosted by Conference President and CEO Marc H. Morial.

October 18, 2023

Biden administration bets big on hydrogen energy – and Texas is the winner


By: Casey Cheek

Up for a vote statewide: an amendment to the constitution to lower property taxes for Texans.

We continue to monitor events in the mideast, where President Biden is trying to tamp down tensions as a prominent congressman from Texas tries to turn up the heat on Hezbollah, calling to give the president the authority to use military force against Iranian proxies. we’ll hear more.

With the danger of a disruption to energy prices, a renewed focus on the US strategic oil reserves. Was it a mistake to draw them down with the outbreak of war in Ukraine?

Plus the effort to make Texas a hydrogen hub.

October 1, 2023

Marc H. Morial (Ep. 44, 2023)

In Black America

By: John L. Hanson

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents an address by and a conversation with Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of The National Urban League at the historic Civil Rights organization’s National Conference, held this summer in Houston, Texas.