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Dr. Richard J. Reddick and Dr. Lisa B. Thompson

June 1, 2022

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

In this episode of Black Austin Matters, hosts Lisa B. Thompson and Richard J. Reddick talk with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, the outgoing president of Huston-Tillotson University.


May 4, 2022

Joseph Frilot

Hosts Lisa B. Thompson and Richard J. Reddick talk with IDEA Montopolis teacher Joseph Frilot.


April 6, 2022

Dr. Sonja Franklin

In this episode, hosts Lisa B. Thompson and Rich Reddick talk with Dr. Sonja Franklin, an optometrist and owner of Modern Eyes in Austin.




Dr. Richard J. Reddick

Richard J. Reddick (Rich) moved to southeast Austin at age 14 and has been fascinated by issues of race, class, and education in his adopted city ever since. A professor of educational leadership and policy, Rich’s academic work focuses on mentoring relationships, the experiences of Black faculty in higher education, and the uncompensated labor performed by BIPOC people in university settings. Rich is a dad to two kids, a husband, son, and a brother in a family that has called Austin home spanning five decades. When not podcasting, Rich is following Texas Longhorn sports, playing bass guitar, or playing trivia – or caught in Austin traffic!

Dr. Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is co-host and co-producer of KUT’s Black Austin Matters podcast. The award-winning playwright and University of Texas professor is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays. When she’s not writing, teaching, or working out, the San Francisco native loves watching old movies while devouring all the homemade cookies she supposedly baked for her teenage son.

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