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

May 3, 2023

Patricia Bedford

In a conversation with Patricia Bedford, a native of Austin, she shares her amazing journey from being an engineer to becoming a successful business owner and master baker. She also talks about how she keeps her grandmothers’ legacy alive through her work and passion.


April 5, 2023

Calvin J. Turner

Lisa and Rich speak with Army veteran and entrepreneur Capt. Calvin J. Turner.


March 1, 2023

Shauntavia Ward

In the first episode of season two, Rich and Lisa talk with social wellness entrepreneur Shauntavia Ward.


December 7, 2022

Lisa B. Thompson and Richard J. Reddick (Part 2)

We hear the second part of Lisa and Rich interviewing each other about their experiences.


November 2, 2022

Lisa B. Thompson and Richard J. Reddick

In this episode of Black Austin Matters, Lisa and Rich interview…themselves.


October 5, 2022

Jahmal Fenner

In this episode, Rich and Lisa talk with LBJ High School football coach Jahmal Fenner.


September 7, 2022

Priscilla Hale

Rich and Lisa talk with seventh-generation East Austin native and community activist Priscilla Hale.


August 3, 2022

Ariel René Jackson

We talk with anti-disciplinary film-based artist Ariel René Jackson in this episode of Black Austin Matters.




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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