Austin Podcast

KUT Weekend – April 16, 2021

New challenges in the rush to get people vaccinated: unfilled appointments! Plus, renters still stuck in limbo after their homes were damaged by the February winter storm. And how librarians are using the outdoors to get kids reading together again. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – April 2, 2021

COVID numbers continue to flatten in the Austin-area. Plus, why it’s so hard to find out what Austin Energy circuit your home is on. And how an out-of-work musician’s latest album was inspired by having to spend hours on hold with the unemployment office. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – March 19, 2021

A recording of the state’s top utility regulator that caused him to lose his job. Plus, bills in the Texas legislature that seek to undo what local election officials did to try to make voting safe during the pandemic. And how some farmers are trying to get by after the winter storm decimated local farms. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – March 12, 2021

The Austin school district needs to evaluate 800 students for special ed. It doesn’t have the staff to do it. A UT Austin committee determines the intent of the school song ‘The Eyes of Texas’ was ‘not overtly racist.’ And Austin rents have dropped, ever so slightly, so now some renters see a chance to negotiate.

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KUT Weekend – February 26, 2021

State lawmakers considering how to stop last week’s power outages from happening again. Plus, some Austin apartment dwellers still have no water. And how those sad mounds of dead cactus across Central Texas may be reborn. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – February 5, 2021

Austin Public Health tries to shed light on its confusing vaccine rollout. Plus, how coronavirus testing has become a “cash cow” for freestanding ERs in Texas. And an effort to preserve the memory of East Austin’s Metz Elementary School. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – January 29, 2021

Challenges of the coronavirus vaccine rollout in Bastrop County. Plus, what is the future of the Broken Spoke now that its founder James White has died? And why it takes years for some Central Texans to develop cedar allergies. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – January 22, 2021

The latest on Austin’s coronavirus vaccine rollout. Plus, Governor Abbott targets Austin’s move to relax rules where homeless people can camp. And Texas Parks and Wildlife eradicates a zebra mussel infestation for the first time. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – January 15, 2021

Austin opens an alternate care site for COVID patients in the convention center. Plus, the Texas legislature gavels in for its once-every-two-year regular legislative session. And UT researchers experimenting with empathy as a treatment for loneliness. Those stores and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – December 24, 2020

Austin moves to its highest level of COVID risk guidance. Plus, health care workers express relief as the vaccine rolls out statewide. And part 2 of the story behind some of Austin’s most prominent graffiti. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – December 18, 2020

An Austinite who’s still planting flags in his yard for every Texan who’s died from COVID-19. Plus, the voices of Central Texans facing hunger during the pandemic. And who’s spray painting some of Austin’s most visible graffiti? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

KUT Weekend – December 11, 2020

Austin could move to Stage 5 of its COVID-19 risk based guidelines as soon as next week. Plus, Austin ISD’s decision to deny hundreds of teachers requesting pandemic medical exemptions the ability to work from home. And an Austin guitarist forced to rediscover his musical instrument following a stroke.

KUT Weekend – December 4, 2020

Austin Mayor Steve Adler apologizes for vacationing in Cabo while urging people to stay home. Plus, the contentious Austin city council runoff elections in North Austin. And the hero lab mice we are sacrificing to advance COVID-19 vaccine research. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – November 20, 2020

With COVID-19 hospitalizations increasing, Austin moves to Stage 4 of its risk based guidelines. Plus, CapMetro tries to make public transit more accessible for low-income riders. And why general aviation in Fredericksburg is soaring through the pandemic.Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – November 13, 2020

Coronavirus numbers going the wrong way in Travis County. Plus, why the Democrats’ attempt to flip the Texas House failed. And KUT’s efforts to improve its diversity and inclusion. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – November 6, 2020

Election results in Central Texas! Plus, the blue wave in Texas that failed to materialize. And public fridges offering free food in food insecure areas of Austin. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – October 30, 2020

Record voter turnout in Texas! Plus, the latest on COVID-19 trends in Central Texas. And a show celebrating the achievements of African Americans marks 50 years on the air at KUT. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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KUT Weekend – October 23, 2020

Third-party groups put their voices and dollars to work ahead of a public transit referendum in Austin. Plus, a look at some of the competitive elections in Travis County. And the declining COVID-19 situation in nearby Waco. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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The Venues

In this episode, you’ll hear from the owners two Austin venues. Brodie Elkins tells the story of Scratchouse which closed due to the pandemic. Then Maggie Lea and Tamara Hoover talk about how they’ve kept their venue, Cheer Up Charlies, afloat and explain what it’s been like to get ready to reopen.

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Follow Cheer Up Charlies: Instagram and Twitter

Resources:

Music Venue Alliance Austin

Red River Cultural District

National Independent Venue Alliance

Amplified Sound Coalition

Austin Texas Musicians

Pause/Play: Episode 3

KUT Weekend – October 9, 2020

Governor Abbott allows county judges to reopen bars at 50 percent capacity. Plus, how the Republican Party consolidated power in Texas. And why are there so many otters popping up in Central Texas? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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