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KUT Morning Newscast for January 10, 2024

Central Texas top stories for January 10, 2024. Austin prepares warming centers for freezing temperatures. Austin Community College chancellor is proposing making tuition free for some students. Long COVID. Dripping Springs Community Library is running out of space.

Del Rio’s William Beckmann fuses youthful energy and timeless soul in country music

A body was found in a buoy barrier in the Rio Grande, prompting harsh criticism of Texas’ border strategy.

Four years after the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, people at the scene that day who are eligible for immigrant visas are still waiting.

The end of the pandemic emergency – and the end of pandemic relief funds – could mean a cut in childcare options in Texas. We’ll hear why.

A women’s soccer champion-turned Texas collegiate soccer coach weighs in on the U.S.’ prospects as the World Cup moves into the knockout rounds.

Plus the rise of songwriter William Beckmann, a Del Rio native.

KUT Morning Newscast for May 11, 2023

Central Texas top stories for May 11, 2023. Daniel Perry sentenced to 25 years. South Korean economic agreement with Taylor. COVID updates. Austin graphic artist dies.

The latest on Texas’ winter freeze

As temperatures plummet with a major cold front bearing down on the lone star state, down into the teens in many parts, we continue to monitor conditions across Texas. Eric Berge of Houston’s Space City Weather joins us with an overview, the dangers ahead, and when we can expect to thaw out from this last big chill of 2022. Also a rethink of ways to address the mental health crisis. And the week in politics with the Texas Tribune. These stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: July 25, 2022

An immigration decision from the supreme court with a big impact on Texas…though it might not be the last word on the matter. We’ll have more on the decision. Also, how extreme heat is affecting migrants trying to get around border checkpoints on foot and what’s being done for their safety. And why gas prices in Texas are going down. These stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: July 15, 2022

The state of Texas is suing the Biden administration over abortion guidance to hospitals. The federal rules instruct emergency room doctors to provide abortion services in emergency conditions. Texas’ own law provides exceptions for the health of the pregnant patient. So why is the state suing? Also, the state terminating its guardianship over scores of young runaways once in the care of child protective services. What happens to those young people? Other stories include the Austinite who many believe invented psychedelic rock. Plus the week in politics and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: January 18, 2022

With hospital ERs on the front lines in the latest COVID-19 spike, a doctor issues a plea for the public’s help. Other stories we’re tracking: a service of healing in the aftermath of the hostage situation at a Colleyville synagogue on Saturday. And understanding seditious conspiracy charges against a Texas-based militia founder in connection with the January 6th Capitol attacks. Join us for those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: December 10, 2021

A Supreme Court decision on Texas’ new abortion law- which says more about legal procedure than reproductive rights. Details today on the Texas Standard.

Almost halfway through the school year and chronic shortages of teachers combined with COVID concerns continue to cause trouble in districts statewide, coming up, how this is playing out at a school in Fort Bend.

$800 million to curb the spread of COVID in the classroom- mostly unspent. We’ll hear why.

And the thousands of multimillion dollar mansions in Texas that pay no taxes because of who’s living there. Those stories and much more.

J Soulja Speaks!

On this episode of The Breaks

You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

Texas Standard: October 18, 2021

Raise your hands if you knew there was an election on November 2. Do you know about the constitutional amendments on the ballot? Some help- today on the Texas Standard.
Eight proposed constitutional amendments in front of voters statewide next month. We’ll look at some of the top line proposals.
Also, billions in COVID relief money- how are Texas lawmakers using those dollars?
A longtime NPR journalist sharing her journey of what it means to become a parent to your parents.
And the struggles some school districts face trying to comply with a law designed to push back against what’s called critical race theory.

The Story of COVID and Processing Grief

We make sense of things by creating stories about them; our brains want to connect the dots. But it turns out that life has its own sequence that sometimes doesn’t make much sense. This brings us to COVID and the illogical logic of the evolution of the virus that keeps going even after some thought things would get back to “normal” with a vaccine.

In this edition of  Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how the emotional rollercoaster of living with COVID mirrors the grieving process, and how to navigate it.

 

Texas Standard: July 26, 2021

As a new variant of COVID-19 takes hold in Texas, we’re learning about one of the deadliest places to be in Texas after the pandemic hit. After the pandemic first gripped Texas, veterans homes overseen by George P. Bush suffered fatality rates of 25% or more, well above the statewide average for nursing homes. We’ll talk to one of the investigative reporters behind these new findings. Also, the Governor’s bid for re-election: two challengers so far, but how much of a contest is it shaping up to be? And an effort to turn back time at Fort Stocktons Comanche Springs plus a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Being Kind To Yourself In COVID Times

Risk, isolation, and grief are experiences that have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Spending some time to recognize the small things, even if painful or negative, was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

David Alvarez Retires

The stalwart engineer for Two Guys on Your HeadDavid Alvarez is throwing in the towel and turning his attention to the finer things in life.

David has worked at KUT since 1982 and has been the engineer for Two Guys since our first recording back in 2013.

In this edition of the show Dr. Art Markman, Dr. Bob Duke, and Rebecca McInroy talk with David about the role of the engineer and about what he’ll miss about his time at KUT.

Happy retirement David! We’ll miss you!

Trailer: Pause/Play on the Austin music scene

“Pause/Play” will tell the pandemic stories of artists, venues, venue staff, festivals, sound technicians, music non-profits and more. What has the shutdown been like for them so far? What help have they received in order to survive? What adaptations have they been making, and what do they see as the future for Austin Music?

Creating A Shared Reality

When times are tough and uncertain it can be a welcome oasis to read a book or watch a movie; especially with a friend or family member. Being able to imagine that things could be different is one unique thing about being human, and sharing these realities with others has a special significance.

On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss creating a shared reality.

 

Hypochondria

Hypochondrias is a condition where a person worries excessively and unduly about having a serious illness. It can be debilitating and require treatment from a psychologist. But oftentimes we refer to people who think they might be sick as having hypochondria because it is a way to dismiss their concern or say, “you always just think you are sick.” In this case, it’s important to recognize how and why we are interpreting our body’s signals in a negative way.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of hypochondria, and the impact a positive mindset can have on your physical health.