public radio

Lisa Moore on Adrienne Rich

If I can write better poems I can live a better life. It’s a spiritual practice for me…it helps me figure out how to tell the truth. Which, reading Adrienne Rich also helps me do.”-Lisa Moore

Poet and professor Dr. Lisa Moore talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain and KUT producer Rebecca McInroy about the profound and urgent work of the poet and activist Adrienne Rich.

Moore reads Rich’s poem “What Kind of Times are These” and discusses various other works including one of her most famous poems “Diving Into The Wreck” from her book Diving Into The Wreck: Poems 1971-1972.

The conversation ranges from the depth of her poems to her work as a public intellectual and her role as a mother and civil rights activist.



Texas Standard: December 19, 2018

Texas requires contractors to sign a pledge against boycotting Israel. Is that a violation of the First Amendment? A legal challenge to a new state law today on the Texas Standard.

This time yesterday we told you about landmark legislation on criminal justice–with passage in the Senate last night, we’ll hear why some behind bars in Texas choose to stay there.

Also, history meets what planners call the future of El Paso as preservationists fight to save a neighborhood from the wrecking ball. We’ll hear what’s at stake.

Plus the editor in chief of Kirkus Reviews with some last minute gift tips, and more.

Texas Standard: December 18, 2018

After Obamacare, then what? The governor’s suggesting he’ll push for a Texas healthcare plan. But what would Abbottcare look like and is it for real? The story today.

Texas’ senior senator, the number two man in the Senate, delivers an impassioned plea for a criminal justice bill. And it looks like it could be one of those rare opportunities for something resembling real bipartisanship. What John Cornyn said and why he’s now in the spotlight.

Also, a creature long rumored to roam the swamps of the south–turns out it’s for real. We’ll talk with the Texas researcher who helped discover a new species. And much more today on the Texas Standard.

Texas Standard: December 17, 2018

After the death of an undocumented Guatemalan girl, politicians return to tour what was once called a temporary tent camp at Tornillo. The story today on the Standard.
A Trump administration proposal to deport certain Vietnamese immigrants sends shock waves through parts of Texas: home to some of the largest Vietnamese communities in the US.
Also, the year that was in energy. Plus, a tumultuous year in review from the previous century- and why a Texas museum is turning a spotlight on it.
All those stories, plus the changing face of Texas politics and more coming up today on the Texas Standard.

Texas Standard: December 14, 2018

Weeks of meetings on climate change come to a close, but what’s changing? Other than the climate? We’ll explore today on the Texas Standard.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, they say…but now what? What’s there to show for a conference on climate and what role can individuals play today?
Also, ’tis the season for graduation? A 19 year old gets her PhD in North Texas and we get schooled on her story.
Space the final frontier? What about that frontier separating Texas and Mexico? How Elon Musk may stand in the way of a border wall.

Plus the week in Texas politics and a whole lot more.

Texas Standard: December 13, 2018

A food fight on Capitol Hill may be coming to an end, what’s in the massive farm bill and what isn’t? That story and more today on the Texas Standard.

As much of the US is focused on disarray in DC, why dramatic European disunion right now should be on our radar here in Texas.

Also, how the recent wild ride on Wall Street is hitting the home front.

How pop-up PACs are skirting campaign laws.

And is there an echo in the room? If not, there may be a few under the tree. How the hottest gifts of the season, those smart speakers, really stack up against each othe

Texas Standard: December 12, 2018

Could be some hard lessons for lawmakers who say they want to fix Texas schools in the upcoming session. We’re doing the math and more today on the Texas Standard.

A state panel is suggesting an overhaul in how our public schools are paid for–long an issue of contention in Texas. We’ll hear the latest ideas. Tell us what you think online @texasstandard.

Also, how 3D printers are putting teeth in prison dental care.

And a claim that after a decade of progress, the rate of uninsured children on the rise: is that true? The Politifact team is on the case.

V&B: Public Radio, Podcasting, and Possibility

Join us as we talk about what it means to produce radio content, the restraints of the radio clock, and the various opportunitites for public radio stations when it comes to podcasting.  KUT’s Rebecca McInroy hosts, KUT’s morning edition host and producer and co-host of the KUT podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton, reporter and co-host of the independent podcast Two and Fro, DaLyah Jones, and KUTX DJ, musician and host of the podcast This Song, Elizabeth McQueen.

Texas Standard: April 24, 2017

A possible government shutdown, the fate of the border wall, what could make the week busier? How about renegotiating NAFTA? The story today on the Texas Standard.

It’s not just Donald Trump who’s ready for a NAFTA redo: we’ll talk with the Mexican Economic Minister who says he think’s it needs a revamp, too…and soon.

Also, when a bill becomes law and you don’t like it, blame it on the author…unless, the author didn’t really write it. Who did? We’ll lift the curtain on the ghost writers lurking near the Texas capitol.

And a Texas Democrat warns of massive voter fraud —this time, he says, warnings need to be taken seriously.

Those stories and a whole lot more.

Texas Standard: June 6, 2016

May it please the court? When in Brownsville beware. A judge in the deferred deportation case orders Washington attorneys back to ethics school. That story today on the Texas Standard.

Two police training academies shut down in south Texas–the allegations: brutality toward cadets. Details on the investigation.

Also the skinny on a school district taking childhood obesity rates rather seriously.

And should Hillary Clinton borrow a tactic from LBJ? How the campaign of 64 could foretell the autum of 2016.

Plus, a new breakout profession—the cuddler.

Turn it up and get cozy because the Texas Standard is on the air.

Texas Standard: June 3, 2016

Texas versus Donald Trump and Trump University- a multimillion dollar lawsuit that never happened. Why not? And was it political? That story today on the Texas Standard.

How powerful the rising waters? The death toll climbs at Fort Hood in the wake of a tragedy underscoring the dangers.

Also an event 50 years ago this week that forever changed Texas politics and civil rights, but is somehow missing from school textbooks.

And with an 8 person US Supreme Court set to issue orders next week, a Texas Supreme Court Justice joins us with a modest proposal: consider a tie breaker.

All that and much more on today’s Texas Standard.

Texas Standard: June 2, 2016

Parked squarely over Texas a weather system promising more rain for days- but should we turn our attention to the ground? That story today on the Texas Standard.

In January new rules took effect making it tougher for minors seeking an abortion in Texas without parental consent. Six months later: what’s happened?

Also, a question for Hillary Clinton: which “red states” could she take in November? Her enthusiastic reply may surprise you. Veteran democratic consultant Harold Cook on whether she could, in fact, “come and take it”.

Plus, underrated tech for Texans- and a whole lot more. We’re just getting started.

Texas Standard: June 1, 2016

If you’re in Texas without documentation, you may have some trouble. Unless — you’re on the streets of El Paso? What’s the big I.D.? That’s today on the Texas Standard.

Batten down the hatches and get outta Dodge…for many coastal Texans that’s the plan if the big one comes. But is that good enough?

A huge humanitarian crisis unfolding south of us- and it could hit close to home.

The city with the widest freeway in the world has a giant preserve which may help reduce flooding. So what’s with the plans to pave over it?

And Wendy Davis says Texas has no equal pay laws. Is that a fact?

Texas Standard: May 23, 2016

You know the saying, “where there’s smoke?” Alarms over policies for fire inspections in the nation’s 4th largest city. That story today on the Texas Standard

Tempers boiling over among residents of the real windy city, now in day eleven of a water safety alert.

You’ve heard about the nursing shortage. One big reason, a shortage of nursing teachers…and Texas is in worse shape than most.

And spark up the smoker, the barbecue kid is taking on the competition. We’ll meet the 12 year old grill master who can cook rings around the rest of us.

Texas Standard: March 11, 2016

In Houston a new name has become popular–not Daniel, or Ashley–but FNU. FNU? You too? Who’s to blame for the odd name — today on the Texas Standard.
The notorious story of long waits at VA hospitals across Texas just got uglier…as a new report shows VA workers tried to hide the problem by manipulating data. We’ll explore .
Hey job seeker–do we have a gig for you. One problem though: you’ve gotta be good with I-T. And in high tech Texas, there aren’t enough candidates to qualify. What San Antonio’s trying to do to close the IT gap.

All that, plus the week in politics and more.

March 18, 2015

Why toothaches have Texans running for the border. Plus, more on the move to limit the ability of Texans to tape the police at work. Also, a gospel family hits the big time but not without some pushback. All that and much more on today’s episode of the Texas Standard

March 17, 2015

Is that a gun in your holster, or are you just carrying concealed? An historic step by the Texas Senate and what it means for us. Plus: A vote today in Israel that could change the way forward in the Mideast. We explore the implications with Israel’s top official in Texas. And: Primo pot moves across the border – in the other direction. All that and much more, on this episode of Texas Standard.

February 18, 2015

Ethics in Texas politics and the road to the U.S. as thousands of Syrians flee the fighting. A Texas experiment puts women against men in a simulated Wall Street and do we Texans have our own language. All that, and much more, on today’s episode of the Standard:

February 16, 2015

Corpus, Dallas, El Paso and beyond. Today, the mayors of the top 10 Texas cities join forces for the first time. Also, should a private company have the power to take your property? A North Texas republican says something’s gotta change. Do you remember the Alamo? Sure hope so, because part of its disappearing at the rate of two inches every 50 years.