In Black America Podcast
3:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

The Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin

Daron K. Roberts, founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Daron K. Roberts, founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Honors program.

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Wayback Wednesday
2:36 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

The Portrait LBJ Never Wanted the World to See

A screenshot from a 1967 news story on the presidential portrait that LBJ rejected.
US National Archives and Records Administration

For today’s Wayback Wednesday, we look back at a portrait by famed landscape artist Peter Hurd that Lyndon B. Johnson wished nobody would’ve ever seen:

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This Is NPR
2:04 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Cheat-Sheet: Finding NPR Events & Activities At SXSW

Clockwise from upper left: Shamir, TV On The Radio, Boogie, Courtney Barnett, Stromae
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:19 am

If you're headed to Austin over the next two weeks, we'll see you there!

NPR staff and journalists will be spread out across the city for this year's South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals. Beginning today, the teams will be leading sessions, participating in panel discussions, hosting music showcases and conducting interviews during several portions of the annual event.

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Arts Eclectic
1:41 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Enjoy Some 'Simple Sundries' at Salvage Vangaurd Theater

The folks at Glass Half Full Theatre like to combine elements in their show. The combination of live performance and puppetry is a trademark of Glass Half Full, and they also tend to mix a little social commentary in with their comedy.

The new work 'Simple Sundries' uses all those elements. Using an earlier short play about a woman and a pigeon as their basis, writers Caroline Wreck and Parker Dority crafted a full-length show that includes puppetry and physical comedy and also has something to say about the changing face of Austin's East Side.

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Crime & Justice
11:27 am
Wed March 11, 2015

ACLU Asks Justice Department to Investigate Texas Prison Riot

The ACLU is calling for a Department of Justice investigation into last month's riot at a prison in Raymondville.
Caleb Bryant Miller/KUT News

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate last month's riot at a private immigrant prison in Raymondville, Tex. That's because the ACLU does not believe the prison is able to do a good job investigating itself.

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10:43 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Hacker Group Anonymous Calls for Boycott of Austin-Based Blog

Hacker group Anonymous recently launched a campaign against Austin-based website the Daily Dot. The hacktivist collective released a video Monday night encouraging netizens and advertisers to boycott the site on social media after it was revealed the site had published articles written by Hector “Sabu” Monsegur, a former Anonymous hacker turned FBI informant.

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Energy & Environment
8:54 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Deer Are Being Bred Just to be Hunted. Is it Ethical?

Hunters boil antlers to kill bacteria and add to the preservation process.

This week, State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) filed a bill that would require the release of antlered deer in the spring – rather than in the fall right before hunting season begins. It will limit the time that deer breeders have to transport their deer. It's an effort to curb the practice of captive deer farming, which breeds deer for their impressive antlers. It's a method that some deer hunters argue is unfair and unsportsmanlike. 

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Ferguson, Mo., City Manager Out Amid Shakeup

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 8:04 pm

The Ferguson, Mo., City Council removed John Shaw as city manager today following last week's U.S. Justice Department report that accused the local police and justice system of racial bias.

Jason Rosenbaum, a reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, tweeted the news of the City Council resolution that removed Shaw from his position.

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Energy & Environment
2:05 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Here's Why People Are Blaming Refineries For Higher Gas Prices

Drivers have noticed the cost of gasoline inching up lately.
Eric Reyna/KUT News

You might have noticed gas prices inching up, but crude oil prices are still waaaay lower than they were a year ago – so what’s behind the jump in gasoline?  Usually, higher prices at the pump are linked to the higher cost of crude oil. But at this time of year, people blame refineries.  

"What we’re seeing is that strong relationship between gas and oil fade," says Patrick Dehane, an oil analyst with "It is… I wouldn’t say a nasty breakup. But the two are becoming more distant because of refining.” 

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1:58 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Lyft Secures First Ridesharing Deal with Austin Airport

A Lyft car, complete with trademark pink mustache. Many of the fuzzy ones have been replaced with smaller glowing indoor mustaches.
Daniel X O'Neill/Flickr

Just before the SXSW onslaught, Lyft has agreed to a deal making it the first ridesharing service allowed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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10:43 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Job Growth Spurs Temporary Housing Market in Houston

Luxury condominiums like Waterwalk hope to cash in on population growth and business development.
Courtesy of WaterWalk

Approximately 50,000 people relocate to Houston every year, creating a luxury-housing boom.

Imagine waking up in your luxury apartment. There’s a knock at the door – in wheels some scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, a gourmet breakfast delivered. Every morning. And your company’s paying for all of it. That could be the reality for some Houston transplants as early as June, if David Redfern has his way. He’s the president of Waterwalk.

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10:41 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Updated: Texas Man Cleared by DNA Gets Posthumous Degree

An online petition collected more than 12,000 signatures in support of asking Texas Tech University to grant a posthumous degree to Timothy Cole. Friday the board voted to award him the degree.

Update March 10, 2015 9:45 a.m. Texas Tech University's Board of Regents voted Friday to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole. The Associated Press first reported about this vote on Monday, after the university released a statement on the regents' vote.

Original story Dec. 11, 2014: Timothy Cole was the first person to receive a Texas posthumous pardon for a crime he didn’t commit. That happened in 2010. Now, a Texas resident wants Texas Tech University to grant Cole an honorary degree.

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Texas Women's History
10:01 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Texas Women's History Month (Week Two)

This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our second week, we'll look at former First Lady and environmentalist Lady Bird Johnson, rancher and philanthropist Petra Kenedy, legendary singer Janis Joplin, and more.   

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9:42 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Mobile Home Residents Feel Threatened by New Developments. Are Their Fears Real or Imaginary?

Alice Smith was kicked out of her apartment last year. After a friend helped her finance this trailer, she moved in to a park near the Montopolis Bridge.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Most Austin residents are renters and, chances are, you might be a renter yourself.

But some Austinites living in trailer parks aren’t necessarily guaranteed the perks of a leasing agreement and, as residential and commercial development sprawls across the city, some worry landlords may cash out and sell off parks.

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9:20 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Why Are Most Austin RV and Mobile Home Parks Invisible?

Per city ordinance, RV’s and mobile homes can’t share the same property, yet they often do. The ordinance is from the 1960s, but many parks go back as far as the 1940s. The ordinance doesn't apply to them, because older properties were grandfathered.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

If you've lived in Austin for a few years, you're probably familiar with the Pecan Grove RV Park. It's where actor Matthew McConaughey "lived" for years. It's a well-kept park that has even become a tourist attraction.

But it's the exception when considering the city's other RV and mobile home parks.

Most parks live a hidden existence of disrepair and neglect.

One reason why we seldom hear about them in Austin is because they are purposely kept under the radar.

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2015 Legislature
8:56 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Texting While Driving Ban Bill Gets Another Run at Texas Capitol

Texas lawmakers are discussing a texting while driving bill again in the 2015 legislative session.
via Xconomy

Texas lawmakers in a transportation committee say they want to make 2015 the year Texas bans texting and driving statewide.

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8:43 am
Mon March 9, 2015

U.S. Children of Undocumented Parents Report Anxiety, Depression

A study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies led by UT Austin School of Social Work Dean Luis Zayas suggests children of undocumented parents have high levels of anxiety.
KUT News

A study from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California, Davis, and the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría, Mexico City, looks at the mental health of children who are U.S. citizens, but whose parents are undocumented Mexican immigrants.  

These U.S.-born children of undocumented parents reported high levels of anxiety and also symptoms of depression if their parents were detained or deported. 

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Flash Flood Watch
6:29 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Updated: Central Texas Under Flash Flood Watch Until 7:00 p.m.

National Weather Service screenshot of the Austin/San Antonio area at 6:10 a.m. on March 9, 2015.

Update 11:46 a.m. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown: A map and list of Austin-area road closures can be found here. The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory until 2 p.m. for Travis, Bastrop, Williamson and Lee Counties.

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Higher Ed
3:35 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Higher Ed: Happiness 101?

History, Biology, English, Calculus. Those are some of the more traditional subjects taught in classrooms.

But what if happiness were taught in school?

In this week's episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger discuss teaching happiness in school. What would that look like in a classroom? And if it could be taught, should it be taught?

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The Write Up
10:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Amanda Eyre Ward on Gratitude, Compassion and 'The Same Sky'


Amanda Eyre Ward is not afraid.

In researching her first novel Sleep Toward Heaven, Amanda sat down with convicted murderers waiting on death row to explore their regrets and hopes. While writing her novel Forgive Me, Amanda traveled to South Africa to experience the ethnic tensions of Johannesburg first-hand

In this episode of The Write Up, we discuss her latest novel The Same Sky her penchant for telling stories of the voiceless and powerless, the importance of looking past political divides to tell the stories of real people and how exploring the lives of others has impacted her own own.

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