Laura Rice http://kut.org en UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence http://kut.org/post/ut-students-stay-israel-despite-ongoing-violence <p>As the conflict between&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/israel-launches-ground-offensive-gaza">Israel and Palestine in Gaza continues</a>, officials with the University of Texas International Office say they've been in close contact with graduate students and faculty conducting research in Israel.</p><p>“None of our students are anywhere near the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” UT International Office risk analyst Erin Wolf says.</p><p>Wolf says six graduate students and a handful of faculty are doing research projects in Israel and that in addition to providing academic support, local universities are also giving them direction.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:16:29 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10857 at http://kut.org UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs http://kut.org/post/meet-two-african-women-ut-ideas-improving-access-some-basic-needs <p>Some young people in Africa are struggling with problems that many Americans take for granted – including serious unemployment and access to basic needs.</p><p>A group of 25 young Africans from 18 different countries have been <a href="http://world.utexas.edu/features/yali" target="_blank">at UT-Austin this summer</a> to bring to life their business plans for addressing some of the challenges in their countries.</p><p>It’s part of President Obama’s <a href="https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/" target="_blank">Young African Leaders Initiative</a>. The national program is in its fourth year but this is the first time participants have spent time at a university prior to a summit in Washington.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159779558&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Laura Rice 10823 at http://kut.org Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) http://kut.org/post/ethan-hawke-talks-boyhood-predestination-and-his-texas-ties-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's much-anticipated 12-year film project "Boyhood" opens in theatres across Austin today. KUT talked with star Ethan Hawke when he was in town for South by Southwest.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(March 11): Actor Ethan Hawke is in not one but two films that headlined <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a> this year.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14942" target="_blank">“Boyhood”</a> is the 12-year-long film project about growing up by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater. <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15060" target="_blank">“Predestination”</a> is a time-travel sci-fi thriller.</p><p>KUT&nbsp;sat down with Hawke to talk with him about the films and about his Texas ties<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>Hawke was born in Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139049993&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:08:01 +0000 Laura Rice 9944 at http://kut.org Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Those who weren't able to check out the play "All the Way" during its run on Broadway will have a second chance when Bryan Cranston reprises his role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in an HBO adaptation (an air date has not yet been announced).</p><p>Cranston researched the role at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin – and it must have paid off – he won a Tony Award for his performance. The play itself also won a Tony. It was written by Austin playwright Robert Schenkkan. <a href="http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy" target="_blank">Click Here</a> to check out KUT's interview with Schenkkan.</p><p>Highlights from a November press appearance with Cranston are below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120290989" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:59 +0000 Laura Rice 9192 at http://kut.org ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) Water Service at Fort Hood, Killeen & Copperas Cove Still Not Back to Normal (Update) http://kut.org/post/water-service-fort-hood-killeen-copperas-cove-still-not-back-normal-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Water service is still not fully restored at Fort Hood. The post is on limited supply because of a problem with its main water line.</p><p>Military personnel will report to the Central Texas Army post today a little later than usual and physical training is canceled.</p><p>Other parts of the post are starting to get back to work. Child care centers at Fort Hood and the Darnall Army Medical Center will be open today as usual.</p><p>Fort Hood is under Stage 4 water restrictions until the supply problem is resolved. And people there should boil water before drinking it or cooking with it – until the quality can be tested.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 14, 7:04 a.m.): Fort Hood is in an extreme, but temporary, water shortage. The Central Texas Army post's water supply has been interrupted as a result of a Stage 4 critical emergency <a href="http://www.forthoodpresscenter.com/go/doc/3439/2203253/">conservation order</a> from the <a href="http://www.wcid1.org/home.html">Bell County Water Control and Improvement</a> District. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:13:52 +0000 Laura Rice & Andrew Weber 10778 at http://kut.org Water Service at Fort Hood, Killeen & Copperas Cove Still Not Back to Normal (Update) Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp http://kut.org/post/chronicle-best-austin-25-whats-changed-whats-same-how-its-different-yelp <p>If there’s one thing you hear consistently from Austinites, original and transplanted, it’s how much the city has changed over the years.</p><p>One interesting gauge of that might be the Austin Chronicle’s<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/" target="_blank"> “Best Of Austin” poll</a>,&nbsp;which is now in its 25<sup>th</sup> year.</p><p>Chronicle Special Issues Editor Kate X Messer has been around for almost 20 of those years. She sat down with KUT to talk about what she's seen over that time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158138481&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Laura Rice 10770 at http://kut.org Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too http://kut.org/post/austin-kids-making-claymation-movies-teach-us-how-make-one-too <p>With school out of session, lots of kids are filling their time with summer camps. But they’re not just playing with water balloons and eating s’mores. At the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/young-filmmakers-program/summer-film-camp/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival summer camp</a>, some kids are learning how to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyMwxPTbE8" target="_blank">claymation movies</a>.</p><p>KUT showed up on day four of the five-day camp …&nbsp;so we asked some kids if we could borrow their notes:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158286850&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:07 +0000 Laura Rice 10756 at http://kut.org Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit http://kut.org/post/free-tickets-available-president-obamas-speech-during-weeks-austin-visit <p><strong>Update: </strong>President Barack Obama will give a public address during his visit to Austin this week.</p><p>Obama will be at The Paramount Theater on Thursday for a speech on the economy. Tickets are free and available to the public. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning at The Paramount (713 Congress Ave). The White House will only distribute a limited number of tickets.</p><p>Doors will open for the speech on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are required for entry and are not for sale or re-sale. The White House says all attendees will go through airport-like security.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 2, 2014): Austin filmmaker <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001675/">Robert Rodriguez</a> will host a fundraiser for President Obama on Wednesday, July 9, according to a Democratic Party source who wished to speak on background. Tickets for the event will range from $5,000 to the legal limit of $32,400. The proceeds will go to the <a href="http://www.democrats.org/">Democratic National Committee</a>. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:10:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 10722 at http://kut.org Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/how-twitter-and-time-have-helped-americans-reassess-lbjs-legacy <p><em>This post has been updated to include portions of an interview with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.</em></p><p>President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act fifty years ago today.</p><p>"It's hard to realize that 50 years ago, people of color in many parts of this country, particularly in the Deep South, would not be accommodated at restaurants or at hotels or at motels, there were separate educational facilities and separate water fountains – we essentially lived in an apartheid state," LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove says.</p><p>Both the<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" target="_blank"> LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin and the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm" target="_blank">LBJ Ranch </a>in Stonewall are celebrating the anniversary of the signing.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:06:21 +0000 Laura Rice 10717 at http://kut.org How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy Update: Baby Missing From Houston Apparently Found http://kut.org/post/update-baby-missing-houston-apparently-found <p><strong>Update</strong>: <a href="http://www.khou.com/news/local/Amber-Alert-issued-for-8-month-old-Houston-girl-264201971.html">Houston media is reporting</a> that Genesis Haley was found early this morning.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original story</strong> (7:11 a.m.): Police in Houston have issued an </span><a href="http://www.missingkids.com/poster/AMBER/11575/7948" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Amber Alert </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for an infant girl.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Laura Rice 10655 at http://kut.org Update: Baby Missing From Houston Apparently Found We Learned What It's Like to Be a Beekeeper (and Only Got Stung Once) http://kut.org/post/we-learned-what-its-be-beekeeper-and-only-got-stung-once <p>KUT reporters are in “Summer School.” Every Friday, KUT reporters will learn a new skill or craft from folks around town who are experts in that field.</p><p>In this class, KUT's Laura Rice takes Beekeeping 101 with a local hive owner.</p><p>Lily Rosenman was our teacher. She's been beekeeping in Austin for four years. Right now, Rosenman keeps her hive at her friend Anne Woods's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">home in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">East Austin.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155262265&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10638 at http://kut.org We Learned What It's Like to Be a Beekeeper (and Only Got Stung Once) What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? http://kut.org/post/what-webby-stuff-austin-trees <p>It’s not yet autumn but fall webworms are showing up on trees across Central Texas.</p><p>The caterpillars form webbing on leaves – and spend much of their lives eating those leaves.</p><p>"Typically people notice they have fall webworms when they start to see the webbing actually starting to cover the tips of the branches and, if they look closely at those webs or they break open those webs, they'll actually see the caterpillars inside," Wizzie Brown says.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:00:03 +0000 Laura Rice 10624 at http://kut.org What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? USA vs Ghana at World Cup: 5 Things to Know http://kut.org/post/usa-vs-ghana-world-cup-5-things-know <p>The United States is taking on Ghana today in its first game of the World Cup. The two teams have only met twice before – and Ghana has won both times.</p><p>I was<a href="http://A Boston man may have come up with a way to automatically control the blood sugar levels of people with Type 1 diabetes: &quot;IT'S A DEVICE THAT BASICALLY COMES TO KNOW YOU. IT'S THE NEXT BEST THING TO A CURE.&quot; (:05) More on something called a &quot;bionic pancreas&quot;... coming up at [TIME] on [STATION]." target="_blank"> in Ghana earlier this year</a> for a journalism exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. There, I met <em>Gary Al-Smith a journalist at Citi FM</em> &nbsp;– who, though only in his 20’s, is considered his country’s foremost soccer – or football – expert.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154223728&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10600 at http://kut.org USA vs Ghana at World Cup: 5 Things to Know Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) http://kut.org/post/listen-henry-winkler-breaks-down-meaning-life-and-austin-bbq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Henry Winkler –&nbsp;better known as </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonzie" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arthur Fonzarelli</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in iconic </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1970s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sitcom “Happy Days,” and </span><a href="http://arresteddevelopment.wikia.com/wiki/Barry_Zuckerkorn" style="line-height: 1.5;">Barry Zukerkorn</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in cult favorite "Arrested Development" –&nbsp;was in Austin recently, accepting the first-ever </span><a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/atxattendees/achievement-in-television-excellence-award-presented-to-henry-winkler" style="line-height: 1.5;">Achievement in Television Excellence Award</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival" style="line-height: 1.5;">the ATX Television Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Winkler talked about his battle with dyslexia, the struggle to get casting directors to see beyond the Fonz, and his love for Austin barbecue. He also offered a lot of advice.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've collected his best advice in this 90-second clip. Listen:&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154066634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:29:48 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10586 at http://kut.org Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) Photos: The X Games, Texas Style http://kut.org/post/photos-x-games-texas-style <p><strong>Update: </strong>Check out our photos from the first ever Austin X Games in the slideshow above. And see more <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/sets/72157645102327133/" target="_blank">on the KUTX Flickr page</a>.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(June 6): The <a href="http://kut.org/post/x-games-are-here-austin" target="_blank">X Games are underway</a> for the first time in Austin.</p><p>Most of the extreme sports events are happening at the Circuit of the Americas track.</p><p><a href="http://xgames.espn.go.com/athlete/3014447/morgan-wade" target="_blank">Morgan Wade </a>has competed in the X Games before. But this year will be different… because he’s practically a hometown boy.</p><p>“It’s always nice to have a hometown crowd cheering you on," Wade says. "It’s different than all the other places we’ve been, obviously, because Texas is bigger and better than everywhere else we’ve already been.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153093297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Laura Rice 10550 at http://kut.org Photos: The X Games, Texas Style How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/how-central-texas-cities-regulate-or-dont-regulate-e-cigarettes <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Kyle has banned the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.</p><p>The Kyle City Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance – making it illegal for minors to use e-cigarettes and for businesses or individuals to sell or distribute them to anyone under 18.</p><p>The ordinance was researched and development by the Kyle Youth Advisory Council – made up of local high schoolers – who say they were concerned about the trend.</p><p>Those who break the rule could face a fine of up to $500 and be required to perform community service or attend a tobacco-awareness program. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10207 at http://kut.org How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival <p>Television is getting a bit more respect these days. For one, it’s where Academy Award winners such as Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey have recently focused their talents.</p><p>TV’s resurgence includes getting its very own festival – which kicks off today in Austin.</p><p>Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson founded the <a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/" target="_blank">ATX Television Festival</a>. They talked with KUT about the third annual fest – which they’re calling “Season Three.”<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152808859&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:57:01 +0000 Laura Rice 10538 at http://kut.org 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie http://kut.org/post/halt-and-catch-fire-new-amc-program-focuses-texas-silicon-prairie <p>Texas is the setting of a new AMC show touted as the next “Mad Men.”</p><p>“<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire" target="_blank">Halt and Catch Fire</a>” made its television debut last night. The show follows an unlikely group of computer geniuses in the early 1980's in the so-called "Silicon Prairie."</p><p>KUT talked with the show’s creators – Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers – at a busy downtown Austin restaurant when they <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15228" target="_blank">premiered the program</a> at South by Southwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152037770&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10519 at http://kut.org Halt and Catch Fire: New AMC Program Focuses on Texas' Silicon Prairie Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages http://kut.org/post/where-go-information-road-closures-rain-totals-and-power-outages <p><strong>Update: </strong>A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for much of Central Texas until noon.</p><p><strong>Original Story (5:44 a.m.): </strong>Central Texas is getting some much-needed rain. The numbers and affected areas are changing constantly. So here's a roundup of how to find the latest information for your neighborhood:</p><p><strong>1. Road Closures/Low Water Crossing Closures</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ATXfloods.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><span class="textTagLine" style="line-height: 1.5;">Current flood information and emergency road closures in the City of Austin, Travis County, Sunset Valley and Cedar Park</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Information is automatically updated. Red dots indicate low water crossing closures and the list on the right provides details. Updates are also posted </span><a href="https://twitter.com/ATXfloods" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to Twitter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>2. Rain Totals</strong></p><p>Some parts of Central Texas have received as much as an inch and a half of rain since midnight – including Llano and Elgin. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:55:57 +0000 Laura Rice 10498 at http://kut.org Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages Austin the 'Nation's Capital of Population Growth' in New Census Data http://kut.org/post/austin-nations-capital-population-growth-new-census-data <p>There’s no shortage of news on&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/no-surprise-austin-ranks-among-fastest-growing-metros-again">how rapidly Austin is growing</a>, but a new report puts that expansion in a larger context, dubbing Austin "the nation’s capital for population growth."</p><p><a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb14-89.html">New U.S. Census data</a>&nbsp;shows much of the nation's growth is concentrated in Texas, with Austin at the epicenter. Austin-area cities San Marcos, Georgetown and Cedar Park are all recognized for high percentage growth.</p><p>For the city of Austin, that growth meant 21,000 new residents between 2012 and 2013. State Demographer Lloyd Potter says it doesn't look like that growth will slow down anytime soon.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:54:46 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 10477 at http://kut.org Austin the 'Nation's Capital of Population Growth' in New Census Data