Emily Donahue http://kut.org en The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November http://kut.org/post/pollsters-are-coming-what-means-texas-voters-november <p>In the Texas Tribune today, Aman Batheja r<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/23/media-consortium-plans-more-exit-polling-in-texas/">eports on a significant change</a> that has researchers and politicos drooling: Exit polls are returning to Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Batheja</span>&nbsp;writes:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, with a high-profile gubernatorial race on the November ballot, the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.edisonresearch.com/election-research-services/exit-polling-faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-nep-exit-poll#.U87gWYBdWOU" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Election Pool</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to conduct more robust exit polling in Texas this year, giving&nbsp;researchers and political analysts the means to better examine the outcome.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160000054&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 10851 at http://kut.org The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders http://kut.org/post/tomlinson-hill-book-explores-family-history-slaves-and-slaveholders <p>Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomlinson_Hill,_Texas">Tomlinson Hill&nbsp;</a>is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.</p><p>Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy –&nbsp;so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.</p><p>It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson&nbsp;decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book,&nbsp;"<a href="http://tomlinsonhill.com/the-book/">Tomlinson Hill</a>."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159845849&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 21:31:23 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 10836 at http://kut.org Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders Downed Malaysian Jetliner: Does Russia Bear Ultimate Responsibility? http://kut.org/post/downed-malaysian-jetliner-does-russia-bear-ultimate-responsibility <p>Both pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government forces are denying any responsibility for <a href="http://kut.org/post/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-plane-over-ukraine">downing the Malaysia Airlines jetliner</a> carrying 295 passengers and crew. Multiple reports state the Boeing 777, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, appeared to have broken up before impact, with the burning wreckage scattered over a wide area. All passengers are believed to have died.&nbsp;</p><p>At a press event in Delaware, President&nbsp;Obama said he&nbsp;has directed national security advisors to stay close contact with the Ukrainian government. Reuters reports that just yesterday, the U.S. administration&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/17/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSKBN0FM0L520140717">tightened&nbsp;its sanctions&nbsp;against Russia</a> over the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, Ukraine claimed that Russian had downed one of its war planes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159145210&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> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:02 +0000 Emily Donahue 10807 at http://kut.org Downed Malaysian Jetliner: Does Russia Bear Ultimate Responsibility? Austin Author Meg Gardiner Thrills with 'Phantom Instinct' http://kut.org/post/austin-author-meg-gardiner-thrills-phantom-instinct <p style="font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 19.09090805053711px;">Imagine there was a disaster. You were there. But you saw something no one else saw—something that would change everyone else's mind about what <em>really</em> happened. That is, if they believed you. Now, imagine there's another person who saw exactly what you saw. But no one believes him either. What would you do?</p><p style="font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 19.09090805053711px;">Austin author Meg Gardiner's new book, <a href="http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Review+Gardiners+Phantom+Instinct+summers+mustread/9988523/story.html">Phantom Instinct</a>, pursues that question through 356 action-packed pages. She spoke to the <a href="http://www.texasstandard.org">Texas Standard's</a> <a href="http://kut.org/people/emily-donahue">Emily Donahue</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157167530&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> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:54:51 +0000 Emily Donahue 10729 at http://kut.org Austin Author Meg Gardiner Thrills with 'Phantom Instinct' Author Graeme Simsion on Asperger's, 'The Rosie Project' and Its Sequel http://kut.org/post/author-graeme-simsion-aspergers-rosie-project-and-its-sequel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you read fiction, and you don’t know about &nbsp;"</span><a href="http://books.simonandschuster.com/Rosie-Project/Graeme-Simsion/9781476729091" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rosie Project</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," you’re missing something. The book was a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/books/review/graeme-simsions-rosie-project.html?_r=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">breakout hit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;all over the world, raking in reviews ranging from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/05/rosie-project-graeme-simsion-review" style="line-height: 1.5;">merely exuberant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to down right&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16181775-the-rosie-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">delirious</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;So what’s all the fuss about?</span></p><p>"The Rosie Project" is a flat-out fun read by an author who appears to have a lot of different interests dosed with a healthy sense of humor. But b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">elieve it or not, the book started out as high drama.</span></p><p>"This is the story of Don Tillman," author Graeme&nbsp;Simsion&nbsp;tells The Texas Standard's Emily Donahue.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155996598&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> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:57:37 +0000 Emily Donahue 10677 at http://kut.org Author Graeme Simsion on Asperger's, 'The Rosie Project' and Its Sequel Texas Oil Industry Keeps Wary Eye On ISIS http://kut.org/post/texas-oil-industry-keeps-wary-eye-isis <p>While the crisis in Iraq is half a world away, it’s impact can be felt here in the U.S. &nbsp;The rapidly destabilizing region is a base for <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/expats-iraq-evacuated-companies-governments-isis-moves-south-1604552">major Texas oil companies</a>,&nbsp;some of whom have had to evacuate the increasingly hostile environment. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:54:43 +0000 David Brown, Emily Donahue & Alain Stephens 10649 at http://kut.org Texas Oil Industry Keeps Wary Eye On ISIS Author Cristina Henriquez Shares Her 'Book of Unknown Americans' http://kut.org/post/author-cristina-henriquez-shares-her-book-unknown-americans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People across the nation – especially here in Texas – have been riveted this past month by the crisis unfolding at the border as </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-volunteers-turn-out-aid-migrant-children" style="line-height: 1.5;">thousands of children arrive on their own</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. So desperate to flee their home countries in Latin America, children set off on a perilous journey, unsure of how they’ll be received once they get here.</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:04:52 +0000 Emily Donahue 10633 at http://kut.org Author Cristina Henriquez Shares Her 'Book of Unknown Americans' Joel Dicker Shares 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' http://kut.org/post/joel-dicker-shares-truth-about-harry-quebert-affair <p>Joel Dicker is the author of the international bestseller, "The Truth About the Harry&nbsp;Quebert&nbsp;Affair." The 28-year-old author seems – on the surface – to have a lot in common with his protagonist.&nbsp;</p><p>Dicker's novel is a blockbuster, first in Europe and now in the U.S. The same's true with the hero of his book, Marcus Goldman. But in the book, Goldman finds himself wrapped up in several layers of self-angst and mystery, at the center of which are 1) a murder and 2) his mentor.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154650103&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> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10616 at http://kut.org Joel Dicker Shares 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair' 'All The Way' Playwright Robert Schenkkan Wins Tony for Play on LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austinite, Texas Ex and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan won a Tony Award last night for his play "All the Way."</p><p>The play stars Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Cranston also won a Tony for his performance. <a href="http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination" target="_blank">KUT spoke with Cranston</a> about the role last November.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(Nov. 21, 2013): Amid all the talk of JFK as we approach the&nbsp;50th anniversary of his death, one could make the case that as tragic as the Kennedy assassination was, the accidental presidency of Kennedy's successor – Lyndon Baines Johnson – was far more consequential in reshaping the landscape of the United States.</p><p>Pulitzer Prize-winning&nbsp;playwright <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Schenkkan">Robert Schenkkan</a> takes it even further in his new drama "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MzbhJAwHTo">All The Way</a>." Actor Bryan Cranston of "<a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad">Breaking&nbsp;Bad</a>" fame plays LBJ – from the moment of his swearing in aboard Air Force One in 1963, to the passage of the <a href="http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/history/CivilRightsAct.cfm">Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.</p><p>Robert Schenkkan came to KUT's&nbsp;Newsmaker studio and spoke with David Brown.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120312494" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:47:37 +0000 Emily Donahue 9198 at http://kut.org 'All The Way' Playwright Robert Schenkkan Wins Tony for Play on LBJ's Legacy Austin Favorite Sarah Bird's New Novel Travels New - and Old - Ground http://kut.org/post/austin-favorite-sarah-birds-new-novel-travels-new-and-old-ground <p>Austin novelist Sarah Bird has been <a href="http://sarahbirdbooks.com/about/">writing for a while</a>. Long enough to become <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2011/poll:readers/category:media/sarah-bird-best-local-author-poet/">beloved in Austin</a> and build a loyal following for her fun, easy stories with an Austin flair. But this month, Sarah Bird's about to ruin her reputation. Her new novel, <a href="http://sarahbirdbooks.com/">Above the East China Sea</a>&nbsp;looks at life from a completely different perspective.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:10:28 +0000 Emily Donahue 10506 at http://kut.org Austin Favorite Sarah Bird's New Novel Travels New - and Old - Ground Here Are Five Page-Turners for Summer Reading Season http://kut.org/post/here-are-five-page-turners-summer-reading-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend not only kicks of the summer vacation and travel season. It also kicks off the summer&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">reading</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season. So The Texas Standard reached out to the mavens of manuscripts at the </span><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirkus&nbsp;Reviews.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor-in-chief Clay Smith sat down with David Brown to discuss some of the best books available this season. Smith's picks for summer reading with a punch include:</span></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/with-natchez-burning-greg-iles-is-back-better-than-ever/2014/05/01/6de64da4-c023-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html">Natchez Burning</a></strong> by Greg Isles. "Greg Isles is a guy who has been publishing thrillers for a while and he was on a routing publishing schedule, you know, year after year ... He had a car crash and was induced into a coma recently and so this is his first thriller in five years. And it deals with all that southern stuff. You know, race, long held secrets, society and readers are loving it. It is hard to put down."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150754055&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:13:01 +0000 Emily Donahue 10475 at http://kut.org Here Are Five Page-Turners for Summer Reading Season Unaccompanied Migrant Children Are Being Held at Texas' Lackland Air Base http://kut.org/post/unaccompanied-migrant-children-are-being-held-texas-lackland-air-base <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In recent years,&nbsp;tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors&nbsp;have tried to make their way into the U.S. from the southern border&nbsp;only to be apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol&nbsp;and immigrations officials. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, </span><a href="http://www.jbsa.af.mil" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lackland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.jbsa.af.mil">&nbsp;Air Force Base</a> in south Texas is being pressed into action as a makeshift holding center for as many as 1,000 unaccompanied undocumented children.</span></p><p><a href="http://womensrefugeecommission.org/about/staff/173-migrant-rights-justice/1953-jennifer-podkul">Jennifer Podkul</a> works with&nbsp;the Women's Refugee Commission on issues associated with&nbsp;unaccompanied minors in detention.&nbsp;In a conversation with Texas Standard host David Brown, Podkul compared detention conditions to a refugee camp.&nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150636070&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:34:01 +0000 Emily Donahue 10470 at http://kut.org Unaccompanied Migrant Children Are Being Held at Texas' Lackland Air Base The International NBA: How Hiring Outside the Box Builds Better Teams http://kut.org/post/international-nba-how-hiring-outside-box-builds-better-teams <p>The San Antonio Spurs face the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game Two of the NBA's Western Conference playoff.</p><p>While the game's on the Spurs' home court in the AT&amp;T Center in San Antonio, several Spurs players don't hail from San Antonio&nbsp;– or Texas –&nbsp;or even the United&nbsp;States for that matter. In fact, the Spurs are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_foreign_NBA_players">the most international team&nbsp;</a>in the NBA.</p><p>Other teams are on their way. In the 2013 NBA draft, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_NBA_draft">the number one pick</a>&nbsp;was a Canadian. This year,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/cavaliers-win-no-1-pick-in-nba-draft-for-second-straight-year/article18770376/">the number one pick&nbsp;</a>may well be another Canadian.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150632248&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:20:20 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10468 at http://kut.org The International NBA: How Hiring Outside the Box Builds Better Teams Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Country Losing African-Americans http://kut.org/post/austins-only-fast-growing-city-country-losing-african-americans <p>The overall Austin population exploded between 2000 and 2010, growing by more than 20 percent. But <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/iupra/_files/pdf/Austin%20AA%20pop%20policy%20brief_FINAL.pdf">a University of Texas study [PDF]</a>&nbsp;finds that Austin was the only U.S. city experiencing double-digit population growth that saw its African-American population not only not keep pace, but actually decline.</p><div>"Among the ten fastest-growing major cities in the United States, Austin stood&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out in one crucial respect: it was the only such city that suffered a net loss in its African-&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American population," says s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tudy author&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/aads/faculty/et5689" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Eric Tang</a>. "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indeed, between 2000 and 2010, Austin was a statistical outlier; it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was the only major city in the United States to experience a double-digit rate of general&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">population growth coincident with African-American population decline."</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149864244&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:44:18 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 10436 at http://kut.org Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Country Losing African-Americans Author Robert Bryce: Why Thinking Smaller Will Bring the Future Faster http://kut.org/post/author-robert-bryce-why-thinking-smaller-will-bring-future-faster <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do transistors, lithium&nbsp;batteries and </span>AK-47s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have in common?</span></p><p>Each one of those inventions fast-forwarded human history. They and many more, argues Austin-based author Robert Bryce, are examples of a trend in nature and society toward making things, faster, cheaper and – Bryce argues –&nbsp;<em>better</em>.</p><p>Bryce's new book is called&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Smaller-Faster-Lighter-Denser-Cheaper/dp/1610392051">Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the&nbsp;Catastrophists&nbsp;Wrong</a>." He spoke to Texas Standard host David Brown.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149547378&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:19:25 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10420 at http://kut.org Author Robert Bryce: Why Thinking Smaller Will Bring the Future Faster 'Orange Aardvark' is a Colorful Book For Kids http://kut.org/post/orange-aardvark-colorful-book-kids <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Its-Orange-Aardvark-Michael-Hall/dp/0062252062" style="line-height: 1.5;">"It's an Orange Aardvark!"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the new book from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/36209/Michael_Hall/index.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a short book, so we don't want to give anything away. But we can tell you it involves carpenter ants, a lot of holes and a hilarious payoff. </span><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michael-hall/its-an-orange-aardvark/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirkus Reviews</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> calls the book “suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun.”</span></p><p>The Texas Standard spoke to Hall on the phone, on a lunch break between school visits. "I enjoy the school appearances," Hall said. "The kids are so attentive and curious. They're just great audiences and it's a lot of fun."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:47:14 +0000 Emily Donahue 10339 at http://kut.org 'Orange Aardvark' is a Colorful Book For Kids Elizabeth Crook's 'Monday Monday' Revisits UT's Infamous Tower Shooting http://kut.org/post/elizabeth-crooks-monday-monday-revisits-uts-infamous-tower-shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are few incidents in Texas history as compelling as the </span><a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/topics/ut-tower-shooting" style="line-height: 1.5;">UT Tower shooting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On August 1, 1966, a UT student and ex-marine named Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the UT Tower and opened fire on the pedestrians below. 16 people were killed. Dozens were injured. It was the first mass shooting on a US college campus. And it changed many lives.</span></p><p>Austin novelist Elizabeth Crook has used the events of that day to craft a vivid and emotional novel, "<a href="http://www.elizabethcrookbooks.com/">Monday, Monday</a>." She told KUT's Emily Donahue that she felt some qualms about her subject matter. She began writing in 2006. And as she wrote, several school shootings occurred, from <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2012/12/sandy_hook_a_chart_of_all_196_fatal_school_shootings_since_1980_map.html">Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146884048&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:59:17 +0000 Emily Donahue 10310 at http://kut.org Elizabeth Crook's 'Monday Monday' Revisits UT's Infamous Tower Shooting Could Europe Put a Stop to the Death Penalty in Texas? http://kut.org/post/could-europe-put-stop-death-penalty-texas <p>This week, Oklahoma's Supreme Court <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/stay-cancels-oklahoma-death-row-inmates-execution-23427309">stopped the executions</a>&nbsp;of two convicted murderers. At issue: where the state gets its execution drugs. The state does not want to reveal its source. &nbsp;</p><p>Texas also has long kept its lethal drug suppliers secret, although Attorney General Greg Abbott&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/statesman/posts/366329253416649?comment_id=4005104&amp;offset=0&amp;total_comments=3">recently issued an opinion</a>&nbsp;stating it's time to go public. &nbsp;But as death penalty opponents increase the pressure to expose suppliers and to disrupt the supply of the drug, some states are reviewing their options on capital punishment.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146116983&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:53:15 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10285 at http://kut.org Could Europe Put a Stop to the Death Penalty in Texas? On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? http://kut.org/post/bards-birthday-who-wrote-it-shakespeare-or-rapper <p>It's happened to all of us: just when you're ready to deliver the perfect rebuttal, &nbsp;last word or final point, your tongue trips up and you slaughter your English.</p><p>Don't fret about it, says author Ammon Shea. The man who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/02iht-idbriefs2C.14946374.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;is taking on grammarians and nitpickers alike.</p><p>Shea's new book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bad-English-History-Linguistic-Aggravation/dp/0399165576">Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation</a>" (out this June) is an eye-opening look at how language mistakes have become accepted as correct usage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146123452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:22:37 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10286 at http://kut.org On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The follow-up to </span><a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth Strout’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2009/0420/olive-kitteridge-takes-2009-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulitzer Prize winning novel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Olive </a></span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kitteridge</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spent weeks atop the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and months making the rounds of book-circles. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Strout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited with the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard's&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily Donahue&nbsp;to talk about her book. Listen to their conversation in the audio player below.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144868719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys'