Jennifer Stayton http://kut.org en Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' http://kut.org/post/listen-austin-author-jeff-abbott-ins-and-outs-his-new-thriller-inside-man <p>Good guys and bad guys are always easy to sort out in thrillers, right? Not so fast. In the murky waters of <a href="http://jeffabbott.com/">Jeff Abbott's</a> latest novel <em><a href="http://jeffabbott.com/book/inside-man/">Inside Man</a>,</em> the roles are not always so clear cut or easily defined.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157679753&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, 08 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 10742 at http://kut.org Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/interview-president-jimmy-carter-why-womens-rights-are-civil-rights <p>President Jimmy Carter is <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">one of four U.S. presidents attending</a> the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit at the&nbsp;LBJ&nbsp;Library and Museum</a> in Austin this week.</p><p>President Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981, grew up in Southern Georgia during some of the worst days of Jim Crow. The&nbsp;39th&nbsp;president of the U.S. is also promoting a new book, "Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power," in which he discusses what he calls discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide – what he calls "the most serious and unmet worldwide challenge" of our time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143758254&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:19:09 +0000 Emily Donahue & Jennifer Stayton 10171 at http://kut.org Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights Another Round of Wintry Weather for Central Texas; AISD, UT and Others Delay Start Times http://kut.org/post/another-round-wintry-weather-central-texas-aisd-ut-and-others-delay-start-times <p>A <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=ewx&amp;wwa=winter%20weather%20advisory">winter weather advisory</a> is in effect for Central Texas, including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. A winter weather advisory means periods of freezing rain, sleet, or even snow could cause some travel difficulties. We have about a 40% chance of a light wintry mix of precipitation during the morning. Read more for a list of delayed start times.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 10:46:29 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9759 at http://kut.org Another Round of Wintry Weather for Central Texas; AISD, UT and Others Delay Start Times Winter Weather Advisory Canceled; Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead (Update) http://kut.org/post/winter-weather-advisory-canceled-warmer-drier-weather-ahead-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Rain is expected to continue today through the Austin area but our chances of freezing precipitation have gone down considerably.</p><p>While sleet is still possible, forecasters don’t expect any of that frozen precipitation to accumulate.</p><p>Corey Van Pelt is a meteorologist with the <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1#.UpN5lBAXvNn" target="_blank">National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio</a>. He says the outlook is warmer and drier as the week continues.</p><p>“It looks like by tomorrow afternoon this upper low moves through, so then we’ll get some drier weather behind it. It’ll still be cool though, Wednesday and Thursday mornings we’re expecting temperatures down in the 20's in the morning but then they warm back up into the 50's during the today. And it looks like by next weekend we’re back in the 60's, close to 70.” Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:27:08 +0000 Laura Rice & Jennifer Stayton 9256 at http://kut.org Winter Weather Advisory Canceled; Warmer, Drier Weather Ahead (Update) Interview: The Outgoing 'Voice of NPR' on His Austin Ties http://kut.org/post/interview-outgoing-voice-npr-his-austin-ties <p>You know <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2101277/frank-tavares">Frank Tavares</a>. You just don't know that you know Frank Tavares.</p><p>For over 30 years,&nbsp;Tavares&nbsp;has been the authoritative but friendly voice of those <a href="http://www.npr.org/">NPR</a>&nbsp;underwriting announcements. You know, the ones that say "Support for NPR comes from …"</p><p>Starting this month, Tavares will be stepping away from those duties to make way for a new voice. <a href="http://www.sabrinafarhi.com/">Sabrina Farhi</a>, the new voice of NPR underwriting, will be based at the group's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tavares lives and teaches in Connecticut, and records the announcements remotely.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119809236" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:49:28 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9166 at http://kut.org Interview: The Outgoing 'Voice of NPR' on His Austin Ties The Life of the Civic Party: Austin-Based Institute Works to Get People More Involved http://kut.org/post/life-civic-party-austin-based-institute-works-get-people-more-involved <p>Voting in elections. Volunteering. Calling up elected officials. All ways to be civically involved. All things that Texans don't exactly do in large numbers.</p><p>A study earlier this year by the <a href="http://moody.utexas.edu/strauss">Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life</a> at the University of Texas at Austin found Texas ranks near the bottom on almost every aspect of civic engagement. The state's civic health is bad. The Institute is gathering people together Saturday, Nov. 9, to try to come up with some good medicine.</p><p>Institute Director Regina Lawrence talked with KUT's Jennifer Stayton before the conference about how to best get people off the civic sidelines and into the game:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119034569" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:59:35 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9135 at http://kut.org The Life of the Civic Party: Austin-Based Institute Works to Get People More Involved Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism http://kut.org/post/why-supermans-origins-may-be-steeped-judaism <p>It's a bird&nbsp;…&nbsp;it's a plane …&nbsp;it's …&nbsp;you guessed it: Superman.</p><p>The high-flying Son of Krypton has been been a cultural force for 75 years and, while&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">he's graced the panels of comic books and the silver screen, his humble beginnings and evolution over the years have reflected</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> changing political and cultural tides, says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Superman biographer&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.larrytye.com/" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Larry&nbsp;Tye</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118717417" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:59:57 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9095 at http://kut.org Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life? http://kut.org/post/interview-can-working-musicians-still-lead-sustainable-life <p>A little about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.garypowell.com/">Gary Powell</a>: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That&#39;s a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says &quot;money is good.&quot; And he is committed to helping his students at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.music.utexas.edu/">University of Texas&#39; Butler School of Music</a>&nbsp;find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.</p><p>A Grammy-winner who&rsquo;s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children&#39;s artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hellojoe.com/">Joe Scruggs</a>, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a &quot;sustainable&quot; career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114252718" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:18:11 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8874 at http://kut.org Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life? Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz http://kut.org/post/interview-texas-tribunes-evan-smith-talks-ted-cruz <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112450387" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>After 21 hours of talking - whether it was an official filibuster or not is still up for debate - Republican U.S.&nbsp;Senator Ted Cruz of Texas <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare">departed the Senate floor</a> Wednesday.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8782 at http://kut.org Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz The Fight to Make Austin the State Capitol - And Keep It That Way http://kut.org/post/fight-make-austin-state-capitol-and-keep-it-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106685619" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Hard to imagine a city other than Austin as the capital of Texas, right? According to Austin author and historian (and doctor) <a href="http://www.jeffreyskerr.com/">Jeff Kerr</a>, Austin's status as the capital city – &nbsp;and just a city at all – was in peril several times after Texas declared its independence in 1836.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:02:07 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8525 at http://kut.org The Fight to Make Austin the State Capitol - And Keep It That Way Central Texas Under Flash Flood Watch Through Tuesday Morning http://kut.org/post/central-texas-under-flash-flood-watch-through-tuesday-morning <p>Much of Central Texas, including Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties, is under a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Flash+Flood+Watch#.UePhKfXjWUk">flash flood watch through Tuesday morning</a>. A flash flood watch means flash flooding is possible in or near the watch area.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> says parts of Central Texas can expect between an inch and three inches of rain during the watch period. But isolated patches of up to five inches of rain are not out of the question.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:23:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8358 at http://kut.org Central Texas Under Flash Flood Watch Through Tuesday Morning Walter Cronkite's Grandson Talks About the Newsman’s World War II Letters Home http://kut.org/post/walter-cronkites-grandson-talks-about-newsman-s-world-war-ii-letters-home <p></p><p><em>“Another day, and another dollar or two. This is a gloomy day with the skies unable to make up their minds about the whole thing. They look like they’re constipated with rain, but nothing happens. I know how they feel.”</em></p><p>So wrote journalist&nbsp;<a href="http://cronkite.asu.edu/walter/waltercronkite.php">Walter&nbsp;Cronkite</a>&nbsp;in one of the hundreds of letters he wrote home to his wife, Betsy, while he was working overseas as a war correspondent during World War II.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8277 at http://kut.org Walter Cronkite's Grandson Talks About the Newsman’s World War II Letters Home Listen: Neal Conan Reminisces as NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' Leaves the Airwaves http://kut.org/post/listen-neal-conan-reminisces-nprs-talk-nation-leaves-airwaves <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/people/2100380/neal-conan">Neal Conan</a>&nbsp;has been hosting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/">National Public Radio's</a>&nbsp;weekday afternoon call-in show&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/talk-of-the-nation/">"Talk of the Nation"</a>&nbsp;since 2001. The 63-year-old journalist has been with NPR for over 30 years. He said one of the reasons he took the hosting job was because he figured after all those years, nothing could happen in a radio studio that would surprise him.</p><p>He was wrong.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:42:08 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8230 at http://kut.org Listen: Neal Conan Reminisces as NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' Leaves the Airwaves Report: Dead Last in Voter Turnout, Texas Civic Health is 'Anemic' http://kut.org/post/report-dead-last-voter-turnout-texas-civic-health-anemic <p>A doctor who wants to determine a patient's health will gather all kinds of data - temperature, blood pressure, pulse, weight, blood test results, and the like - to come up with an overall picture of how the patient is doing.</p><p><a href="http://communication.utexas.edu/strauss">The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin</a> kind of did the same thing to determine the civic health of Texas. Bad news: this patient's not in good shape.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7968 at http://kut.org Report: Dead Last in Voter Turnout, Texas Civic Health is 'Anemic' Cat Daddy Brings His "Cat Mojo" to Austin http://kut.org/post/cat-daddy-brings-his-cat-mojo-austin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everybody who has a cat, or knows someone who has a cat, has some version of "Cats Behaving Badly." Cats who pee around the house, cats who vomit anywhere and everywhere or cats who claw and scratch their way out of our hearts and perhaps our houses. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But why do cats do that?</span></p><p>Some say that's just cats being cats. <a href="http://jacksongalaxy.com/">Jackson Galaxy</a> doesn't believe that. Galaxy has made a career out of being a cat "whisperer" and a cat "behaviorist." He's not really sure what to call his job, but he is sure he has a special connection to cats and can help humans and cats love more and claw less. Mon, 27 May 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7888 at http://kut.org Cat Daddy Brings His "Cat Mojo" to Austin Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Central Texas Until 6:00 p.m. Saturday http://kut.org/post/flash-flood-watch-effect-central-texas-until-600-pm-saturday <p>UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/?wfo=ewx&amp;lat=29.8566&amp;lon=-97.6245&amp;pil=EWXFFWEWX&amp;iss=1369500660&amp;etn=0017&amp;maptype=text">Flash Flood Warning</a> for Western Caldwell, Hays, and South Central Travis counties until 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A Flash Flood Warning means that flash flooding is already happening or highly likely in the warning area.</p><p></p> Sat, 25 May 2013 15:27:37 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7877 at http://kut.org Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Central Texas Until 6:00 p.m. Saturday Listen: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Trailblazing Texas Women http://kut.org/post/listen-sen-kay-bailey-hutchison-trailblazing-texas-women <p>You think moving a piano is a pain now: Try doing it over rough terrain ... with no moving van.</p><p>Some of the women who came with their families to Texas in the early days of the 1800's insisted on bringing their pianos with them. While many of these women came from more genteel Southern backgrounds, the rough and rugged environment in Texas did nothing to dampen their spirits or enthusiasm.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 7839 at http://kut.org Listen: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Trailblazing Texas Women 'Listen to Your Mother Austin:' Heartwarming Stories from Central Texas Mothers http://kut.org/post/listen-your-mother-austin-heartwarming-stories-central-texas-mothers <p>Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Mother's Day is Sunday, and&nbsp; a group of Austin writers and storytellers is taking to the stage this week with their personal stories of motherhood, mothering, and being mothered.</p><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7663 at http://kut.org 'Listen to Your Mother Austin:' Heartwarming Stories from Central Texas Mothers Dallas Exonerees Fight for Freedom for Others http://kut.org/post/dallas-exonerees-fight-freedom-others <p>You might be familiar with the case of <a href="http://kut.org/2012/03/exonerated-michael-morton-youre-supposed-to-forgive/">Michael Morton</a>. He's the Georgetown, Texas man who spent more than 20 years in prison for killing his wife. But he didn't do it. And it was DNA testing that eventually freed him.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 7342 at http://kut.org Dallas Exonerees Fight for Freedom for Others Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence http://kut.org/post/austin-author-explores-history-impact-juarez-drug-violence <p><a href="http://ricardoainslie.com/">Ricardo Ainslie</a> says the Mexican border city of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Ju%C3%A1rez">Juarez</a> used to be kind of like the state of Texas - with a strong, independent spirit.</p><p>But he says the violence of the drug cartels and the government's war hit just about everyone who lives there, and left the city vulnerable and paranoid. Eleven thousand people were killed in Juarez between January of 2008 and December of 2012.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 7317 at http://kut.org Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence