Arthur DeVitalis http://kut.org en Austin Reddit Helps a Hospitalized 10-Year-Old Have a Happy Halloween http://kut.org/post/austin-reddit-helps-hospitalized-10-year-old-have-happy-halloween <p>An Austin mother sent out a call for help Monday night – although she was already at the hospital with her son.</p><p>Laura Wilson-Swanson had taken her 10-year-old Gabe into Dell Children’s Hospital earlier in the week. Laura says he’s affected by an autoimmune disease called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PANDAS">PANDAS</a> that can lead to seizure-like episodes.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:33:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Arthur DeVitalis 9066 at http://kut.org Austin Reddit Helps a Hospitalized 10-Year-Old Have a Happy Halloween Extroverts, Come to Texas! New Study Maps Moods, State by State http://kut.org/post/extroverts-come-texas-new-study-maps-moods-state-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Feeling moody lately? Depressed even?</span></p><p>Maybe it’s your job. Maybe it’s the weather. Or maybe it’s the state you live in.</p><p>Acting on over a decade’s worth of surveys, a team of researchers have charted relative moodiness state by state across America.</p><p>The study measured personality traits, including the so-called <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits">big five personality traits</a> test: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism, or OCEAN. So how does Texas measure?</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:09:46 +0000 Arthur DeVitalis 9058 at http://kut.org Extroverts, Come to Texas! New Study Maps Moods, State by State A Clash of Americas: Dan Balz' 'Collision 2012' http://kut.org/post/clash-americas-dan-balz-collision-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Remembering the 2012 presidential election brings a slew of bipartisan memories&nbsp;</span>– f<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">rom Mitt Romney’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slFZ8K2aBoY" style="line-height: 1.5; ">“47 percent” remarks</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9168053/Barack-Obama-caught-hinting-at-concessions-to-Dmitry-Medvedev.html" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Obama’s pre-election c</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">omment&nbsp;to Russian president&nbsp;</span>Dimitri<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;Medvedev that he would deal with the EU’s missile defense system after his would-be election. Dan&nbsp;</span>Balz’<span style="line-height: 1.5; "> chronicled the election and spoke first-hand with candidates for his&nbsp;latest book, "</span><a href="http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-27/politics/40859333_1_craig-romney-tagg-romney-mitt-romney" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">."&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The book’s title reflects the clash between Democrats and Republicans&nbsp;</span>– and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">between the 2008 election and the cutthroat 2012 Republican primary.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116843309" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 David Brown & Arthur DeVitalis 9003 at http://kut.org A Clash of Americas: Dan Balz' 'Collision 2012' How Austin City Limits Food Vendors Responded to Rain and Flood Damage http://kut.org/post/how-austin-city-limits-food-vendors-responded-rain-and-flood-damage <p>When Sunday of this year&rsquo;s Austin City Limits Music Festival&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/10/14/acl-rain-cancellation">was canceled</a>,&nbsp;concert promoters were <a href="https://twitter.com/odam/status/389585612086321153">widely</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TheFlyFishChick/status/389707941181280256">congratulated</a> for finding alternate venues for many of the day&rsquo;s headliners.</p><p>But what about another collection of festival talent: the food vendors that kept crowds fed?</p><p>While Sunday headliners Atoms for Peace <a href="http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/austin-music-source/2013/oct/14/scene-report-atoms-peace-and-fomo-super-bowl/">rocked a capacity crowd</a> after a last-minute rescheduling &ndash; and Lionel Richie played for <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/creative/2013/10/exclusive-for-some-acl-fest-rainout.html?page=all">a lucky, select few</a> &ndash; there were no rebookings for the nearly 40 food vendors at <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/2013-vendors/food/">ACL&rsquo;s Austin Eats</a> food court. Instead, vendors were left to rely on their wits alone to salvage such a potentially devastating blow.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:53:25 +0000 Arthur DeVitalis 8930 at http://kut.org How Austin City Limits Food Vendors Responded to Rain and Flood Damage