Texas Book Festival 2013 http://kut.org en 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly http://kut.org/post/dallas-noir-explores-citys-alluring-shimmer-and-seedy-underbelly <p>While Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurty <a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/horsemen-goodbye/page/0/1">described Dallas in <em>Texas Monthly</em></a> as “a second-rate city that wishes it were first-rate,” literary agent and editor David Hale Smith prefers a different description. This one’s found in the lines of Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s song “<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbnjPdr9EmY">Dallas</a>:"</p><p><em>Dallas is a rich man with a death wish in his eyes</em></p><p><em>A steel and concrete soul in a warm-hearted love disguise.</em></p><p>“It’s one of the great lyrics of all time. The song is a poem, but it really nails Dallas, and of course nails the essence of this book we put together,”&nbsp;Smith says. He&nbsp;sat down with&nbsp;KUT's&nbsp;David Brown to discuss that new book, “<a href="http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/dallas-noir/">Dallas Noir</a>."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121066825" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:57:16 +0000 David Brown 8840 at http://kut.org 'Dallas Noir' Explores the City's Alluring Shimmer and Seedy Underbelly Interview: The Political Climate in Dallas Leading to JFK’s Assassination http://kut.org/post/interview-political-climate-dallas-leading-jfk-s-assassination <p>Walter Cronkite’s announcement of JFK’s assassination. The televised shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. The Zapruder film. The Warren Commission.</p><p>In that avalanche of history, a new book suggests we’ve lost sight of something important: specifically, the seedbed for the most momentous political tragedy of 20th century America.</p><p>It’s the story of "Dallas, 1963." That’s <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17333436-dallas-1963">the title of a new book</a> by <a href="http://stevenldavis.org/">Stephen L. Davis</a> and <a href="http://www.billminutaglio.com/">Bill Minutaglio</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Minutaglio talks with KUT’s David Brown about why he describes the book as a “biography of a city,” and what lessons may have been overlooked by history. &nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F111144424" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:28:32 +0000 David Brown 8730 at http://kut.org Interview: The Political Climate in Dallas Leading to JFK’s Assassination Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations http://kut.org/post/weekend-festival-road-closures-and-free-parking-locations <p>It’s festival season, y’all – and with autumn weather cooling the city, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a good book, film, or concert.</p><p>There are a number of exciting events this weekend, including the <a href="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/">Texas Book Festival</a>, the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/aff/live/">Austin Film Festival</a>, a <a href="http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/halloween-childrens-concert-2013/">Halloween Children's Concert </a>by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the <a href="http://www.gazellefoundation.com/runforthewater/">Run for the Water 5K and 10-mile race</a>, and the <a href="http://love-a-bull.org/news/events/about-this-years-event/">5th Annual Pittie Pride parade and festival</a> ("pittie" is apparently short for pitbull dogs).</p><p>While this means that this weekend will be a great opportunity to pack up the family and head out for some quality fun, it also means that thousands of people will be pouring into the city. You can expect ample road closures in and around the Capitol and Congress Avenue area. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Emily Mathis 9016 at http://kut.org Weekend Festival Road Closures and Free Parking Locations 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' Donna DeCesare's Unsettling Portraits of Children of War http://kut.org/post/donna-decesares-unsettling-portraits-children-war <p><strong>Update: </strong>Donna DeCesare is one of four gold medal winners of the 2013 Maria Moors Cabot prize, awarded by the Columbia Journalism School for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Cabot Prize honors journalists who have covered the Western Hemisphere and, through their reporting and editorial work, have furthered inter-American understanding,” <a href="http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/1026-cabot-prizes-current-winners/852">reads a statement</a> on the journalism school’s website.</p><p>You can <a href="http://www.destinyschildren.org/en">see more of DeCesare’s work on her website</a>.</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:07:30 +0000 Emily Donahue & Emily Donahue 7282 at http://kut.org Donna DeCesare's Unsettling Portraits of Children of War Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/best-selling-authors-top-2013-texas-book-festival-lineup <p><a href="http://texasbookfestival.org/index.php" target="_blank">The Texas Book Festival</a> has revealed its 2013 lineup. Headliners include three writers who currently sit on the <em>New York Times</em> best seller list: Reza Aslan (<em>Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth</em>), Mark Leibovich (<em>This Town</em>), and Scott Anderson (<em>Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East</em>).</p><p>Other big names include:</p><ul><li>Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson – <em>Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas</em></li><li>Lawrence Wright – <em>Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief</em></li><li>R.L. Stine – <em>A Midsummer Night's Scream</em> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:38:20 +0000 Emily Mathis 8649 at http://kut.org Best Selling Authors Top 2013 Texas Book Festival Lineup Interview: The White House Photographer Inside the Bush Presidency on Sept. 11 http://kut.org/post/interview-white-house-photographer-inside-bush-presidency-sept-11 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F109752635" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On Sept. 11, 2001, Eric Draper presumed the morning trip to Florida would be a routine affair. Or, at least as routine as anything ever can be when you’re traveling with the President of the United States.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 David Brown 8646 at http://kut.org Interview: The White House Photographer Inside the Bush Presidency on Sept. 11 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 Agenda Texas: A Written Defense of the 'Texas Miracle' http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-written-defense-texas-miracle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89170264" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It’s been called the Texas Miracle: Hundreds of thousands of jobs added, millions of people and thousands of companies moving here from other states.</p><p>But that sense of pride&nbsp;inside Texas isn’t shared outside the state. Critics say the majority of jobs created don’t pay well and the state’s low tax-low service model has led to crumbling schools, inadequate roads and a water crisis.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott & Ben Philpott 7461 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: A Written Defense of the 'Texas Miracle' 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 Former Austinite's Memoir Not Your Usual Mother-Daughter Story http://kut.org/post/former-austinites-memoir-not-your-usual-mother-daughter-story <p><a href="http://www.domenicaruta.com/">Domenica Ruta</a> had a childhood some kids would envy- ice cream for breakfast; shopping trips and movies instead of school sometimes; no real rules at home. But for every dream moment like those, there were the nightmares, too - a drug addicted mother; the constant threat of violence; and the joking encouragement to become a teen mother.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 6850 at http://kut.org Former Austinite's Memoir Not Your Usual Mother-Daughter Story UT Journalist Searches for the Story Behind 'The Searchers' http://kut.org/post/ut-journalist-searches-story-behind-searchers <p>It's John Wayne at his&nbsp;John-Waynest. In the film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049730/">The Searchers</a>," Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, who relentlessly pursues his niece Debbie after her abduction by Comanche Indians in Texas.&nbsp; The film's story is based in the life of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpa18">Cynthia Ann Parker</a>, a nine-year-old girl kidnapped by&nbsp;Comanches&nbsp;from her family's East Texas settlement in 1836. End of story, right? Wrong.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 6747 at http://kut.org UT Journalist Searches for the Story Behind 'The Searchers' Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology http://kut.org/post/listen-austin-author-lawrence-wright-going-clear-his-controversial-book-scientology <div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-wrapper" contenteditable="false"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio" contenteditable="false" description="KUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright about his latest book &quot;Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.&quot; " fid="7317" uri="npraudio://201301/Q&amp;A_Stayton_Wright.mp3"><div class="audio-player-wrapper"><div class="pi_assets-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="pi_assets-audio-text">Audio File</div></div><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-description">KUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:09:31 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 6367 at http://kut.org Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology Map: Events Close Roads This Weekend http://kut.org/post/map-events-close-roads-weekend <p>Several events are taking place around downtown Austin this weekend. That means road closures and detours for drivers.</p><p>Below is a list of events causing closures:</p><p><u>All Weekend</u></p><ul><li>The <a href="http://www.texasbookfestival.org/">Texas Book Festival</a> is back! But, along with all the books come lane closures around the Texas State Capitol. There will be both full and partial lane closures stretching north and south from 9th to 13th streets, and east to west from Lavaca Street to San Jacinto Boulevard starting Thursday at 9 a.m. and ending Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (<a href="https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Transportation/Special_Events/Map_Site_TexasBookFest_0626112.pdf">Map</a>)</li><li><a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/page/halloween-safety" target="_blank">Happy Halloween Weekend!</a> Expect some traffic delays as costumed revellers celebrate. Temporary road closures will begin on Saturday at 6 p.m. and last through 3 a.m. East 6th Street from Brazos Street to San Marcos Street will be shut down. IH-35 north and south bound exits for 6th Street and 8th Street will also be closed. For a complete list of road closures, click <a href="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1" target="_blank">here.</a> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:39:44 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh & Tyler Pratt 5452 at http://kut.org Map: Events Close Roads This Weekend Headliners Announced for 2012 Texas Book Festival http://kut.org/post/headliners-announced-2012-texas-book-festival <p>First Lady Laura Bush announced the lineup for the 2012 Texas Book Festival this morning. This year’s festival will feature Cheryl Strayed, Tony Danza, <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com" target="_blank">Robert Caro,</a> Junot Díaz, Jewel, Jeffrey Toobin, Zane, Tim O’Brien, Justin Cronin, and <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a>, among others. The full lineup of 250 authors across all literary genres can be found online at <a href="http://texasbookfestival.org" target="_blank">texasbookfestival.org</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 17:04:07 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5067 at http://kut.org Headliners Announced for 2012 Texas Book Festival