Coming Soon: Texas Standard http://kut.org en 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> 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 Is America Over the Tour de France? http://kut.org/post/america-over-tour-de-france <p>This year's World Cup tournament captivated tens of millions of people around the country. Television ratings soared, prompting many to ask whether it was finally soccer's moment in America.</p><p>But there's another global sporting event taking place right now –&nbsp;one that years ago had folks saying the same thing about cycling.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.letour.com/us/">Tour de France</a>, a three-week, 2,200-mile bike race through Western Europe, is past the halfway mark of its 21 stages –&nbsp;and headlines surrounding the event seem to have fallen off the sports pages of most American newspapers.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159291940&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, 18 Jul 2014 22:05:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10816 at http://kut.org Is America Over the Tour de France? Is the News Too Scary for Your Kids? Here's What You Can Do http://kut.org/post/news-too-scary-your-kids-heres-what-you-can-do <p>The 24-hour-news cycle is ingrained into most adults' lives. Global conflict, natural disasters and crime make their way into in our daily discussions with a sense of normalcy. But for the young and impressionable, the news can paint a rather grim portrait of the world. So how do you go about explaining disturbing world events to your children?</p><p><a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">The Texas Standard</a>'s David Brown speaks with <a href="http://myhealingplace.org/">licensed family and children’s counselor</a> Khris Ford, who gives us some insight on how children perceive the events in the news.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159278034&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, 18 Jul 2014 18:38:34 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10814 at http://kut.org Is the News Too Scary for Your Kids? Here's What You Can Do 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? La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol http://kut.org/post/la-bestia-hit-song-warning-immigrants-was-made-us-border-patrol <p>There’s a new hit song in Central America. It’s called “La Bestia” and people in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are requesting it from their radio stations.</p><p>But guess what? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioned it.</p><p>“La Bestia” refers to <a href="http://kut.org/post/riding-beast-across-mexico-us-border">a dangerous train called “The Beast”</a> where thousands of immigrants ride to cross the U.S. – risking assaults, robbery, murder, kidnapping and rape. The catchy, upbeat cumbia song is part of Border Patrol’s multi-million dollar Dangers Awareness Campaign, meant to deter immigrants from entering the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158973220&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, 16 Jul 2014 17:25:32 +0000 David Brown 10798 at http://kut.org La Bestia: Hit Song Warning Immigrants Was Made for U.S. Border Patrol Death on the Border: Trying to Identify the Youth Who Never Made It http://kut.org/post/death-border-trying-identify-youth-who-never-made-it <p>With thousands of children being detained by the <a href="http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/overview">Border Patrol </a>along the Texas border, most of the spotlight seems to be focused on government policy and economic response. The Obama administration believes the ongoing immigration crisis is one that will likely to continue, with estimates of up to <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/jeh-johnson-immigrant-children-how-many-border-crisis-108772.html">90,000 unaccompanied youth being detained </a>by the end of this fiscal year, three times the amount of last year.</p><p>While thousands of undocumented migrants successfully make it across the border, many do not. This has led to an overwhelming amount of deceased, many whom are children, that local authorities are unable to properly identify or even bury. The <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">Texas Standard</a>’s <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBrownKUT">David Brown </a>speaks forensic anthropologist <a href="http://www.baylor.edu/anthropology/index.php?id=80297">Dr. Lori Baker</a>, who has been working along in South Texas in an attempt to locate and identify the scores of remains along the border.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158707184&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, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:01 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10784 at http://kut.org Death on the Border: Trying to Identify the Youth Who Never Made It 'The World at War' Shares Harrowing Look at the Personal Side of WWI http://kut.org/post/world-war-shares-harrowing-look-personal-side-wwi <p>World War I&nbsp;stands as a turning point of modern history – a point where industrialization and technology clashed with a bygone imperial policy.</p><p>The results were devastating: the four-year conflict involved over a 100 countries and claimed nearly 20 million lives. With its sheer scale it’s easy to forget about the human side of the conflict – the individuals, soldiers, loved ones, and family members who lived throughout the period.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158300256&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 21:31:59 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10775 at http://kut.org 'The World at War' Shares Harrowing Look at the Personal Side of WWI You Only Die Once: How ISIS Recruits Young Muslims http://kut.org/post/you-only-die-once-how-isis-recruits-young-muslims <p class="p1">The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, grabbed international attention of media this year after inciting a rash of violence throughout Iraq, gaining momentum and inspiring young Muslims to take up arms, even some <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/28/justice/texas-terror-arrests/">right here in Central Texas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.brookes.ac.uk/">Oxford Brookes University</a> modern history professor <a href="http://www.history.brookes.ac.uk/staff/prof.asp?ID=584">Roger Griffin</a> tells <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">Texas Standard</a>'s <a href="http://kut.org/people/david-brown">David Brown</a> that ISIS, unlike their predecessor al-Qaida, has cultivated an international online brand that glamorizes jihad.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157858726&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 21:30:28 +0000 Alain Stephens, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10746 at http://kut.org You Only Die Once: How ISIS Recruits Young Muslims 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' For Trailblazing Texan Oveta Culp Hobby, a Long Overdue Biography http://kut.org/post/trailblazing-texan-oveta-culp-hobby-long-overdue-biography <p>From the small Texas town of Killeen, Oveta Culp Hobby grew up into a remarkable woman, serving her country and opening doors for women in the military. &nbsp;</p><p>She helped establish the Women’s Army Corps and received a distinguished service medal – the first woman in the army ever to do so. She also served as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156173570&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, 01 Jul 2014 20:05:54 +0000 KUT Staff 10687 at http://kut.org For Trailblazing Texan Oveta Culp Hobby, a Long Overdue Biography Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans http://kut.org/post/listen-world-cup-translation-texans <p>Been following the World Cup? &nbsp;If so, you can stop right here. &nbsp;</p><p>This one's for the rest of us.&nbsp;</p><p>Sonny Carl Davis (you know, that guy from "Bernie" who <a href="http://youtu.be/JREkqCvLzSo">broke Texas into five states?</a>) has been thinking about America's new love affair with what much of the rest of the world calls football. &nbsp;</p><p>Sonny's been doing so much thinking, he reckoned it high time to offer something of an explainer for fellow Texans baffled by the phenomenon. Texans like … him. Take two minutes to listen:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:55:14 +0000 Texas Standard Staff 10694 at http://kut.org Listen: A World Cup Translation for Texans Interview: Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins Sure Does. http://kut.org/post/interview-remember-alamo-phil-collins-sure-does <p>On Thursday, Phil Collins – the multi-million selling British singer, former Genesis drummer, and Texas history buff –&nbsp;returned to the Alamo with an offer: his entire collection of Alamo artifacts, valued in the millions of dollars.</p><p>In exchange? Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who oversees the management of the historic site, pledged to build a new structure to display the Collins collection, telling a more well-rounded story of the seminal 1836 battle at San Antonio de Bexar.&nbsp;</p><p>In an exclusive conversation with the Texas Standard's David Brown –&nbsp;recorded in&nbsp; the Alamo's sacristy –&nbsp;Collins talks about how his fascination with Texas' Independence story blossomed into an adult obsession.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156276310&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, 27 Jun 2014 19:25:23 +0000 David Brown 10691 at http://kut.org Interview: Remember the Alamo? Phil Collins Sure Does. 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 Listen: Texas Veterans on ISIS and the Future of Iraq http://kut.org/post/listen-texas-veterans-isis-and-future-iraq <p>Last week, the Obama administration announced their response to the unraveling situation in Iraq. The U.S. is sending 300 military advisors to help government forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The Al-Qaeda augmented militants have recently taken control of much of northern Iraq.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House has not ruled out </span>air strikes<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the possibility of further military action is the talk of Washington. But what about the men and women who served in Iraq? The Texas Standard's David Brown recently sat down with three veterans for a roundtable discussion of recent&nbsp;events.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155714043&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></span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:01:41 +0000 David Brown, Rhonda Fanning & Alain Stephens 10660 at http://kut.org Listen: Texas Veterans on ISIS and the Future of Iraq 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 It's Our World Cup Too, Say More and More U.S. Soccer Fans http://kut.org/post/its-our-world-cup-too-say-more-and-more-us-soccer-fans <p>If you were to ask someone on the street which country has brought more fans to the World Cup this year, many wouldn’t venture that it would be the U.S.</p><p>But with the close proximity of the World Cup this year the&nbsp;United States has sent more fans to Brazil than any other nation. U.S. fans also account for the second largest overseas television audience of the event.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:10:32 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10648 at http://kut.org It's Our World Cup Too, Say More and More U.S. Soccer Fans Two Summer Reads You Won't Want to Put Down http://kut.org/post/two-summer-reads-you-wont-want-put-down <p>Summer reading season is here. So what are you taking (metaphorically or not) to the beach?&nbsp;</p><p>Fear not: In this edition of Kirkus on the Standard, David Brown speaks with <a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/">Kirkus</a><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/">&nbsp;Reviews</a>&nbsp;editor Clay Smith about a couple reading recommendations to get you through the heat.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:45:54 +0000 David Brown & Alain Stephens 10647 at http://kut.org Two Summer Reads You Won't Want to Put Down 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' Teen Playwright Reimagines Zimmerman Trial in 'Black Boy Fly' http://kut.org/post/teen-playwright-reimagines-zimmerman-trial-black-boy-fly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After graduating high school, many students work a part-time job, or simply relax over the summer before college. But Jordan Cooper is busy writing and producing plays.</span></p><p>The Texas Standard's David Brown speaks with the 18-year-old playwright about his passion for drama. Coopers' play "<a href="http://www.jubileetheatre.org/show_tickets.php?id=38">Black Boy Fly</a>" is being performed at the Jubilee Theatre in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area this upcoming weekend.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The inspiration to write has been with Cooper ever since he was five-years-old. "I would always used to scribble things on a piece of paper and call everyone into the living room –&nbsp;and at 7 p.m. it was showtime," he says.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154212473&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, 13 Jun 2014 21:54:12 +0000 David Brown 10599 at http://kut.org Teen Playwright Reimagines Zimmerman Trial in 'Black Boy Fly'