Rhonda Fanning http://kut.org en 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? 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 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 New Reality Series Follows Two Austin-Based Classic Car Dealers http://kut.org/post/new-reality-series-follows-two-austin-based-classic-car-dealers <p>The latest in reality television isn’t coming to you from a Louisiana bayou. Duck Dynasty doesn’t have quite the same global reach as the Discovery Channel’s new series premiering tonight.</p><p>“Chrome Underground” hails from a classic car shop in Austin, but it will take you across the earth.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 19:46:24 +0000 Gretch Sanders & Rhonda Fanning 10485 at http://kut.org New Reality Series Follows Two Austin-Based Classic Car Dealers How Drug Smugglers Are Taking Advantage of the Texas Oil Boom http://kut.org/post/how-drug-smugglers-are-taking-advantage-texas-oil-boom <p>While fracking for oil&nbsp;along the Texas border has become a big business for petrol companies, a new entity seeks to tap into the lucrative market – drug smugglers. &nbsp;</p><p>As infrastructure and activity increases to meet the demand of the booming industry, drug smugglers are starting to take advantage of the new roads and increased traffic, much of which is located on private ranch lands. &nbsp;</p><p>“Because there are so many different companies, and so many different trucks going through that area, it provides a sort of way to blend in if you will,” National Journal writer Ben Geman tells The Texas Standard's David Brown. “Essentially what’s happening is you’ve got smugglers who are stashing marijuana, or other drugs, in trucks that are either 'cloned' to look like one of the industry trucks, or some type of truck that seems to fit right in driving around on these ranch lands.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150632994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:43:15 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10469 at http://kut.org How Drug Smugglers Are Taking Advantage of the Texas Oil Boom Nolan Ryan's Recipe for Success - and His Big Tex Rib-Eye http://kut.org/post/nolan-ryans-recipe-success-and-his-big-tex-rib-eye <p>At the ripe old age of 10, Nolan Ryan announced to his parents he was ready to get into the cattle business. And he did just that –&nbsp;buying his first calf from a local dairy farmer outside of his hometown of Alvin, Texas.</p><p>Fast forward a few decades, and most folks seem to associate Ryan's name with baseball. Pitching in the majors for 27 seasons, Ryan played for the Mets and California Angels before coming home to Texas, pitching for the Rangers and Astros and being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10437 at http://kut.org Nolan Ryan's Recipe for Success - and His Big Tex Rib-Eye Austin Doctor Says Veteran Died Waiting for VA Treatment http://kut.org/post/austin-doctor-says-veteran-died-waiting-va-treatment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday morning the <em>San Antonio Express-News</em> reported that a cancer patient <a href="http://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/texas-veteran-died-waiting-for-care-that-never-came-1.283042">died after waiting two months</a> to start cancer treatment at a Veteran Affairs hospital in Temple, Texas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news comes after a series of revelations about secret waiting lists at VA hospitals nationwide, following an initial whistleblower complaint from a VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The reporter who broke the story, Sig </span>Christenson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, said he's been in touch with the patient's physician, who was a subcontractor for the VA at the time, and wishes to remain anonymous.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Standard's David Brown had a chance to speak with </span>Christenson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about the case.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149556672&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:39:03 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10421 at http://kut.org Austin Doctor Says Veteran Died Waiting for VA Treatment Willie Nelson Donates Stash of Personal Artifacts To Briscoe Center http://kut.org/post/willie-nelson-donates-stash-personal-artifacts-briscoe-center <p>Even as he celebrated his 81<sup>st</sup> birthday – how else, but by getting his fifth-degree black belt in a martial art called GongKwon Yusul - legendary musician Willie Nelson does not show signs of slowing down.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10371 at http://kut.org Willie Nelson Donates Stash of Personal Artifacts To Briscoe Center When it Comes To Traffic, Everything's Bigger in Texas http://kut.org/post/when-it-comes-traffic-everythings-bigger-texas <p>Everything's bigger in Texas – or so the saying goes. But after years of population growth, many are worried the Lone Star State is experiencing the hidden costs of its prosperity.</p><p>The Texas Standard's David Brown recently sat down with Wall Street Journal reporter Nathan Koppel to discuss strains on state infrastructure.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It's great for the state, and you'd certainly rather be Texas than other parts of the country that are losing population, but it is a challenge for Texas," Koppel explains. "Just the sheer pace of the population increase has been difficult to manage, particularly for cities which are just booming. "</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147264271&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:28:31 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10330 at http://kut.org When it Comes To Traffic, Everything's Bigger in Texas The Texas Scientist Reconciling Climate Change & Evangelical Christianity http://kut.org/post/texas-scientist-reconciling-climate-change-evangelical-christianity <p><em>Time Magazine </em>just released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year the list includes Texas Tech climate scientist and evangelical Christian<a href="http://katharinehayhoe.com/">&nbsp;Katharine Hayhoe</a>.</p><p>For <em>Time</em>, actor Don Cheadle wrote "There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe – a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian – so interesting."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Standard's David Brown recently spoke with Hayhoe about science, her faith, </span><a href="http://time.com/70881/katharine-hayhoe-2014-time-100/" style="line-height: 1.5;">and making TIME's list</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146409501&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:58:24 +0000 David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10299 at http://kut.org The Texas Scientist Reconciling Climate Change & Evangelical Christianity UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' http://kut.org/post/ut-professor-jeremi-suri-best-way-think-putin-mussolini <p>U.S. troops began joint military exercises in Poland this week, in response to Russia's continued incursion into Ukraine.&nbsp; The Pentagon says troops will also be deployed to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday as a show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. As he met with the nation's leaders he called on Russia to "stop talking and start acting" to defuse the crisis.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far, that doesn't seem to be happening.&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146135968&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:15:35 +0000 Rhonda Fanning 10288 at http://kut.org UT Professor Jeremi Suri: 'The Best Way to Think of Putin is Mussolini' LISTEN: Texans Share Their Experiences in the Civil Rights Movement http://kut.org/post/listen-texans-share-their-experiences-civil-rights-movement <p>This week, civil rights leaders and politicians including President Barack Obama and three former presidents – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;gather at Austin's&nbsp;</span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Library and Museum to commemorate the </span>50<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The occasion also has many Texans reflecting on their own experiences growing up in the Jim Crow-era south.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143920673&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:07:37 +0000 Rhonda Fanning 10180 at http://kut.org LISTEN: Texans Share Their Experiences in the Civil Rights Movement