Austin http://kut.org en Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp http://kut.org/post/chronicle-best-austin-25-whats-changed-whats-same-how-its-different-yelp <p>If there’s one thing you hear consistently from Austinites, original and transplanted, it’s how much the city has changed over the years.</p><p>One interesting gauge of that might be the Austin Chronicle’s<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/" target="_blank"> “Best Of Austin” poll</a>,&nbsp;which is now in its 25<sup>th</sup> year.</p><p>Chronicle Special Issues Editor Kate X Messer has been around for almost 20 of those years. She sat down with KUT to talk about what she's seen over that time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158138481&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><strong> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Laura Rice 10770 at http://kut.org Chronicle 'Best of Austin' at 25: What's Changed, What's the Same & How It's Different Than Yelp Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock http://kut.org/post/think-traffic-bad-now-2035-it-could-take-3-hours-get-austin-round-rock <p>These days Austin is known as much for traffic as it is for live music or five-hour-long barbecue lines.&nbsp;</p><p>If you've been commuting in Austin for a while, you might have noticed the traffic isn't exactly getting better. Despite flirtations with building a six-lane highway, constructing a long overdue urban rail system and even "sequestering" I-35 under concrete, commute times are not only stagnant, they're getting worse. In 2011, the state commissioned a study on major roadways which found — despite all those improvements — it could take Austin commuters up to three hours to get to Round Rock by 2035.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157857932&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, 09 Jul 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10753 at http://kut.org Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock 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' How to Become a Medieval Knight, in 7 Easy Steps http://kut.org/post/how-become-medieval-knight-7-easy-steps <p>It’s time for another edition of <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">KUT’s Summer School</a>.</p><p>Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from folks in Austin who are experts in their field. We’ve already learned about glass blowing, wood turning and beekeeping. Today’s subject? Medieval Studies.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156333549&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 21:12:55 +0000 Mose Buchele 10697 at http://kut.org How to Become a Medieval Knight, in 7 Easy Steps Donation Brings Huston-Tillotson University Closer to Building Mental Health Clinic http://kut.org/post/donation-brings-huston-tillotson-university-closer-building-mental-health-clinic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's the largest gift </span>Huston-Tillotson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has ever received. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday, the historic black university announced that Ada Anderson, a 92-year-old graduate, had donated $3 million to pay for the initial&nbsp;construction phase of the school's mental health clinic. It will be called the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center in honor of the donor's daughter.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:14:14 +0000 Joy Diaz 10669 at http://kut.org Donation Brings Huston-Tillotson University Closer to Building Mental Health Clinic Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell http://kut.org/post/listen-worst-yelp-reviews-barton-springs-and-mount-bonnell <p>Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin's eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin's natural beauty.</p><p>But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they're totally overrated.</p><p>Mount Bonnell's scenic overlook <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mount-bonnell-austin">rates a solid four stars</a> on Yelp; Austin's crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/barton-springs-pool-austin">at four-and-a-half</a>.&nbsp; But proving you can't please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:00:36 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10656 at http://kut.org Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell How Colony Park Wants to Face its Challenges as Development Looms http://kut.org/post/how-colony-park-wants-face-its-challenges-development-looms <p>Colony Park, out near the <a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/exposition_center/">Travis County Expo Center</a>, is one of those neighborhoods in Austin that’s a mixed bag. The area is getting nicer in some ways, but it’s also facing some hard-to-fix challenges.</p><p>During the last couple of years, the community has been studying the positive aspects of Colony Park in order to take advantage of them.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155373227&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> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:27:24 +0000 Joy Diaz 10652 at http://kut.org How Colony Park Wants to Face its Challenges as Development Looms We Learned What It's Like to Be a Beekeeper (and Only Got Stung Once) http://kut.org/post/we-learned-what-its-be-beekeeper-and-only-got-stung-once <p>KUT reporters are in “Summer School.” Every Friday, KUT reporters will learn a new skill or craft from folks around town who are experts in that field.</p><p>In this class, KUT's Laura Rice takes Beekeeping 101 with a local hive owner.</p><p>Lily Rosenman was our teacher. She's been beekeeping in Austin for four years. Right now, Rosenman keeps her hive at her friend Anne Woods's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">home in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">East Austin.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155262265&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, 20 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10638 at http://kut.org We Learned What It's Like to Be a Beekeeper (and Only Got Stung Once) What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? http://kut.org/post/what-webby-stuff-austin-trees <p>It’s not yet autumn but fall webworms are showing up on trees across Central Texas.</p><p>The caterpillars form webbing on leaves – and spend much of their lives eating those leaves.</p><p>"Typically people notice they have fall webworms when they start to see the webbing actually starting to cover the tips of the branches and, if they look closely at those webs or they break open those webs, they'll actually see the caterpillars inside," Wizzie Brown says.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:00:03 +0000 Laura Rice 10624 at http://kut.org What Is That Webby Stuff on Austin Trees? From Log to Bowl, Learning How to Turn Wood http://kut.org/post/log-bowl-learning-how-turn-wood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School is finally out across Austin. But here at&nbsp;</span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, class is in session.</span></p><p>All summer long,&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;reporters will learn a new skill or craft from folks who are experts in the field. We're calling it <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">"Summer School"</a> and we hope you'll learn something too along the way.&nbsp;</p><p>In this class, KUT's Ben Philpott gets schooled by his father, Jim, in the art of bowl turning.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154246412&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 21:15:58 +0000 Ben Philpott 10597 at http://kut.org From Log to Bowl, Learning How to Turn Wood Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) http://kut.org/post/listen-henry-winkler-breaks-down-meaning-life-and-austin-bbq <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Henry Winkler –&nbsp;better known as </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonzie" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arthur Fonzarelli</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in iconic </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1970s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sitcom “Happy Days,” and </span><a href="http://arresteddevelopment.wikia.com/wiki/Barry_Zuckerkorn" style="line-height: 1.5;">Barry Zukerkorn</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in cult favorite "Arrested Development" –&nbsp;was in Austin recently, accepting the first-ever </span><a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/atxattendees/achievement-in-television-excellence-award-presented-to-henry-winkler" style="line-height: 1.5;">Achievement in Television Excellence Award</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival" style="line-height: 1.5;">the ATX Television Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Winkler talked about his battle with dyslexia, the struggle to get casting directors to see beyond the Fonz, and his love for Austin barbecue. He also offered a lot of advice.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've collected his best advice in this 90-second clip. Listen:&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154066634&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:29:48 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10586 at http://kut.org Listen: Henry Winkler Breaks Down the Meaning of Life (and Austin BBQ) Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws http://kut.org/post/ubers-rapid-growth-pits-innovation-against-existing-laws To see the speed of technological innovation, look no further than a street corner. Hailing a cab from the street is less common in cities with Uber, a service that lets you request a ride with the simple tap of a mobile phone app.<p>The 5-year-old company — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/06/319527353/uber-car-service-company-is-now-valued-at-17-billion">now valued at $17 billion</a> — is growing so fast that it's operating in 128 cities globally, on every continent except Antarctica. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 11:34:16 +0000 Elise Hu 10584 at http://kut.org Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk http://kut.org/post/photos-new-views-austin-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/boardwalk-trail-lady-bird-lake">Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk</a>&nbsp;opened June 7. The 1.3 mile boardwalk&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/photos-heres-sneak-peek-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk">completes a 10-mile loop</a>&nbsp;of trail around the lake.</p><p>While a boon to runner and cyclists, the new boardwalk also lets users view downtown Austin from a fresh vantage point. Many in Austin have already utilized the boardwalk to capture new perspectives of the city after this weekend’s grand opening.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10565 at http://kut.org Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) http://kut.org/post/how-sound-youre-austin-90-seconds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you think of when you think of Austin?</span></p><p>Live music, hot summers, breakfast tacos and the people come to mind for starters. But spend a little time here, and another thing jumps out at you – the "Austin correct" pronunciation of local streets and landmarks.</p><p></p><p>Take <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/@30.2857938,-97.7421852,18z">Guadalupe Street</a> across from the UT Campus ­–&nbsp;pronounced <em>Gwad-a-loop </em>by generations of students and residents.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:58:08 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Matt Largey 10561 at http://kut.org How to Sound Like You're From Austin (in 90 Seconds) We Spent a Day Blowing Glass. It'll Only Take 3 or 5 More Years to Get It Down http://kut.org/post/we-spent-day-blowing-glass-itll-only-take-3-or-5-more-years-get-it-down <p>http://youtu.be/6wgbLnpBMbA</p><p>School is finally out across Austin. But here at KUT, class is in session.</p><p>KUT is kicking off our new "Summer School" series. Every Friday, KUT reporters will learn a new skill or craft from folks who are experts in the field.&nbsp;</p><p>First up: Art class.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153160627&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, 06 Jun 2014 21:00:24 +0000 Joy Diaz 10555 at http://kut.org We Spent a Day Blowing Glass. It'll Only Take 3 or 5 More Years to Get It Down 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival http://kut.org/post/hey-dude-fonz-and-avoiding-spoilers-atx-television-festival <p>Television is getting a bit more respect these days. For one, it’s where Academy Award winners such as Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey have recently focused their talents.</p><p>TV’s resurgence includes getting its very own festival – which kicks off today in Austin.</p><p>Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson founded the <a href="http://www.atxfestival.com/" target="_blank">ATX Television Festival</a>. They talked with KUT about the third annual fest – which they’re calling “Season Three.”<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152808859&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> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:57:01 +0000 Laura Rice 10538 at http://kut.org 'Hey Dude,' The Fonz and Avoiding Spoilers at the ATX Television Festival Seen These Signs in Downtown Austin? We Met the Guy Behind Them http://kut.org/post/seen-these-signs-downtown-austin-we-met-guy-behind-them <p>You may have seen them on your morning commute: handmade signs, around Lamar and Barton Springs, offering services and sentiments that seem more than a little bit off.</p><p><strong><em>Public Notice: That Rash Won't Just Go Away</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>R.I.P. Weird, 1969 – 2014. We Will Miss You!</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>If You Lived Here, You'd Be Homeless By Now</em></strong></p><p>Some even have a phone number attached:</p><p><strong><em>I Buy Broken Dreams: 512-333-1984</em></strong></p><p>They're the work of one person – a homeless man in his 30s named David. Not that he refers to himself by that name. "I go by the name of Liar, which has nothing to do with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyre">the instrument</a>," he says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152060344&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> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:05:41 +0000 Joy Diaz & Wells Dunbar 10522 at http://kut.org Seen These Signs in Downtown Austin? We Met the Guy Behind Them Austin Favorite Sarah Bird's New Novel Travels New - and Old - Ground http://kut.org/post/austin-favorite-sarah-birds-new-novel-travels-new-and-old-ground <p>Austin novelist Sarah Bird has been <a href="http://sarahbirdbooks.com/about/">writing for a while</a>. Long enough to become <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2011/poll:readers/category:media/sarah-bird-best-local-author-poet/">beloved in Austin</a> and build a loyal following for her fun, easy stories with an Austin flair. But this month, Sarah Bird's about to ruin her reputation. Her new novel, <a href="http://sarahbirdbooks.com/">Above the East China Sea</a>&nbsp;looks at life from a completely different perspective.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 15:10:28 +0000 Emily Donahue 10506 at http://kut.org Austin Favorite Sarah Bird's New Novel Travels New - and Old - Ground Can Anything Be Done to Lower Austin's Property Taxes? http://kut.org/post/can-anything-be-done-lower-austins-property-taxes <p>The deadline to file a protest regarding your property tax appraisal is fast approaching – Monday, June 2.</p><p>Many people in Travis County are shocked to learn how much their property values – and consequently, their property taxes ­– might go up this year. County officials say valuations have risen roughly 15 percent on average this year. But as seen in <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/24a06n/travis_co_2014_property_assessment_online_now/">this local Reddit discussion</a>, many homeowners are facing 25 percent and 30 percent increases ­–&nbsp;and higher.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sticker shock is so prevalent, Travis County Commissioners say their phones haven't stopped ringing from residents calling, asking for help.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:36:47 +0000 Joy Diaz 10509 at http://kut.org Can Anything Be Done to Lower Austin's Property Taxes? Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Country Losing African-Americans http://kut.org/post/austins-only-fast-growing-city-country-losing-african-americans <p>The overall Austin population exploded between 2000 and 2010, growing by more than 20 percent. But <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/iupra/_files/pdf/Austin%20AA%20pop%20policy%20brief_FINAL.pdf">a University of Texas study [PDF]</a>&nbsp;finds that Austin was the only U.S. city experiencing double-digit population growth that saw its African-American population not only not keep pace, but actually decline.</p><div>"Among the ten fastest-growing major cities in the United States, Austin stood&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">out in one crucial respect: it was the only such city that suffered a net loss in its African-&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American population," says s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">tudy author&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/aads/faculty/et5689" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Eric Tang</a>. "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Indeed, between 2000 and 2010, Austin was a statistical outlier; it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was the only major city in the United States to experience a double-digit rate of general&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">population growth coincident with African-American population decline."</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149864244&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 19:44:18 +0000 Emily Donahue & David Brown 10436 at http://kut.org Austin's the Only Fast-Growing City in the Country Losing African-Americans