Author Interviews 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><p>Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy –&nbsp;so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.</p><p>It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson&nbsp;decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book,&nbsp;"<a href="http://tomlinsonhill.com/the-book/">Tomlinson Hill</a>."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159845849&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, 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 Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' http://kut.org/post/listen-austin-author-jeff-abbott-ins-and-outs-his-new-thriller-inside-man <p>Good guys and bad guys are always easy to sort out in thrillers, right? Not so fast. In the murky waters of <a href="http://jeffabbott.com/">Jeff Abbott's</a> latest novel <em><a href="http://jeffabbott.com/book/inside-man/">Inside Man</a>,</em> the roles are not always so clear cut or easily defined.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157679753&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 10:30:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 10742 at http://kut.org Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man' 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 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 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 Here Are Five Page-Turners for Summer Reading Season http://kut.org/post/here-are-five-page-turners-summer-reading-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This weekend not only kicks of the summer vacation and travel season. It also kicks off the summer&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">reading</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season. So The Texas Standard reached out to the mavens of manuscripts at the </span><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirkus&nbsp;Reviews.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor-in-chief Clay Smith sat down with David Brown to discuss some of the best books available this season. Smith's picks for summer reading with a punch include:</span></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/with-natchez-burning-greg-iles-is-back-better-than-ever/2014/05/01/6de64da4-c023-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html">Natchez Burning</a></strong> by Greg Isles. "Greg Isles is a guy who has been publishing thrillers for a while and he was on a routing publishing schedule, you know, year after year ... He had a car crash and was induced into a coma recently and so this is his first thriller in five years. And it deals with all that southern stuff. You know, race, long held secrets, society and readers are loving it. It is hard to put down."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150754055&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:13:01 +0000 Emily Donahue 10475 at http://kut.org Here Are Five Page-Turners for Summer Reading Season Author Robert Bryce: Why Thinking Smaller Will Bring the Future Faster http://kut.org/post/author-robert-bryce-why-thinking-smaller-will-bring-future-faster <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do transistors, lithium&nbsp;batteries and </span>AK-47s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have in common?</span></p><p>Each one of those inventions fast-forwarded human history. They and many more, argues Austin-based author Robert Bryce, are examples of a trend in nature and society toward making things, faster, cheaper and – Bryce argues –&nbsp;<em>better</em>.</p><p>Bryce's new book is called&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Smaller-Faster-Lighter-Denser-Cheaper/dp/1610392051">Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the&nbsp;Catastrophists&nbsp;Wrong</a>." He spoke to Texas Standard host David Brown.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149547378&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 13:19:25 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10420 at http://kut.org Author Robert Bryce: Why Thinking Smaller Will Bring the Future Faster Author T.V. Paul Talks About 'The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World' http://kut.org/post/author-tv-paul-talks-about-warrior-state-pakistan-contemporary-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the&nbsp;</span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Pres. Lyndon&nbsp;</span>Baines<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Johnson signed a major change in immigration rules&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">into law.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Eliminating per country quotas, the move made it easier for immigrants with professional experience and education to come to the Unites States.</span></p><p>From that moment forward, Pakistanis began coming to the U.S. in waves.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 22:21:28 +0000 David Brown 10378 at http://kut.org Author T.V. Paul Talks About 'The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World' 'Orange Aardvark' is a Colorful Book For Kids http://kut.org/post/orange-aardvark-colorful-book-kids <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Its-Orange-Aardvark-Michael-Hall/dp/0062252062" style="line-height: 1.5;">"It's an Orange Aardvark!"</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the new book from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/36209/Michael_Hall/index.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael Hall</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's a short book, so we don't want to give anything away. But we can tell you it involves carpenter ants, a lot of holes and a hilarious payoff. </span><a href="https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michael-hall/its-an-orange-aardvark/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kirkus Reviews</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> calls the book “suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun.”</span></p><p>The Texas Standard spoke to Hall on the phone, on a lunch break between school visits. "I enjoy the school appearances," Hall said. "The kids are so attentive and curious. They're just great audiences and it's a lot of fun."</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:47:14 +0000 Emily Donahue 10339 at http://kut.org 'Orange Aardvark' is a Colorful Book For Kids Elizabeth Crook's 'Monday Monday' Revisits UT's Infamous Tower Shooting http://kut.org/post/elizabeth-crooks-monday-monday-revisits-uts-infamous-tower-shooting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are few incidents in Texas history as compelling as the </span><a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/topics/ut-tower-shooting" style="line-height: 1.5;">UT Tower shooting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On August 1, 1966, a UT student and ex-marine named Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the UT Tower and opened fire on the pedestrians below. 16 people were killed. Dozens were injured. It was the first mass shooting on a US college campus. And it changed many lives.</span></p><p>Austin novelist Elizabeth Crook has used the events of that day to craft a vivid and emotional novel, "<a href="http://www.elizabethcrookbooks.com/">Monday, Monday</a>." She told KUT's Emily Donahue that she felt some qualms about her subject matter. She began writing in 2006. And as she wrote, several school shootings occurred, from <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2012/12/sandy_hook_a_chart_of_all_196_fatal_school_shootings_since_1980_map.html">Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146884048&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:59:17 +0000 Emily Donahue 10310 at http://kut.org Elizabeth Crook's 'Monday Monday' Revisits UT's Infamous Tower Shooting On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? http://kut.org/post/bards-birthday-who-wrote-it-shakespeare-or-rapper <p>It's happened to all of us: just when you're ready to deliver the perfect rebuttal, &nbsp;last word or final point, your tongue trips up and you slaughter your English.</p><p>Don't fret about it, says author Ammon Shea. The man who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/02iht-idbriefs2C.14946374.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;is taking on grammarians and nitpickers alike.</p><p>Shea's new book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bad-English-History-Linguistic-Aggravation/dp/0399165576">Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation</a>" (out this June) is an eye-opening look at how language mistakes have become accepted as correct usage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146123452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:22:37 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10286 at http://kut.org On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The follow-up to </span><a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth Strout’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2009/0420/olive-kitteridge-takes-2009-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulitzer Prize winning novel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Olive </a></span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kitteridge</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spent weeks atop the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and months making the rounds of book-circles. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Strout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited with the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard's&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily Donahue&nbsp;to talk about her book. Listen to their conversation in the audio player below.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144868719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I http://kut.org/post/austin-authors-new-thriller-links-love-mystery-and-world-war-i <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A young man about to go to war meets a young woman. They fall in love. A reckless, passionate affair follows. It lasts just a week, but it reverberates through six lifetimes.</span></p><p>That's just one layer of the narrative in a new novel by Austin author Justin Go. “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Steady-Running-Hour-Novel/dp/1476704589">The Steady Running of the Hour</a>” includes a race against time and crosses two centuries and multiple continents – from the drawing rooms of London to the horror of <a href="http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/">World War I battlefields</a> – through Europe, Asia and 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/144672187&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10209 at http://kut.org Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' http://kut.org/post/renowned-texas-journalist-shares-family-history-harness-makers-dream <p>The Kallison family name has resonated amongst Texans for generations.</p><p>It's the name of the department store in San Antonio crowned by a cowboy carrying a saddle on his right shoulder. It's also the of the Kallison Ranch, the place that brought Texas ranching into the 20th century.</p><p>"The Harness Maker’s Dream" recounts the story of Nathan Kallison, the Jewish Russian who escaped persecution and later became a successful rancher in Texas.</p><time datetime="2013-11-02T22:07:20+00:00" pubdate="">&nbsp;</time><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132017402&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:08 +0000 David Brown 9670 at http://kut.org Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream' 'The Obedient Assassin' Tells the Story of Trotsky's Killer http://kut.org/post/obedient-assassin-tells-story-trotskys-killer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine – you have it all – a life of luxury, famous friends, a beautiful lover. You are a good, supportive friend – happy and content.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And it’s all a lie.</span></p><p>The truth keeps you up at night, tortures you during the day. But you can’t change who you are.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132243586&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 9681 at http://kut.org 'The Obedient Assassin' Tells the Story of Trotsky's Killer Amy Tan's New Book 'The Valley of Amazement' is Filled With Family Secrets http://kut.org/post/amy-tans-new-book-valley-amazement-filled-family-secrets <p>It’s been eight years since Amy Tan’s last book. But critics are already saying “<a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17383934-the-valley-of-amazement">The Valley of Amazement</a>” was worth waiting for.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s a complicated story of mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, the past and the present, China and America. And – perhaps above all – it’s about women’s fierce wills to survive.</p><p>KUT's Emily Donahue spoke with Amy Tan about her new book. She was five years into writing a different novel, Tan says, when she took a new look at an old family photo.</p><p>“I had a photo of my grandmother sitting on my desk and it was my favorite photo of her,” Tan says. “She looks quite beautiful and dreamy eyed, and it is in fact the photo that is on the hard cover edition of ‘<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Bonesetters-Daughter-Amy-Tan/dp/0804114986">The Bonesetter's Daughter</a>.’”&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123380660&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:55:09 +0000 Emily Donahue 9317 at http://kut.org Amy Tan's New Book 'The Valley of Amazement' is Filled With Family Secrets '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 The Lair: The Story Behind the Story of the Teen Vampire Series http://kut.org/post/lair-story-behind-story-teen-vampire-series <p>Imagine a book about the future – a future where children are groomed to feed wild vampire-like beasts. A book with good guys who are bad guys, bad guys who retain a touch of humanity, and a few characters primed to save the world.</p><p>“<a href="http://www.escapethefarm.com/">The Lair</a>”&nbsp;is the second in a series of young adult books from Round Rock author <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/876105.Emily_McKay">Emily McKay</a>. The first was&nbsp;“The Farm.”&nbsp; Both are set in a post-apocalyptic future, in which adults have failed young people, and young people have adulthood thrust upon them.</p><p>McKay's vampires are neither glamorous nor elegant, but they are smarter, stronger and faster than humans. And in both&nbsp;“The Farm”&nbsp;and “The Lair,”&nbsp;human children are farmed to feed human/vampire Ticks.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119040021" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:35:18 +0000 Emily Donahue 9137 at http://kut.org The Lair: The Story Behind the Story of the Teen Vampire Series Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism http://kut.org/post/why-supermans-origins-may-be-steeped-judaism <p>It's a bird&nbsp;…&nbsp;it's a plane …&nbsp;it's …&nbsp;you guessed it: Superman.</p><p>The high-flying Son of Krypton has been been a cultural force for 75 years and, while&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">he's graced the panels of comic books and the silver screen, his humble beginnings and evolution over the years have reflected</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; "> changing political and cultural tides, says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Superman biographer&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.larrytye.com/" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Larry&nbsp;Tye</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/118717417" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:59:57 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 9095 at http://kut.org Why Superman's Origins May Be Steeped in Judaism 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