Life & Arts 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 Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients http://kut.org/post/some-food-producers-are-quietly-dumping-gmo-ingredients A tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., includes a stop at the "Flavor Graveyard," where ice cream combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees.<p>One recently deceased flavor has yet to be memorialized there: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, one of the company's best-sellers. Ben & Jerry's CEO <a href="http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/how-were-structured#4timeline">Jostein Solheim </a>says the company had to remove the key ingredient, Heath bars made by Hershey, and rework the flavor. Its replacement is called Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:49:43 +0000 Jane Lindholm 10828 at http://kut.org Some Food Companies Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-heroes-civil-rights-movement-views-front-line-part-i <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit marking the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964</a>.&nbsp; Featured on today’s program are three civil rights legends that looked back at the movement they helped to forge, and how it continues to resonate in America today, while exploring the civil rights issues of the 21st century.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:08:34 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10826 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement: Views from the Front Line – Part I A Vegan Turned Butcher Explains How To Cure Your Own Meat http://kut.org/post/vegan-turned-butcher-explains-how-cure-your-own-meat <p>It’s time for another edition of <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">KUT’s Summer School</a>. Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject? Meat curing.</p><p>Our instructor is a butcher who used to be a vegan for almost ten years:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.saltandtime.com/">Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria</a>&nbsp;co-owner Ben Runkle.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10809 at http://kut.org A Vegan Turned Butcher Explains How To Cure Your Own Meat 'Industry Night' Is an Old-School Variety Show http://kut.org/post/industry-night-old-school-variety-show <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chris Gibson is, by his own admission, obsessed with Dean Martin. And he has a particular interest in Martin's work in television, where he hosted a popular variety show for nine years beginning in 1965. It's shows like <em>The Dean Martin Show</em> and the later, slightly more kid-friendly <em>The </em></span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Muppet</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> that inspired the new live theater variety show Industry Night.</span></p><p>Hosted by Gibson and his fellow Rat Pack fans Cami Alys and Kenny Redding Jr., <em>Industry Night</em> is a throwback to the old school variety show format, where the hosts and the audience all have a couple of drinks and enjoy the show together. There's always sketch comedy and songs from Cami and Kenny, and each show features guest performers including singers, dancers, comics, improvisers, jugglers, and more.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159282131&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 19:33:17 +0000 Mike Lee 10815 at http://kut.org 'Industry Night' Is an Old-School Variety Show Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) http://kut.org/post/ethan-hawke-talks-boyhood-predestination-and-his-texas-ties-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's much-anticipated 12-year film project "Boyhood" opens in theatres across Austin today. KUT talked with star Ethan Hawke when he was in town for South by Southwest.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(March 11): Actor Ethan Hawke is in not one but two films that headlined <a href="http://kut.org/post/sxsw-film-preview-trends-ones-watch-and-avoiding-long-lines" target="_blank">SXSW Film</a> this year.</p><p><a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS14942" target="_blank">“Boyhood”</a> is the 12-year-long film project about growing up by Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater. <a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_FS15060" target="_blank">“Predestination”</a> is a time-travel sci-fi thriller.</p><p>KUT&nbsp;sat down with Hawke to talk with him about the films and about his Texas ties<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;–&nbsp;</span>Hawke was born in Austin.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139049993&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:08:01 +0000 Laura Rice 9944 at http://kut.org Ethan Hawke Talks 'Boyhood,' 'Predestination' and His Texas Ties (Update) ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) http://kut.org/post/breaking-bad-star-bryan-cranston-walter-white-lbj-and-jfk-assassination-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Those who weren't able to check out the play "All the Way" during its run on Broadway will have a second chance when Bryan Cranston reprises his role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in an HBO adaptation (an air date has not yet been announced).</p><p>Cranston researched the role at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin – and it must have paid off – he won a Tony Award for his performance. The play itself also won a Tony. It was written by Austin playwright Robert Schenkkan. <a href="http://kut.org/post/all-way-playwright-robert-schenkkan-wins-tony-play-lbjs-legacy" target="_blank">Click Here</a> to check out KUT's interview with Schenkkan.</p><p>Highlights from a November press appearance with Cranston are below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120290989" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:47:59 +0000 Laura Rice 9192 at http://kut.org ‘Breaking Bad’ Star Bryan Cranston on Walter White, LBJ and the JFK Assassination (Update) Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 http://kut.org/post/blues-guitarist-johnny-winter-dies-70 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tyg5SJDpiQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30mpfUlYO0A</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:37:05 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10803 at http://kut.org Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Dougherty Arts Center http://kut.org/post/alls-well-ends-well-dougherty-arts-center <p>In the works of William Shakespeare, there are&nbsp;comedies, there are tragedies, there are histories, and then there are the problem plays. These are the plays that defy easy categorization; they tend to have complex themes and ambiguous tones.</p><p><em>All's Well That Ends Well</em> is one such play. It's possibly Shakespeare's darkest comedy, dealing not just with love and mistaken identity like many of his comedic works, but also with war and gender issues.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:26:18 +0000 Mike Lee 10796 at http://kut.org 'All's Well That Ends Well' at Dougherty Arts Center Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized http://kut.org/post/book-news-harper-lee-says-new-biography-unauthorized <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Former <em>Chicago Tribune</em> reporter Marja Mills says her just-released biography of Harper Lee, <em>The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee</em>, was written with "the trust, support and encouragement" of Lee and her older sister, Alice. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:25:07 +0000 10795 at http://kut.org Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://kut.org/post/want-more-stress-your-life-try-parenting-teenager If anyone can handle the stress of parenting in the teen years, you'd think it would be a high school teacher.<p>That's how Amy Myers felt. She teaches high school English in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where she says she has "pseudo parented" about 3,000 teenagers "who I have talked to, given advice to, guided, directed, even lectured about teenage issues," she says.<p>So Myers, 41, felt pretty prepared for her own children's teenage years. That is until her oldest son, Kamron, turned 15. Suddenly, their close relationship turned sour. "Everything I demanded, he fought back. Advice? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:38:25 +0000 Patti Neighmond 10793 at http://kut.org Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like http://kut.org/post/listen-what-record-breaking-symphony-singing-bowls-sounds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 300 people sat cross-legged in the Texas Capitol extension’s open-air rotunda, tracing wooden sticks around crystal, brass and iron bowls. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They were there to celebrate the Dalai Lama's birthday and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with the utmost tranquility&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;become the largest group to ever play <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_bowl">Tibetan singing bowls</a>, according to the </span><a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Guinness Book of World Records</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10781 at http://kut.org Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-angela-burt-murray-cocoafabcom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson </span>Jr<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. speaks with Angela Burt-Murray editorial director of </span><a href="http://www.cocoamediagroup.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Cocoa Media Group</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new digital media company that launched </span><a href="http://cocoafab.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CocoaFab.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://cocoafab.com/cocoafab-tv/" style="line-height: 1.5;">CocoaFab.TV</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of <a href="http://www.essence.com/">ESSENCE magazine</a>, where she oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine –the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women – as well as Essence.com.</p><p></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158595001&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> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:44:12 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10776 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com '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 Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too http://kut.org/post/austin-kids-making-claymation-movies-teach-us-how-make-one-too <p>With school out of session, lots of kids are filling their time with summer camps. But they’re not just playing with water balloons and eating s’mores. At the <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/young-filmmakers-program/summer-film-camp/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival summer camp</a>, some kids are learning how to make <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pyMwxPTbE8" target="_blank">claymation movies</a>.</p><p>KUT showed up on day four of the five-day camp …&nbsp;so we asked some kids if we could borrow their notes:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158286850&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 20:58:07 +0000 Laura Rice 10756 at http://kut.org Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France http://kut.org/post/what-live-music-capital-can-learn-angers-france <p>The&nbsp;Skroks&nbsp;are here. They're a youthful, all-male brass band in town from&nbsp;<a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/sister-cities-program">one of Austin's sister cities</a>, Angers, France.</p><p>So what brings an overseas band to Austin? Exactly what appeals to young bands across the world: touring, playing music and meeting fans.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158171874&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 14:03:34 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10773 at http://kut.org What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France 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' Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines http://kut.org/post/aaron-franklin-barbecue-new-expansion-and-those-long-lines <p class="p1">People stand in line for up to five hours to eat at&nbsp;<a href="https://franklinbarbecue.com/">Franklin&nbsp;Barbecue</a>. The Austin restaurant, run by Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacey,&nbsp;has earned national praise for serving slow-smoked Central Texas barbecue within the Austin city limits.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Franklin Barbecue has been closed for the past couple of weeks for an expansion that includes a new smokehouse. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 8. Aaron Franklin swung by the KUT studios to talk about it. You can read the interview below or listen to it here.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157744480&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 00:58:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10745 at http://kut.org Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines Get Involved Spotlight: Animal Trustees of Austin http://kut.org/post/get-involved-spotlight-animal-trustees-austin <p></p><p><em>From <a href="http://animaltrustees.org" target="_blank">Animal Trustees of Austin</a>,&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; ">this month's Get Involved Spotlight nonprofit:</em></em></em></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Mike Lee 10727 at http://kut.org Get Involved Spotlight: Animal Trustees of Austin In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle' http://kut.org/post/black-america-podcast-defining-struggle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan D. Carle, professor at <a href="http://www.wcl.american.edu">American University Washington College of Law</a> and author of ‘Defining The Struggle: National Organizing For Racial Justice 1880 to 1915.’</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 00:51:17 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10740 at http://kut.org In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle'