News http://kut.org en Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. http://kut.org/post/under-10-austin-landlords-accept-vouchers-rule-could-change <p>The rental market in Austin is hot. The Austin Board of Realtors says&nbsp;<a href="https://www.abor.com/news_media/press_releases/2014/p9_14.cfm">more units are being leased&nbsp;</a>than last year and the prices are higher.</p><p>But the City of Austin says it can be hard for people who use housing vouchers to find a place to live. Now, some city commissions are considering adding&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=213609">“source of income” discrimination [PDF]</a> to a list of banned landlord behavior.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A study found fewer than 10 percent of rental units in Austin currently accept vouchers –&nbsp;a move that critics say contributes to a concentration of poverty in the northern and eastern parts of the city.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:43 +0000 Laura Rice 10884 at http://kut.org Under 10% of Austin Landlords Accept Vouchers. This Rule Could Change That. Could Maker Culture Spark the Next Industrial Revolution? http://kut.org/post/could-maker-culture-spark-next-industrial-revolution <p>Everyone has ideas. Machines, inventions, and improvements to everyday products: things that bounce around in everyone's mind. But unless that someone is an engineer, inventor, or tinkerer, those ideas stay just that … ideas.</p><p>Until now that is. &nbsp;</p><p>A new, emerging "maker" culture encourages innovators to create as they wish with the help of 3D printers, laser cutters, and many other tools. The Obama Administration even recently hosted a nationwide "<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/presidential-proclamation-national-day-making-2014">Day of Making</a>"&nbsp;for these creators.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155847351&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, 28 Jul 2014 19:33:31 +0000 David Brown 10667 at http://kut.org Could Maker Culture Spark the Next Industrial Revolution? Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents http://kut.org/post/migrant-children-have-state-federal-foster-care-competing-parents <p>The influx of <a href="http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis">children from Central America</a> arriving at the Texas-Mexico border has many people asking <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border">how they can help</a>.</p><p>One way people can help is by becoming foster parents –&nbsp;but acting as a foster parent for the federal government is different than being a foster parent for the state.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160661149&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> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:14:14 +0000 Joy Diaz 10885 at http://kut.org Migrant Children Have State, Federal Foster Care Competing for Parents Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? http://kut.org/post/can-national-guard-troops-make-arrests-along-texas-border <p>Can the <a href="http://www.txarng.com/" target="_blank">National Guard</a> troops being deployed to the border arrest and detain people? Only if Gov. Rick Perry says they can. But experts do have some concerns about giving law enforcement powers to a reserve military force.</p><p>From a legal standpoint, the National Guard has no authority to enforce federal immigration law, because the troops will be operating under the governor’s authority. In this case,&nbsp;Gov. Perry has called them up, and not President Barack Obama.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160643845&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, 28 Jul 2014 15:02:40 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10883 at http://kut.org Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border? How Much Has Texas Shaped Modern Art? http://kut.org/post/how-much-has-texas-shaped-modern-art <p>When you think of modern art, does Texas come to mind? According to Katie Robinson Edwards, curator of Austin's <a href="http://umlaufsculpture.org">Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum,</a> it should.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:23:00 +0000 ChinLin Pan, David Brown & Rhonda Fanning 10822 at http://kut.org How Much Has Texas Shaped Modern Art? How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? http://kut.org/post/how-can-you-measure-success-national-guard-troops-border <p>The eyes of the nation are focused on the Texas-Mexico border, due to the humanitarian crisis involving undocumented and unaccompanied minors. This week, Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the border.</p><p>Politically speaking, Gov. Perry’s message is that the Federal Government is failing in its duties. But in a story set to be published in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman, investigative reporters Jeremy Schwartz and Eric Dexheimer pose a question: just what constitutes “mission accomplished?”&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:40:00 +0000 David Brown & Josie MacLean 10872 at http://kut.org How Can You Measure the Success of National Guard Troops on the Border? Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice http://kut.org/post/dont-get-it-twisted-making-balloon-animals-takes-lots-practice <p>It’s time for another edition of KUT’s Summer School!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Friday this summer, we head out to learn new skills from people in Austin who are experts in their field. Today’s subject?&nbsp;Balloon Twisting. &nbsp;</span></p><p>KUT’s Kate McGee teaches us how to learns the squeaky, yet delicate art of creating shapes out of balloons.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160292443&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, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:01 +0000 Kate McGee 10875 at http://kut.org Don't Get it Twisted: Making Balloon Animals Takes Lots of Practice How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border http://kut.org/post/how-austin-can-help-unaccompanied-minors-border <p>Unaccompanied minors and other immigrants continue to arrive at the border, creating a national dialogue on immigration reform.</p><p>President Obama is expected to meet with the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras today to discuss the humanitarian crisis along the border.</p><p>Organizations and faith-based groups around the country are doing what they can to assist the minors. Austin is no exception –&nbsp;several organizations and churches are currently accepting donations. Here’s a roundup:</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:58:13 +0000 Reynaldo Leanos 10874 at http://kut.org How Austin Can Help Unaccompanied Minors at the Border See 'Bright Now Beyond' at Salvage Vanguard Theater http://kut.org/post/see-bright-now-beyond-salvage-vanguard-theater <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting July 31, Salvage Vanguard Theater will present the world premiere of the new musical </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Bright Now Beyond</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It's an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1904 book </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Marvelous Land of Oz</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (which was the second in the author's long-running series of Oz books).</span></p><p><em>Bright Now Beyond </em>is set decades after the events of <em>The Wizard of O</em>z, and features a few characters &nbsp;from that story&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">(the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glinda</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the Good all make&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">appearences</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">)&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">along with many &nbsp;new characters not seen in the classic film. Co-writer Daniel Alexander Jones sees all the characters — the familiar and the new — as being at a crossroads in their life; that's one of the things that drew him to the story.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160280137&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, 25 Jul 2014 20:23:26 +0000 Mike Lee 10873 at http://kut.org See 'Bright Now Beyond' at Salvage Vanguard Theater Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast! http://kut.org/post/listen-our-weekly-news-podcast <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">KUT Weekend </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">brings you our favorite stories from the </span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> newsroom. 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UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday http://kut.org/post/ut-system-expected-name-new-chancellor-tuesday <p>The University of Texas System Board of Regents has <a href="http://utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2014-07-29">scheduled a meeting</a>&nbsp;for Tuesday, when they are expected to name the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor. Sources with knowledge of the search told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is likely to be chosen.</p><p>McRaven is a Navy Seal best known for coordinating the successful operation to kill Osama bin Laden. He is currently the&nbsp;commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is headquartered in Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:45:42 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10868 at http://kut.org UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday Why Some Beliefs Are Beyond Debate http://kut.org/post/why-some-beliefs-are-beyond-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am absolutely certain that I’m right and you’re wrong, so because of this certainty, I will argue my belief, which I believe to be correct, however long it takes to convince you to submit to my superior correctness.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Have you ever encountered such a fixed and inflexible perspective of a belief in a person who disagrees with you on something?&nbsp; Of course you have.&nbsp; We’re only human, and it’s part of the nature of our cognitive patterns to want to hold onto certain beliefs with a very firm intellectual grip.</p><p>On this week’s episode of <a href="http://kut.org/term/two-guys-your-head">Two Guys On Your Head</a>, <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/psychology/faculty/markman">Dr. Art Markman</a> and <a href="http://www.music.utexas.edu/directory/details.aspx?id=36">Dr. Bob Duke</a> analyze the differing approaches to holding a belief and how those different approaches affect interaction in society. Essentially, this comes down to two fundamental ways of holding a belief: You can have a firm grip, or a loose one.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160151389&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, 25 Jul 2014 15:43:06 +0000 Alicia Choina & Rebecca McInroy 10862 at http://kut.org Why Some Beliefs Are Beyond Debate Despite Campaign Focus, Texas Pre-K Won't Likely Expand Soon http://kut.org/post/despite-campaign-focus-texas-pre-k-wont-likely-expand-soon <p>Over half of Texas children between the ages of three and four don't go to preschool, according to the <a href="http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-2014-kids-count-data-book/">annual Kids Count </a>report released this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Texas schools offer <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769812075">free pre-K programs</a> to 4-year-olds, but primarily only offer programs for 3-year-olds on a tuition basis. Those low numbers and access have drawn scrutiny from education advocates, lawmakers and even the candidates running for governor.</p><p>Despite the recent focus on preschool access for Texas children, efforts to expand access may to wait until after the upcoming legislative session.<iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160232270&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:55:30 +0000 Kate McGee 10865 at http://kut.org Despite Campaign Focus, Texas Pre-K Won't Likely Expand Soon After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices http://kut.org/post/after-child-deaths-texas-lawmakers-examine-foster-care-practices <p>Texas lawmakers have already convened several times this year to discuss rampant – and persistent -- problems in the state’s foster care system. On Thursday, another hearing at the Capitol took place to look into what can be changed.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160228190&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, 25 Jul 2014 12:17:12 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10864 at http://kut.org After Child Deaths, Texas Lawmakers Examine Foster Care Practices See 'Oklahoma!' Free in Zilker Park http://kut.org/post/see-oklahoma-free-zilker-park <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Rodgers and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hammerstein</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;musical <em>Oklahoma!</em> debuted on Broadway 71 years ago</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and&nbsp;has remained a popular classic ever since. It was a huge hit in its original Broadway run, spawned an Oscar-winning movie version in 1955, and has been performed countless times in theaters worldwide.</span></p><p>In addition to being crowd-pleasing, though, it was also a ground-breaking production, an important work in the development of the 'book musical,' in which the songs and musical numbers progress the story. That's more or less taken for granted in the modern musical, but it wasn't often the case before <em>Oklahoma!</em> took the stage.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159834633&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, 24 Jul 2014 23:07:42 +0000 Mike Lee 10835 at http://kut.org See 'Oklahoma!' Free in Zilker Park What's Next for Austin's Creative Economy? http://kut.org/post/whats-next-austins-creative-economy <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/11/20/the-surprising-cities-creating-the-most-tech-jobs/" style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Forbes.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, since 2001 tech firms like Apple, Google, and Facebook have expanded employment by 41 percent. This has lead to Austin resembling a smaller Silicon Valley – and Texas as a whole altering the face of its economy.</span></p><p>In keeping with Austin's renowned music scene, many of the region's exports are less about tangible services and more about entertainment and innovative ideas and applications. Economist and <a href="http://www.creativeclass.com/richard_florida/about_richard">author Richard Florida</a> christened such a move to a arts and knowledge-based economy as "The Rise of the Creative Class."<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160137032&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, 24 Jul 2014 20:19:31 +0000 Matthew Price 10850 at http://kut.org What's Next for Austin's Creative Economy? UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence http://kut.org/post/ut-students-stay-israel-despite-ongoing-violence <p>As the conflict between&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/israel-launches-ground-offensive-gaza">Israel and Palestine in Gaza continues</a>, officials with the University of Texas International Office say they've been in close contact with graduate students and faculty conducting research in Israel.</p><p>“None of our students are anywhere near the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” UT International Office risk analyst Erin Wolf says.</p><p>Wolf says six graduate students and a handful of faculty are doing research projects in Israel and that in addition to providing academic support, local universities are also giving them direction.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3" /></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:16:29 +0000 Laura Rice & Audrey McGlinchy 10857 at http://kut.org UT Students Stay in Israel Despite Ongoing Violence How Austin Turned a Dead Department Store Into a Community College http://kut.org/post/how-austin-turned-dead-department-store-community-college <p>To Veronica Escobedo, it resembled a fancy hotel –&nbsp;not quite a college campus.</p><p>But the first-year radiology student said the stylish and comfortable furniture, much of it still wrapped in plastic, would encourage her to stay on <a href="http://www.austincc.edu">Austin Community College</a>’s new campus between classes.</p><p>“There are bigger areas to actually study with people,” Escobedo said. “Most of the time I found myself studying with people off campus. The design and architecture make it really feel like a home.”</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:20:50 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10858 at http://kut.org How Austin Turned a Dead Department Store Into a Community College Why Kids' Summer Activities Could End Up Saving Parents Money http://kut.org/post/why-kids-summer-activities-could-end-saving-parents-money <p>For busy parents, the dog days of summer are less about beating the heat, and more about finding a way to keep the kids preoccupied.</p><p>Activities can range from summer camps to soccer leagues or stints at daycare, but they all have one thing in common: they cost money. But, while there's no such thing as a free summertime preoccupation, the money parents spend on their kids' activities could return later in the form of a welcome tax deduction.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160085307&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, 24 Jul 2014 14:20:21 +0000 Joy Diaz 10856 at http://kut.org Why Kids' Summer Activities Could End Up Saving Parents Money How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year? http://kut.org/post/how-much-do-bad-roads-texas-traffic-cost-drivers-every-year <p>Believe it or not, the state of Texas needs to spend money every year just to maintain current and <a href="post/austin-traffic-slow-and-growing">ever-growing levels of traffic</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.txdot.gov/">Texas Department of Transportation</a> needs at least $4 to 5 billion in additional funds to maintain roads and keep traffic from getting worse. In November, Texans will take to the polls to decide the fate of the agency's request via a <a href="http://movetexasforward.com/about-the-initiative/ballot-proposition/">constitutional amendment</a> for the roadway funding.</p><p>While the sticker shock of that may not sit well with some, <a href="http://www.tripnet.org/docs/TX_Statewide_Transportation_by_the_Numbers_TRIP_Release_072314.pdf">a new study</a> says shaky infrastructure has an annual statewide cost of over $25 billion and Austin drivers an average of $1,700 a year.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160081440&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, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 10855 at http://kut.org How Much Do Bad Roads & Texas Traffic Cost Drivers Every Year?