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Internet Privacy
10:38 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers?

"We haven't had a high court decision in our state to determine how hard, or how easy, it should be for a company to unmask an anonymous blogger,” says professor Nicole Casarez.
flickr.com/grahamsblog

Let's say you're angry with your boss.  You go online and vent in an anonymous post. It's therapeutic, sure. But now your boss wants to sue for defamation.  

In Texas, courts haven't settled on guidelines for online defamation. But a little-discussed case before the Texas Supreme Court could help determine if the state can force companies like Google to identify anonymous bloggers.

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Presidential history
7:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Interview: Pulitzer Prize Author Takes Close Look at Woodrow Wilson's Legacy

Woodrow Wilson and William Taft. Berg combed through hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives for this biography.
Putnam Books

One hundred years ago, a president took office who would set the course of the American century, end an era of isolationism, set the stage for the New Deal and eventually become one of the most controversial and fundamentally misunderstood figures ever to lead the nation.

A new biography corrects a lot of misconceptions about the 28th president, but perhaps more importantly humanizes and brings to life an important figure in the American narrative.

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Roundtable Discussion
7:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Big Screen or Small: In TV's New Golden Age, Does Size Still Matter?

Alex Smith, David Brown, Rob Thomas and Barb Morgan. The panel discussed the popularity of television vs. feature films.
Mose Buchele, KUT News

In a recent editorial in the entertainment industry magazine Variety, the headline seemed to say what a lot of people have been thinking recently: TV needs to get over its inferiority complex. 

"Breaking Bad." "House of Cards." "Mad Men." "Homeland." Those are just a few recent series made for the small screen which may be giving the big screen a run for its money and for critical acclaim.

KUT's David Brown sat down with industry experts to find an answer to the following question: does size still matter?

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Photojournalism
11:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Magnum Photos: Upholding Standards, Adapting to Technology

"Nicaragua. Matagalpa. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard."
Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos ©1978

Some of the most iconic images of the past decade – from the photos taken of prisoners at Abu Ghraib to the passengers standing on the wing of US Airways Flight 1549 after a miraculous landing on New York’s Hudson River – have been taken not by professional photographers, but by amateurs.

We are sharing more photos per second than ever before in our history, primarily thanks to  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With all those images available at our fingertips – and with a camera on every smartphone – how do professional photographers stay relevant (and stay employed)? 

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Politics
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

A Clash of Americas: Dan Balz' 'Collision 2012'

Dan Balz chronicled the the race for the 2012 presidency, interviewing candidates including Gov. Rick Perry.
Image courtesy of Google Books

Remembering the 2012 presidential election brings a slew of bipartisan memories – from Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks to Obama’s pre-election comment to Russian president Dimitri Medvedev that he would deal with the EU’s missile defense system after his would-be election. Dan Balz’ chronicled the election and spoke first-hand with candidates for his latest book, "Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America." 

The book’s title reflects the clash between Democrats and Republicans – and between the 2008 election and the cutthroat 2012 Republican primary.

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Technology
9:29 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Could 'Respect' Instead of 'Like' Lead to More Civil Discourse Online?

Natalie Stroud of the Engaging News Project. A part of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the ENP researches new ways to engage online audiences.
Engaging News Project

When it comes to news, what do you like?

We all tend to gravitate toward the things we like and avoid the things we don’t but, according to UT Professor Natalie Stroud, that’s bad news for democracy. As director of the Engaging News Project, Stroud has come up with an intriguing proposition: What if we replace the ‘like’ button with a ‘respect’ button?

Stroud spoke with KUT’s David Brown on the Engaging News Project’s recent experiment.

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Higher Education
12:26 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Bill Powers Talks UT Athletics, Budget and the Rise of Texas A&M

From left to right: UT-Austin President Bill Powers, UT spokesperson Gary Susswein and KUT’s David Brown in the KUT studios at the Belo Center for New Media.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

There are few venues in public life where money, sports, politics and policy combine with as much volatility as at a major public university. Given the sheer size of The University of Texas at Austin, President William Powers finds himself constantly in the news.

Powers sat down with KUT"s David Brown to talk about the future of the most lucrative collegiate athletic program in the country, the school's "thin" budget and potential job cuts that could reduce UT's workforce by 20 percent.

 

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Borderlands
4:30 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Acclaimed Author Luis Alberto Urrea on Borders, Bias, and Breaking Down Barriers

Luis Alberto Urrea is speaking Tuesday, Oct. 15 at UT's College of Communication. His talk, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World” will begin at 7 p.m.
Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea is one of the most distinguished writers in America.  Just don’t tell him that.  Urrea is refreshingly self-effacing when forced to talk about his status as an award-winning and best-selling author. He is perhaps best known for “The Devil’s Highway,” which won the Lannan Literary Award in 2004. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.

 

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Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dogs, Trains and a Piano: How Austin Sounds Inspired a New Album

Ben Johnson in his studio. Johnson originally came to Austin to attend The University of Texas at Austin.
Ben Johnson

Many people the world over are inspired by the 'Austin sound.' But Dallas native and composer Ben Johnson found his inspiration in the sounds of Austin. Literally.

In fact, "The Sounds of Austin, Texas" is the title of his new album – a collection of impressionistic pieces inspired by his adopted hometown, where he studied music in college. Johnson considers his latest album a collection of love songs to Austin. 

Johnson mixes field audio recordings from sites all over the Austin area with his own custom piano compositions, each dedicated to a particular place.  

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Economy
3:16 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

How a Mexican Boom Could Be the Next Big Thing for Texas

This year, Mexico's economy is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.7 percent. Joseph Parilla of the Brookings Institution says that's not the whole story.
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This year, economists in Mexico are predicting an anemic growth rate for the country of 1.7 percent. Some say the number could be closer to 1.4 percent. However, longtime Mexico watchers, including Brookings analyst Joseph Parilla, say that’s not the big story.  

“In the Mexican case, they had robust growth last year and if you look past 2013, projections are still relatively good,” Parilla says. “Growth rates are between 3.5 and 4 percent over the next five years. I think the general consensus is while 2013 will prove a difficult year for the Mexican economy, there should be a pretty quick rebound after."

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Politics
3:06 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Columnist Eugene Robinson Talks Texas, Obamacare, and the Era of Gridlock

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson.

In the mid-1970’s, Eugene Robinson began his career in journalism. He joined The Washington Post in the '80's, covering domestic and foreign affairs before moving on to a managing editor post.

More recently, Robinson's become known nationally as a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and contributor to MSNBC. Prior to his appearance at the University of Texas to deliver this year's Mary Alice Davis Distinguished Lecture in Journalism, Robinson stopped by the KUT studios to talk about the current political climate and how the politics of Texas – and healthcare – factor into it. 

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Texas Tribune Festival
10:03 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Austin's 'Woodstock for Wonks' Brings Out Texas' Political Rockstars

Likely gubernatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, closed out this year’s TribFest.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

In a city fond of festivals – from Austin City Limits to Pachanga Fest – the just concluded Texas Tribune Festival stands out as the most successful event of its kind. Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith calls it 'Woodstock for Wonks': three days of peace, politics and policy on the UT-Austin campus, featuring a who's-who of Texas politicos.  

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Energy & Environment
6:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Bad Was the BP Oil Spill? Three Years On, Some Answers

A Gulf of Mexico copepod: Not pretty, but essential to an ecosystem.
Credit www.fcps.edu

The extent of the environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the BP oil disaster is largely unknown to the public; much of the data remains sealed because of litigation. But now scientists at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are shedding important new light on the subject. And the news is not good. 

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2014 Governor's Race
6:30 am
Thu September 26, 2013

'The Overcomer': How Greg Abbott is Staking his Claim on the Governor's Mansion

The new cover of Texas Monthly is likely to ruffle some feathers. 

It depicts Attorney General Greg Abbott in his wheelchair, shotgun slung over his shoulder. In bold print above him are the words "The Gov," with an asterisk. In small print: "Barring an unlikely occurrence." 

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Politics
8:45 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Interview: The Calculus of a Wendy Davis Run for Governor

Wendy Davis during her filibuster of abortion-restricting Senate Bill 5. "She is now an official, certified celebrity who has some life and legs beyond this election cycle," Evan Smith says.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT

Not since Ann Richards has the star of a Texas Democrat risen as fast or conspicuously as that of Wendy Davis.

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