Jennifer Stayton

Host, Morning Edition

I feel very lucky to have been born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. An English teacher at my high school, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, once suggested to the class that we tune in to KUT 90.5 for Paul Ray’s “Twine Time.” I have been a public radio fan ever since.

My original career path – Psychology – took a back seat to radio after I started volunteering at the Williams College student radio station during my time there.

I have worked for commercial and public radio stations in sales, music, production, and news. I stopped along the way to get a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University in Radio-Television-Film. I have been the anchor and host of “Morning Edition” on KUT since May of 2004.

When I am not napping (that 3:30 a.m. alarm comes awfully early during the week!) I enjoy time with my husband Charles, stepdaughter Samantha, and our cat and hamster. I also enjoy watching UT Longhorn football and and experiencing all that is cool about Austin.

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SXSW
7:00 am
Sat March 9, 2013

SXSW: Bob Garfield on the New Rules for Effective Adverstising

Bob Garfield looks like a nice guy. He could be a good friend, right? He argues that's how companies and advertisers now have to treat the public - just like people treat each other in one-on-one-relationships.

Remember some of those catchy old commercial jingles: "plop, plop fizz, fizz".... or "you deserve a break today?' Well, a fragmented mass media audience and ever-evolving technologies may be making those a thing of the past.

Bob Garfield is an advertising critic, author, consultant, and co-host of NPR's "On the Media" (quick plug: you can hear it Sunday mornings at 9:00 on KUT 90.5). He says companies have to trade in the old rules of reaching the mass market with the a new set of rules that mimic the way people treat each other. 

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Books
4:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Former Austinite's Memoir Not Your Usual Mother-Daughter Story

Domenica Ruta says her years in Austin at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin were pivotal in beginning to sever the tumultuous relationship she had with her mother.
Meredith Zinner

Domenica Ruta had a childhood some kids would envy- ice cream for breakfast; shopping trips and movies instead of school sometimes; no real rules at home. But for every dream moment like those, there were the nightmares, too - a drug addicted mother; the constant threat of violence; and the joking encouragement to become a teen mother.

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On-Air Schedule
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

'TED Radio Hour' Host Talks TED

NPR's Guy Raz stepped down as host of "Weekend All Things Considered" to host the "TED Radio Hour." His first day on the show is March 2.

Listeners to the "TED Radio Hour" Saturday afternoons at 2:00 and Thursday nights at 10:00 on KUT will hear a new voice on the show. NPR's Guy Raz takes over as host of the show this month.

KUT’s Jennifer Stayton talked with Raz about the new version of the show. The first episode, “The Unquiet Mind,” airs Saturday on KUT.

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Journalism
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

UT Journalist Searches for the Story Behind 'The Searchers'

Glenn Frankel's book "The Searchers" weaves the real story of Cynthia Ann Parker's abduction and rescue into the story of the making of the iconic John Ford-directed film.

It's John Wayne at his John-Waynest. In the film "The Searchers," Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, who relentlessly pursues his niece Debbie after her abduction by Comanche Indians in Texas.  The film's story is based in the life of Cynthia Ann Parker, a nine-year-old girl kidnapped by Comanches from her family's East Texas settlement in 1836. End of story, right? Wrong.

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Politics
5:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Former Atlanta Mayor Franklin Brings Stories from Trailblazing Career to LBJ School

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was the first African-American woman elected mayor of a major Southern city.
Photo courtesy of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

"The Sewer Mayor." It's a label Shirley Franklin wears with pride. She served as Mayor of Atlanta from 2002-2010 and says she worked hard to forge consensus on critical issues such as the city's water supply.

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Texas
7:26 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Texas Valentine: LBJ's Love Letters to Lady Bird

A young Lyndon Johnson and Claudia Taylor. The LBJ Museum is releasiing LBJ's love letters courting his future wife.
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum is releasing never-before-seen love letters written by the former president and his soon-to-be bride.

Regina Greenwell is the senior archivist at the LBJ Library. She says the letters paint a picture of a 26-year-old Lyndon Johnson who made up his mind about Claudia Taylor – then known as “Bird” – on their first date.

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Scientology
4:09 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Listen: Austin Author Lawrence Wright on 'Going Clear,' His Controversial Book on Scientology

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright believes religion is a more powerful influence in people's lives than politics.
Kenny Braun

 Audio FileKUT's Jennifer Stayton talks with Austin author Lawrence Wright about his latest book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief."Edit | Remove

What do Gloria Swanson and Tom Cruise have in common?

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Arts and Culture
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

UT Prof Works to Define Elusive Concept of Happiness

People define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal.
flickr.com/trufflepig

We all think we know what happy means. But when you get down to it, how would we actually define it? Raj Raghunathan has tried. He teaches marketing at UT’s McCombs School of Business. He studies, among other things, consumer behavior, decision theory, and happiness. Raghunathan says different people define happiness differently, but a couple of traits are universal. It’s a positive emotion, and we want to experience it. But, he says, pursuing society’s most common markers of happiness won’t actually get us there.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Here's the ABCs of P3s (aka Public-Private Partnerships)

The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is recommending tighter laws governing some public-private partnerships.
Erik Reyna, KUT News

Public-private partnerships have been back in the news lately,  after the Sunset Advisory Commission put a halt to some development projects being discussed for the Capitol area. Lawmakers want to tighten up some of the laws governing the Texas Facilities Commission and public-private partnerships, or P3's.

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AM Update
8:32 am
Mon May 28, 2012

AM Update: Memorial Day Roundup, Austin Planetarium Plans, Spurs' Streak Continues

An artist's rendering of the science and technology museum that would be part of a complex proposed by the Austin Planetarium.
Image courtesy austinplanetarium.org

Memorial Day 2012 Events

Central Texans have several opportunities today to honor veterans for their service. Ceremonies are being held at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin and at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City in Georgetown.

The City of Austin is expecting between 2,500 and 3,000 runners to pound the pavement today for the Capital of Texas Triathlon. You might think you'll catch a break from traffic troubles because of lighter than usual holiday traffic, but the Triathlon is causing some downtown street closures until approximately 3 p.m.

Hitting the road or the water today? Make sure to take a look at our public safety tips and warnings this Memorial Day.

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Austin
8:44 am
Sun January 15, 2012

Top Morning Stories Sunday, January 15, 2012: Conservative Leaders Back Santorum; MLK Day Coming

Texas Governor Rick Perry signs autographs in South Carolina ahead of next Saturday's GOP presidential primary. Photo by Jay Root of The Texas Tribune.

Evangelical Leaders Meeting in Texas Pick Rick.... Santorum, That Is

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Austin
8:14 am
Thu November 24, 2011

Top Morning Stories 11/24/11: Happy Thanksgiving!

UT's days of playing at Kyle Field in College Station come to an end tonight. Photo courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalooz/

Get Your Trot On

An estimated 20,000 runners will be burning off their Thanksgiving feast calories before the big meal at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. That means some road closures in and around downtown Austin this morning. Click here for more information on the race, route, and road closures.

Taking a Thanksgiving Break

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Austin
8:30 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Top Morning Stories 11/6/11: Time Change, Rain on the Way?

Soldiers in the 1st Cavalry, 3rd Brigade at Fort Hood deployed in December 2008 to Iraq.
Photo by Erika Aguilar for KUT News.

What Time is It?

Not to be smart-alecky, but just a quick reminder to make sure you set your clocks back one hour before going to sleep Saturday night. Yes, this is the glorious "fall back" weekend when we get one hour of extra sleep. Perhaps you used that extra hour to celebrate the Texas Longhorns' football win over Texas Tech Saturday 52-20?

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Austin
9:15 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Top Morning Stories Sunday, October 23, 2011

Another sunny.... and busy day... today in Central Texas. Click here for the YNN Sunday forecast.

The Write Stuff

The Texas Book Festival concludes today at the State Capitol Complex. Click here for schedule information on today's author appearances. And you can hear interviews with many book festival authors at KUT's main website.

Budget Cuts' Impact on Compliance and Oversight

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Breaking
6:30 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Bastrop Fire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate

Smoke can be seen for miles as fire sweeps through Bastrop County. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

12:00 a.m. UPDATE: More from KUT's Matt Largey at Bastrop Middle School:

"The folks sitting here, looking around, they look like they're kind of in shock. Obviously this is a difficult situation for them. They look exactly as you'd expect somebody to look like, who's just had to flee their home because of a wildfire."

Bastrop Middle School is one of several shelters set up for Bastrop County residents who've been forced to evacuate.

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wildfire
4:02 pm
Sun September 4, 2011

Brush Fire Forces Pflugerville Evacuation

Amy and Manny Pena and their dog, Mija, evacuated to Hendrickson High School after a wildfire threatened their home. The evacuation order has since been lifted. Photo by Matt Largey for KUT News.

6:00 p.m. update: KUT's Matt Largey reports the  brush fire at Hodde Lane and Cele Road in Pflugerville has been about 40% contained. The evacuation order has been lifted for the 180 or so households that had been evacuated to Hendrickson High School. The fire is no longer threatening subdivisions. Rural farmhouses or structures that may still be at risk will be evacuated individually on case-by-case basis as needed.

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