Jimmy Maas

Producer, Morning Edition

I grew up in Austin and studied journalism at the University of Texas.  I began my radio career making fun of headlines on local sports and news talk shows. I moved to New York City to be a comic. Found some pretty good "day jobs” managing a daily news radio show for the Wall Street Journal and later, producing business news for Bloomberg Television.  Upon returning to Austin, I dabbled in many things, including hosting nights and weekends on KUT and producing nightly TV news.  Now I’m waking up early to make Morning Edition on KUT even better than it already is.

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Life magazine once dubbed Madalyn Murray O’Hair “the most hated woman in America.” This week, a feature film about the longtime Austinite’s life and tragic death made its debut at South by Southwest.

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If the robot takeover happens, Austin may face its share of the blame. At this year’s South by Southwest festival, there are more than 30 panel discussions about robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. That’s not even including vendors, the creative works by filmmakers, and bands and booths that explore the subject.

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At this time in 2015, the local film industry was still basking in the success of Boyhood, shot largely in the Austin area. Back then, the Lone Star State was the backdrop for several feature films and scripted TV shows.

Two years later, it's a different story.

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Academy Award-winner and sometime-Austinite Matthew McConaughey has waded into political commentary, of sorts. While appearing on the BBC’s "Andrew Marr Show" to promote his new movie “Gold,” the actor was asked if left-leaning Hollywood stars should give Donald Trump a break.

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Circuit of the Americas may not be the only stop on the Formula One circuit in the U.S. for long. New F1 CEO Chase Carey said Tuesday that he'd like to see expansion of the sport stateside. That could include a street race in New York, Los Angeles, Miami or Las Vegas.

Bobby Epstein, chairman of Circuit of the Americas, said another U.S. race will make F1 stronger.

Jillian Schantz Patrick for KUT News

Most of us ride up and down highways without giving them a second thought. But there seems to be something different about MoPac. The glorified parking lot known, at least officially, as Loop 1 has given many a driver plenty of time to ponder its quirks while stuck in traffic.

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UPDATE (6 p.m., Saturday): A longtime spokesperson for Rep. Dawnna Dukes told KUT News Saturday evening that the report of Dukes' change of plans would be news to him.

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It’s a cloudy, cold Friday. It’s midday on Lady Bird Lake and the air above it is just about 32 degrees Fahrenheit. And the north wind isn't making it feel any warmer for the 90 or so rowers – most of whom are wearing shorts.

They are members of University of Wisconsin Men’s Rowing team. More than 60 varsity rowers, 30-plus freshman, along with coaches and support staff are out – in this weather – for their second of three workouts today. Because as cold as it is, it’s not Wisconsin.

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These days, many Americans would prefer to “age in place” – or stay in their home as long as they can live safely, independently and comfortably. How long will depend on each individual, but there’s a lab in Austin hoping to extend the timeline for all of us – with robots.

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Austin Wednesday. The organization that helped shatter the color barrier in the NBA is being led on the court by a man who helped break racial barriers in Austin.

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The third annual Beer Mile World Championships will be held in Austin Saturday. As the sport continues grow, new deals may take the beer mile to whole new level.

The rules for the beer mile are simple enough. Drink a beer, run a quarter mile, drink another beer, run another lap. If you repeat that two more times, without throwing up, you have officially completed a beer mile. The beer mile rules were codified in Canada in the early '90s. But lately, it’s had a bit of a renaissance, thanks in part to the Beer Mile World Championships.

City of Cedar Park

Last week, Cedar Park officials unfurled its new city flag. It marked the end of an eight-month community effort to find –hopefully- a lasting symbol for the Austin suburb.

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Twenty-five years ago today, four girls were murdered in a North Austin yogurt shop. Dozens of lives were forever changed and Austin lost much of its innocence. Despite years of investigations, we’re still asking the same questions that were asked that night.

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Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton really likes Austin.

“This race, the whole weekend, Austin, the city, the atmosphere, it’s been unbelievable,” said Hamilton. “It’s the only Grand Prix that I go out to dinner every single night. There is no other grand prix where I go out to dinner every single night.”

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

New world race car champions were crowned in Austin this week and it was decided miles away from the Circuit of the Americas at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake.


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After years of planning and consideration, a proposal to build a commuter rail line from Georgetown to San Antonio is now dead. The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) voted last night to remove the Lone Star Rail District from its long-range plan. 


Devin Pedde

"A Prairie Home Companion" debuts its new season this weekend, just months after longtime host Garrison Keillor signed off from his last update from Lake Wobegon. In his place is a new host and an even bigger emphasis on the show’s music.

Musician Chris Thile is a four-time Grammy winner. He’s one of the world’s preeminent mandolin players and has received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. Now Thile has perhaps his biggest task ahead of him: taking the helm of one of the staple programs on public radio and convincing longtime listeners, it’s going to be okay.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Education should be a lifelong pursuit, but who has that kind of time? That’s why the idea of one-day university would be intriguing to those looking to expand horizons in a tight time frame. So, earlier this week, some Austinites packed up their number two pencils and swim trunks and headed off to Barton Springs University.


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For years now, Austin designer Jared Ficklin has been preaching the gospel of urban cable – the concept of using gondolas whisking commuters and tourists to and from downtown, the airport, wherever, solving at least some of Austin’s transit woes.


Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The Lone Star Le Mans Series returns to Circuit of the Americas this weekend. It is not exactly like its much more prestigious relative, the 24 hours of Le Mans. The biggest difference? It’s not 24 hours – just six. And there’s more than one race, but the two big ones are Saturday at COTA where you’ll be able to watch more than just cars circling the track. You’ll get a glimpse of the future.


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