KUT http://kut.org en One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents http://kut.org/post/one-woman-817-children-caring-kids-undocumented-parents The recent increase in the number of unaccompanied, undocumented minors immigrating across the border has left tens of thousands of children waiting in limbo. But thousands of children who are already American citizens also face an uncertain future — because their parents are not in the country legally.<p>If their parents get deported, those minors could end up in foster care, or adopted by strangers.<p>Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of 817 American children of undocumented immigrants. Should a parent be deported, Sandigo steps in to arrange care for the children they leave behind. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:56:21 +0000 NPR Staff 10877 at http://kut.org One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents 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? U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting http://kut.org/post/us-embassy-compound-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting <em><strong>Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.<p>"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:06:32 +0000 Scott Neuman 10876 at http://kut.org U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting 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 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band http://kut.org/post/reign-purple-rain <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVDdm-bpKY</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:16:56 +0000 10867 at http://kut.org 'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band 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 Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play http://kut.org/post/kerry-presents-proposal-seven-day-truce-gaza <em><strong>Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called reports that Israel's government had rejected a U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:19:15 +0000 10866 at http://kut.org Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play 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 Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday http://kut.org/post/israel-gaza-conflict-what-know-friday <em><strong>Updated at 5:35 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>As the conflict between Israel and Gaza approaches the three-week mark, the fighting seems to have only intensified. At least 119 Palestinians <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334857126/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-to-know">were killed Thursday</a>, making it the bloodiest day of the war.<p>Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo and has handed over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335178840/kerry-presents-proposal-for-seven-day-truce-in-gaza">a proposal for a seven-day truce</a>. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:07:20 +0000 10863 at http://kut.org Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday 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 Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? http://kut.org/post/who-are-kids-migrant-crisis Since October, a staggering 57,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been apprehended at the southwestern U.S. border. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:59 +0000 10861 at http://kut.org Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis? U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV http://kut.org/post/us-teens-still-lag-getting-vaccinated-against-hpv Though the vaccine against human papilloma virus is highly effective in preventing certain forms of cancer, the number of preteens getting the vaccine is still dismally low, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.<p>"One of the top five reasons parents listed is that it hadn't been recommended to them by a doctor or nurse," the CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/schuchat.htm">Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:35:19 +0000 Nicholas St. Fleur 10860 at http://kut.org U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV 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