KUT http://kut.org en 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 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 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? Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol http://kut.org/post/amid-wave-child-immigrants-reports-abuse-border-patrol Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.<p>Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:38:11 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10854 at http://kut.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol Air Algerie: Jet Likely Crashed In Mali With 116 Aboard http://kut.org/post/authorities-lose-contact-air-algerie-aircraft <em><strong>Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Air Algerie says an MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has likely crashed in Mali.<p>Mali's president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, was quoted by Reuters as saying wreckage from the airplane had been spotted in the country's north between Aguelhoc and Kidal, but he gave no other details. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:43 +0000 10853 at http://kut.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://kut.org/post/cope-child-immigrants-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:38:05 +0000 Ailsa Chang 10852 at http://kut.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November http://kut.org/post/pollsters-are-coming-what-means-texas-voters-november <p>In the Texas Tribune today, Aman Batheja r<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/23/media-consortium-plans-more-exit-polling-in-texas/">eports on a significant change</a> that has researchers and politicos drooling: Exit polls are returning to Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Batheja</span>&nbsp;writes:</p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year, with a high-profile gubernatorial race on the November ballot, the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.edisonresearch.com/election-research-services/exit-polling-faq-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-nep-exit-poll#.U87gWYBdWOU" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Election Pool</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to conduct more robust exit polling in Texas this year, giving&nbsp;researchers and political analysts the means to better examine the outcome.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160000054&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 10851 at http://kut.org The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Rolllout Back Another Year http://kut.org/post/texas-wants-push-new-teacher-evaluation-rolllout-back-another-year <p>Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants an additional year to study a new state teacher evaluation system. The additional period would delay the official roll out for two years.</p><p>Commissioner Williams wrote a letter to federal education officials Wednesday, where he also requested the federal government extend a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements.</p><p>In a statement, Williams said:</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:02 +0000 Kate McGee 10849 at http://kut.org Texas Wants to Push New Teacher Evaluation Rolllout Back Another Year Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://kut.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/early_vote_site_140218.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10848 at http://kut.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions http://kut.org/post/report-new-law-led-statewide-drop-abortions <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The number&nbsp;of abortions in Texas decreased by about&nbsp;13 percent statewide and 21 percent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley following the passage of strict abortion regulations that went into effect last November, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001078241400568X" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">report</a>&nbsp;that academic researchers released Wednesday.& Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:38:41 +0000 Gilad Edelman, Texas Tribune 10847 at http://kut.org Report: New Law Led to Statewide Drop in Abortions You Can Thank This Fly for Advances in Hearing Aid Technology http://kut.org/post/you-can-thank-fly-advances-hearing-aid-technology <p>Imagine being in a room full of people –&nbsp;a cacophony of conversations and noise. Despite standing right next to someone, you strain to hear her voice.</p><p>People who use hearing aids often struggle to focus on one voice – especially in noisy environments. They could crank up the volume on their hearing aids – but that would also crank up the volume of everything else in the background.</p><p><a href="http://www.ece.utexas.edu/people/faculty/neal-hall">Professor Neal Hall</a> and his group of graduate students from the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/">Cockrell School of Engineering</a> at the University of Texas offers a solution: a device that mimics the hearing powers of a fly.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159952768&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:12:22 +0000 David Brown & ChinLin Pan 10843 at http://kut.org You Can Thank This Fly for Advances in Hearing Aid Technology White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza http://kut.org/post/white-house-adviser-cease-fire-should-include-demilitarization-gaza A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."<p>"There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said.<p>Asked if this means the U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:51:50 +0000 10844 at http://kut.org White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-aisds-new-performing-art-center-jaime-padron-elementary <p>Construction continues on two Austin school district buildings that are set to open this academic school year. The two sites – a performing arts center in the Mueller development and Jaime D. Padron&nbsp;Elementary School near Rundberg Lane and U.S. Highway 183 – will meet the needs of Austin's expanding population.</p><p>The new performance arts center isn’t expected to be complete until November, with grand opening events in January of next year. But the shell of the 1,200-seat auditorium is already visible. The center will house everything from performance and rehearsal rooms, to a recording studio and a kiln for visual art.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159934751&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:19 +0000 Kate McGee 10842 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside AISD's New Performing Art Center & Jaime Padron Elementary Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country http://kut.org/post/police-officer-deaths-are-rise-across-country <p>The number of law officer deaths across the nation has risen dramatically so far this year, <a href="http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/reports/2014-Mid-Year-Fatalities-Report.pdf">according to a report</a> from the <a href="http://www.nleomf.com/">National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund</a>.</p><p>During the first half of this year, 67 law enforcement officers in the U.S. were killed while on duty – a 31 percent increase over the same period last year.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159932109&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> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:34:42 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10841 at http://kut.org Police Officer Deaths Are on the Rise Across the Country Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://kut.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:36:50 +0000 10840 at http://kut.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?