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Stenciled designs made with colored powder ran along the edges of a South Austin porch Saturday. This traditional rangoli was displayed between little oil lamps called diyas as part of the Diwali tradition. Inside, a dozen young Indian families celebrated.

It was the last day of Diwali, or Deepawali, the festival of lights. The holiday is considered a celebration of good conquering evil or light overcoming darkness.

This year, the Latino Comedy Project is celebrating their 20th anniversary by getting the band back together for a one-weekend-only performance of their latest multimedia sketch comedy show, Gentrif***ed

Black AIDS Institute

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Phill Wilson, president and chief executive officer of the Black AIDS Institute, decades after the virus was first discovered.  

The Writer’s Almanac

Oct 18, 2017

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor educates, entertains and inspires with brief facts and poetry related to each day's date. It celebrates the birthdays and works of poets, writers, composers, philosophers and historical figures. You will find the daily episode of The Writer’s Almanac on this page right here on Find more information about the program and the complete catalog of past episodes at


Google’s latest Doodle pays tribute to the late Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla-Perez, whose debut album was released Oct. 17, 1989.

The project was pitched by Perla Campos, a Granbury native and the global marketing lead for Google Doodle. She says it was important for her to see Latino culture represented on the front page.

“I’ve never seen myself on the Google homepage, and I think that’s so important for so many people,” Campos said.