Life & Arts

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Valentine’s Day is not everybody’s favorite holiday. People in relationships might feel unrealistic expectations to shower their loved ones with flowers and candy. People not in relationships may envy those who are. But haven’t we all seen couples in a restaurant or bar, sitting at the same table – but with their faces in their phones?

Morning Edition host Jennifer Stayton wanted to find out more about that, so she checked in with local psychotherapist and relationship intervention specialist Junice Rockman and author and motivational speaker Rock Rockman, who happen to be husband and wife.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Deborah White recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her daughter Trinity, to share some advice and some reflections on love and marriage.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Austin, the final work of acclaimed artist Ellsworth Kelly, is settling into its home on the UT-Austin campus. 

Before his death in December 2015, the Blanton announced it would build the 2,715-square-foot chapel, which Kelly conceptualized decades ago, but never thought would be completed. 

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Margaret Koch and her good friend Rachel Santos-Ramirez work together at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth recently, where Margaret asked Rachel to share some family memories.

Jessica Attie

In this edition of This Is Just To Say, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Carl Phillips about his poem "White Dog."


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