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The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 9

Jul 13, 2015

Daily Buzz hosts speak with Antero Garcia (Asst. Professor, Colorado State University) and Peter Carlson (Educator, Animo South Los Angeles HS) about how to use comics in the classroom in K-12 settings.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 8

Jul 13, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with Actress/Model Milynn Sarley (Team Unicorn) and Writer/Producer Tory Mell (Roddenberry Entertainment) about White Room 02B3, a short film shot using a 360 camera system, creating a one of a kind, 360° viewing experience. The film, shot in high-definition panoramic video with no gaps or distortion during filming, stars Breckin Meyer, Tamlyn Tomita, David Blue, Rachel True, Tony Janning and Milynn Sarley. The app you'll need to view the film will be available on August 3, 2015 on iTunes, Android and Google Play.

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From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

David Heymann is quick to point out that his debut book, My Beautiful City Austin, is not autobiographical.  He understands why people make the assumption, though; it's pretty common for first-time authors to create characters based on themselves, and his book's central character is a young man named David who is, like the author, an architect living in Austin.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 7

Jul 12, 2015

Daily Buzz spoke with Ryan Peterson (Brand Manager, Rainbow Six Siege-UbiSoft); Michael Kinney (Extra Life, Children's Miracle Network Hospital); Laura Moberg Lavoie (Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA) at the Hilton Hotel in the Gaslamp district across from the San Diego Convention Center at the 46th Annual Comic-Con International San Diego 2015.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 6

Jul 12, 2015

In this episode, The Daily Buzz interviews Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment, and son of Star Trek's Gene Roddenberry). 

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 5

Jul 12, 2015

In this episode, the Daily Buzz interviews Jody Arden (Senior Director, Brand Marketing, USA Networks), who talks about their partnership with Uber at Comicon in San Diego's district to create the largest transportation domination stunt for USA Networks's new drama, 'Colony,' at the Hard Rock Hotel, located directly across from the San Diego Convention Center.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 4

Jul 12, 2015

On this episode, a special edition of Hot Topics with Greg Ellwood (Hitfix), Anne Thompson (TOH/Indiewire), and Kyle Buchanan ( York Magazine) inside the Giant Ape Media Suite at the Marriott Marquis Hotel adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 3

Jul 10, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with David Glanzer, Director of PR and Marketing from San Diego Comicon International and official spokesperson for the organization, at the Press Office Headquarters inside the San Diego Convention Center as the 46thedition of this annual convention kicks off. As an insider, Glanzer shares advice on how best to navigate the festival and what not to miss, talks about Comicon program highlights and chats about why the city of San Diego, the businesses, its residents and volunteers are such an important part of the convention’s success.

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 2

Jul 10, 2015

Daily Buzz speaks with Indiegogo’s Marc Hofstatter around the upcoming web series 'Con Man' at the San Diego Convention Center inside the Sapphire Ballroom just prior to the Comicon panel, 'Con Man - The Fan Revolt 13 Years in the Making: How Indiegogo and Vimeo helped Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion Put Fans First and Realize a Dream Project.'

The Daily Buzz at Comic-Con: Episode 1

Jul 10, 2015

The Daily Buzz at Comicon International San Diego spoke with filmmakers Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne about their documentary, "The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?" on the patio of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, overlooking the San Diego Bay.

Live music in Austin this weekend includes performances by R&B legend Shuggie Otis, local rapper Phranchyze and funk-soul band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Hear clips from those performers and others as KUT's Nathan Bernier asks KUTX program director Matt Reilly about the shows on his radar this weekend.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Founder and Managing Editor of and author of Careeranista: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College.

Just 30 minutes of watching the nightly news is enough to make the average woman graduating from college want to crawl beneath the covers. The headlines always seem to come back to the sluggish economy, high rate of unemployment, fierce competition for jobs, and ultimately, just how unlucky young professionals are for having to build a career amid such misfortune.

The bad news? It really is a tough time for recent graduates. The good news? Armed with her new book, young women can gain the knowledge and insight needed to begin crafting rewarding careers despite any obstacles they may face.

Ralph Arveson

Hear some of the artists in Austin this weekend as we ask KUTX program director Matt Reilly about some of the shows on his radar. 

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with legendary blues musician B.B. King. King died on May 14, 2015. He was 89.

The winner of 15 Grammy Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, and more, King leaves a legacy of influence on American music. Coming from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, he remained true to the blues, and won millions of fans including the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and U.S. Presidents.

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From Texas Standard:

Actor Jason Schwartzman is a Californian through and through. He was born in LA and is part of the storied Coppola film clan – led by Schwartzman’s uncle Francis Ford Coppola. Before he turned to film, he was a musician. And his band Phantom Planet’s most famous song? “California.”

But Schwartzman is Texan by association. He’s best known for his work with Houstonian Wes Anderson – and North Texas brothers Luke and Owen Wilson. One of the two films he was promoting at this year’s South by Southwest was filmed in Austin.

In recent years, the production company Doctuh Mistuh has staged crowd-pleasing musical versions of Evil Dead, Silence of the Lambs, and Reefer Madness; it's safe to say that pop culture musical theater is in their wheelhouse. So it's not too surprising that they're the company that secured the rights to produce the regional premiere of Heathers, the Musical, based on the 1988 dark comedy cult film. 

Bill Oriani

Rising rents in Austin's Red River Cultural District are prompting the closure of Holy Mountain, a music venue that opened in 2012 at 617 East 7th Street. Holy Mountain's last show will be September 27.

The venue's operating group took over a four-year lease from the former tenants, Beauty Bar. The lease expires at the end of September, and general manager James Taylor says the landlord wants to raise the rent from $5,500 a month to $8,000, not including taxes, insurance and maintenance. 

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. conclude his conversation with Ylonda Gault Caviness, veteran journalists, education advocate and author of ‘Child, Please: How Mama’s Old School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself.’

Caviness was raised on P-Funk and chicken wings by a mama whose “expert” advice was a beat-down glare and five simple words: Don’t. Make. Me. Hurt. You. When she became a mother herself, she flouted Mama’s old-fashioned ways.

Television icon Regis Philbin and comedy legend Don Rickles have been performing live shows together for a while now. Philbin, who's been half of more than one famous entertainment team, working with people like Joey Bishop and Kelly Ripa, says that Rickles tops his list of favorite co-performers.

"First of all, he's the funniest guy of all the comedians that Hollywood ever had," says Philbin, who was working as an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles when he met Rickles.