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Arts and Culture
1:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Harry Ransom Center Names New Director

Stephen Enniss will be the seventh director of the Harry Ransom Center.
Julie Ainsworthulie Ainsworth Folger Shakespeare Library

The University of Texas announced Stephen Enniss, the current head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been named the new director of the Harry Ransom Center.

“The Ransom Center is among the finest research libraries in the country with unparalleled holdings and a storied past,” Enniss said in a statement.  "I am honored to join my new colleagues there in helping to extend further its important and ongoing cultural work.”

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Arts and Culture
12:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello, 'America's Sweet Heart', Has Died

Headshot portrait of American actor and singer Annette Funicello.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:23 pm

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Arts and Culture
10:09 am
Mon April 8, 2013

AMOA's Louis Grachos Brings New Art Vision to Austin

AMOA-Arthouse's new Director, Louis Grachos, wants to create a new contemporary art program that promotes education and community.
AMOA-ArtHouse

Cathy Byrd speaks with AMOA's Louis Grachos about becoming AMOA-Arthouse's new director.

Austin Museum of Art-ArtHouse (known as AMOA-ArtHouse), a hybrid art institution situated at the edge of Lake Austin and in Downtown Austin, has a new leader. Louis Grachos was selected to direct AMOA-ArtHouse after a 7-month international search. Grachos, who directed the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, for the past decade, talks about his ideas for contemporary art programming and his aim to raise the national profile of Austin’s art scene.

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Billie Holiday: To Touch The Sun

Billie Holiday once said, “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” 

As we look back on her life and legacy, we gain a deep appreciation for Holiday's unique voice and the authenticity and openness of her approach to music. Even as she struggled with drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships and racism, she maintained a raw understanding of her perspective.

Listen to our contemplation of Billie Holiday's life and works below.

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Arts and Culture
8:49 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave.

Congress Avenue might become the creative core of Austin.
Art Alliance Austin

Will Congress Avenue become the creative core of Austin? Some art and business leaders think so, and they're trying to make it happen.

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Arts and Culture
5:31 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Afghanistan Stories From the Walking Wounded

"Outside the Wire" collects the stories of soldiers in Afghanistan.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

It’s been more than 11 years since the United States' war in Afghanistan began.  Nearly 20,000 U.S. military men and women have come back injured from the war.

Every one of those injuries has a story behind it.  Some were collected by Christine Dumaine Leche, a creative writing teacher at Austin Community College. She left her home and family to work with soldiers in Afghanistan, helping them to write about their experiences in a long and historic war.

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Arts and Culture
7:53 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Should All Women Heed Author's Advice To 'Lean In'?

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, speaks at a luncheon for the American Society of News Editors in San Diego.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 11:04 am

Sheryl Sandberg's controversial new book on women and leadership, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, currently tops Amazon's best-seller list in "Business Management and Leadership" alongside Decisive (Chip Heath and Dan Heath),

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April Fools
8:10 am
Mon April 1, 2013

If Something Smells Funny, Remember What Day It Is

Spaghetti is "harvested" in 1961 from the ceiling of an Italian restaurant in London. A 1957 April Fools Day report by the BBC about spaghetti trees fooled many, and has been famous since.
Keystone/Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 4:59 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': 'Hootie and the Time Travelers'

Google Nose was unveiled Monday morning. It's "the new scentsation in search." Just put your nose to the screen to sample "15M+ sentibytes." Google's also offering new options to its "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, including "I'm Feeling Wonderful" and "I'm Feeling Hungry."

Twitter is out with "Twttr," a version that only lets you use consonants.

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Arts and Culture
7:24 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better

Illustration by NPR

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 7:50 am

To err is human.

So is refusing to apologize for those errors.

From toddlers and talk show hosts to preteens and presidents, we all know people who have done stupid, silly and evil things, then squared their jaws and told the world they've done nothing wrong.

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Religion
2:11 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Humble Gestures are New Pope Francis' Symbol of Service

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Center during the mass of the Lord's Supper on Thursday in Rome.
L'Osservatore Romano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 3:55 pm

Sometimes great change can be revealed in small gestures. This week Pope Francis knelt on the stone floor of a detention facility in Rome to wash and kiss the feet of 12 young inmates.

Other popes have carried out this rite on Holy Thursday. It is a ceremony to emulate the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles at the Last Supper, just before he was tried and crucified.

But previous popes have washed the feet of priests in Rome's grand, golden St. John Lateran Basilica. Pope Francis went to a penitentiary to wash the feet of prisoners.

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Food
5:12 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Review: Italian Flavor in the Capitol District

Fried olives at Cherry Street, an Italian restaurant at 1612 Lavaca Street.
htomren/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/htomren/8577768870/

Matthew Odam explains his review of Cherry Street

In the area between downtown and the University of Texas, there are not a lot of food options, writes Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. In his latest review, Odam writes about Cherry Street, a restaurant that brings some Italian flavor to the area.

Odam dropped by KUT today and talked about the Cherry Street's appeal to the Capitol lunch crowd and its effort to build an evening service. Listen to what he had to say by clicking the player above. 

Books
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

It’s Family Tradition vs. Rebirth in Debut Novel 'The Carriage House'

A carriage house and the game of tennis are almost characters themselves in Louisa Hall's debut novel.

Louisa Hall left the leafy suburbs of Philadelphia for Texas. And it was this move that prompted her to set her first novel back in those environs - both the good and bad of them.

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SXSW
11:58 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).
Mindy Best Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 10:48 am

That guy Prince has a sense of humor.

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SXSW
6:17 am
Mon March 18, 2013

SXSW Film: These Finnish Rockers Have 'The Punk Syndrome' (Update)

Pertti Kurikka's Name Day members Sami and Kari strike a pose.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Click the player to listen to a radio version of this story.

Update: "The Punk Syndrome" won the SXGlobal Audience Award. See pictures from the Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät concert, below.

Original Story  (March 15, 6:01 a.m.): A punk band from Finland is the focus of a film that’s showing at South by Southwest this week. The band is also playing a gig in the SXSW Music festival.

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SXSW Film
12:00 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Photos: Zac Effron's 'At Any Price,' Ellen Page's 'The East' Wrap SXSW

"At Any Price" will be in theaters this April.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

On the last day of SXSW Film, Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron and Ellen Page were some of the stars at the Paramount for screenings of "At Any Price" and "The East."

"At Any Price," starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron as father and son, examined a family farming business struggling with an unexpected crisis. The drama directed by Ramin Bahrani gets a wide release April 26. 

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