Life & Arts

Poetry Month
2:59 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

A Night at Comic-con

Read by Da'Shade Moonbeam

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Poetry Month
2:56 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The Categories of Human

Read by Spike Gillespie

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Poetry Month
2:44 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Ideal Ideas

Read by Ebony Stewart

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In Black America Podcast
12:31 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The 2014 NFL Season and Super Bowl XLIX

Credit The National Football League

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 2014 NFL season and Super Bowl XLIX. Featured on today’s program are Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports NFL columnist, Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, and Newy Scruggs, Sports Director with KXAS-TV.

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Arts Eclectic
4:08 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

See 'Jacob's Ladder' at the Boyd Vance Theatre

Theatre en Bloc is currently staging the world premier production of Jacob's Ladder by local playwrights Dennis Bailey and David Mixner. Set in 1944 Washington, it's the story of a young Jewish staff member in the FDR White House who discovers that there is much he does not know about the war effort and what's really happening in Europe at the time.

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Poetry Month
10:36 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Little Voice Inside

Read by Jodi Egerton

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Food
7:31 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

What Were Austinites Eating in 1890?

A bird's eye illustration of Austin in 1890, the year before the city's first cookbook was published
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Austin is becoming known for a lot more than just barbecue and Tex-Mex these days, but what were people in this city feasting on 125 years ago? The first cookbook published in Austin is helping to answer that question. 

The cookbook was compiled in 1891 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which still exists. Mike Miller, director of the Austin History Center, dug it out of the archives and researched some of the people behind it for his new book, Austin’s First Cookbook: Our Home Recipes, Remedies and Rules of Thumb

"Cookbooks at that time, they weren't the recipes of everyday food," Miller says. "Most of the women who did that knew the recipes, and they were passed down orally from mother to daughter."

"These [recipes] are for special occasions," he says. Listen to our interview with Miller and read on to see some of the recipes. 

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Poetry Month
10:33 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Ode

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

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Poetry Month
10:30 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Identity

Read by  Shawna Butler

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Poetry Month
10:28 am
Tue April 14, 2015

What is Love?

Read by Spike Gillespie

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Poetry Month
10:24 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Life

Read by Laurie Viault

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Poetry Month
10:09 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Music

Read by Da'Shade Moonbeam

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Poetry Month
10:06 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Puzzling

Read by Jodi Egerton

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Arts Eclectic
1:08 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

See 'God's Favorite' at Rounds Rock's Sam Bass Theatre

God's Favorite isn't Neil Simon's best known work, but it does hold a special place in the heart of director Eric Nelson. It was one of the first plays he read after entering the theater world, and he fell in love with its wit, quick pacing, and characters. It's a script he's wanted to work on in some capacity ever since, and he found the chance to direct the play at Round Rock's Sam Bass Theatre.

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Life & Arts
12:21 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Researchers Attribute Long-Disputed Play to Shakespeare — Without Even Reading It

A Fort Worth staging of 'Double Falsehood' directed by Jason Morgan.
edhuntingdon/flickr

An 18th Century play widely attributed to British playwright Lewis Theobald was actually co-written by William Shakespeare, according to two University of Texas researchers.

Through their investigation, UT psychology Professor James Pennebaker and graduate student Ryan Boyd found that the bard likely wrote the first three acts, while the final two were probably written by collaborator and fellow playwright John Fletcher. The pair determined this without even reading the play. 

“There was a conscious decision when I did this, which was ‘I want to go in and just look at the numbers to get a sense of who very likely wrote it,’” Pennebaker says. “I didn’t want to be biased by the actual words that were written.”

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In Black America Podcast
11:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

A Talk With Major League Baseball Legend and Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron [Part II]

LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove talks with Hank Aaron
LBJ Library photo by Lauren Gerson

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. conclude his highlights of a conversation with Hank Aaron, Civil Rights Activist, Major League Baseball legend, Hall of Famer, and senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves, at the 2015 Tom Johnson Lecture series.

Before joining the Braves front office, Aaron enjoyed a 23-year major league career during which he rewrote baseball’s hitting record book. He holds more major league batting records than any other player in the game’s history. On May 17, 1970, Aaron became the first player to compile both 3,000 career hits and more than 500 homers. Along with Frank Robinson, Aaron was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY, on August 1, 1982.

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Poetry Month
2:54 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Foreign Country

Read by Shawna Butler

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Poetry Month
2:46 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Chester

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

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Poetry Month
2:43 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Sound of the Heart

Read by Ebony Stewart

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Get Involved
5:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Get Involved Spotlight: Candlelight Ranch

From Candlelight Ranchthis month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:  

Candlelight Ranch Mission and History:

In the summer of 1999, Randy, Don, and Jeri (Don’s wife of blessed memory) Barr, purchased some acreage on the North Shore of Lake Travis that contained beautiful and diverse ecosystems with a wide range of flora and fauna, spring fed creeks, and two striking canyons that were created when the roofs of caverns collapsed.  They decided to share the property so that community groups that worked with children with special needs or challenging life circumstances could bring their children out to a natural environment.  They named this nature safe haven, Candlelight Ranch.  Now, almost 15 years later, Candlelight Ranch has grown into a respected non-profit that serves over 1,700 individuals annually in the Central Texas area.

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