Life & Arts

Get Involved
6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: The Seedling Foundation

From the Seedling Foundation, this month's Get Involved Spotlight nonprofit: 

The Seedling Foundation serves children challenged by parental incarceration in the Austin area, using research­driven, school­based mentoring. Our volunteer mentors are matched with students from kindergarten through eighth grade based on common interests, to ensure a dependable, long­lasting relationship.

Seedling has made over 1,600 matches since the program’s inception in 2006, and has provided mentors to over 500 children in the 2013­14 school year alone. We hope to be able to improve the lives of even more students in the upcoming school year. We have a formal presence in 37 schools, and additional mentors in many others. Mentors meet with a student once per week, during the student’s lunch, to talk, play a game, or read a book together.

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In Black America Podcast
3:10 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Study Find Racial Differences in Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Allison Willis, MD

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Allison Willis, assistant professor of neurology and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

In her study Dr. Willis finds that African Americans with Parkinson’s disease are less likely than Whites with the disease to receive deep brain stimulation surgery to reduce tremors. Parkinson’s disease affects more than 2 million Americans. Deep brain stimulation surgery has been shown to be effective but involves extensive pre-operative testing and may include costs not covered by many insurance plans, including Medicare.

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Life & Arts
1:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

From East L.A. to Austin, Las Cafeteras Stomps Out Racism With a Beat

Las Cafeteras perform at the University of Texas.
Lynn Romero for KUT News

Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras came to UT-Austin yesterday to spread an anti-racism message of understanding.

After leading a group of students in a workshop called “Racism, Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That,” the band played to a crowd of around 100 students, staff and community members.

The group of young musicians pairs socially conscious lyrics with a melodic fusion of hip hop and Son Jarocho, a type of folk music born from a blend of cultures in Veracruz, Mexico. Band members played traditional instruments like the jarana jarocha, a small-guitar like instrument; the quijada, a donkey jaw-bone; and the marimbol, a plucked key box bass. 

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Views and Brews
11:50 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Cowboy Poetry Set to Music

Credit blog.graphis.com

If you missed thi sepisode of Views and Brews it is definitely one to listen back to: KUT’s Rebecca McInroy hosts graphic designer DJ Stout and Austin-based composer and pianist Graham Reynolds to talk about a collaboration that illustrates the power of regionalism and the beauty of home on a global stage.

Stout of Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy, discussed his latest publication featuring cowboy poets from West Texas, while Reynolds performed a live score along with the presentation. It was a version of the performance they gave at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2014.

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Views and Brews
3:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Great War and Its Legacy, 100 Years Later

Credit Wikimedia Commons

In partnership with the Harry Ransom Center, Views and Brews discussed the recent exhibition "The World at War, 1914–1918." The exhibit marks the centenary of the start of World War I, and seeks to recover the deeply personal experience of the war.

Listen back as Rabbi Neil Blumofe and Ransom Center curators Elizabeth Garver and Jean Cannon join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy to explore the layered causes, complicated effects and penetrating propaganda of a war that forever changed our relationship to grief, industry, faith and one another.

War and Poetry
12:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War

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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 6:03 am

"I am home and whole, so to speak," writes Kevin Powers in his debut poetry collection. "But I can't remember / how to be alive." At its most striking, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting finds Powers — an Iraq veteran and the author of the acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds — contending with conflicts endemic to the home front, struggling to "remember how to be alive" after having known so much death.

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Poetry Month
12:16 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Yesterday

Read by Kathy Valentine.

Yesterday I looked out my window and saw only myself
face to face with me, myself and I
I looked away, embarrassed
I couldn’t face her just yet
not after all I’ve done to her,

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Poetry Month
12:13 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Shark Bait

Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I’m treading through the water,
trying to keep my head up,
trying to ignore the danger I’m in.

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Poetry Month
12:12 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Pouting Lizards

Read by Dana Wheeler-Nicholson.

pouting lizards want to pout,
most definitely, without a doubt,
pouting lizards, want to pout.

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Poetry Month
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Powerful

Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I am not the president, I am not a king
I am not the v.p., I am not the queen
I am neither poor nor rich
I do not make laws and I don’t fight them
I am just one soul in this big planet

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Poetry Month
12:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Possibilities

Read by Catherine Robb.

Possibilities - so many
Run to New York, swim the Pacific Ocean,
Invent a super time machine, travel to another world.
No wishing - try something
Have a pet elephant, set a world record.
Imagine Possible.

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Poetry Month
12:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Passion

Read by John Aielli.

This is my passion,
This is my love.

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Poetry Month
11:29 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Father

Read by Steve Wertheimer.

I am a father.
Yet secretly inside I am a boy of a young age.
Being a provider is hard, but
Keeping her happy is even harder –
She needs clothes, food and milk which I struggle to buy

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Poetry Month
11:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Eternal Drums

Read by Catherine Robb.

No one else can hear it.
The drums.
What does it mean?
It must be a sickness.
A cancer.
And it can’t be cured.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

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Poetry Month
11:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Cursive in Danger

Read by Kathy Valentine.

A flashing red light,
Something is going on in the news,
What is happening?

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