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6:07 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Out of the Attic: Quilting for the 'Pinterest' Generation

Modern Quilt Guild members chose Austin as the location of the first QuiltCon.
Tyler Pratt for KUT News

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The first-ever international Modern Quilting Convention – QuiltCon – starts right here in Austin today. So what exactly is “Modern Quilting”?

Quilting has moved out of the attic and into the realm of cool. Just ask the millions of people on websites like Pinterest and Etsy.

QuiltCon organizer Heather Grant says the craft started its internet revolution in 2005… when it became easier to share photos online.

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FOOD
1:09 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Five Austin Chefs Named James Beard Semi-Finalists

A private table in the vault under La Condesa, one of several restaurants whose chefs were named James Beard semi-finalists
flickr.com/ahockley

The James Beard Foundation announced its semi-finalists for one of the most prestigious set of culinary awards, and five local chefs made the shortlist

  • Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko (Outstanding Chef)
  • Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine (Rising Star Chef of the Year and Best Chef: Southwest)
  • Janina O’Leary of TRACE (Rising Star Chef of the Year)
  • Laura Sawicki of La Condesa (Outstanding Pastry Chef)
  • Rene Ortiz of La Condesa (Best Chef: Southwest)

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Arts and Culture
5:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mindy McCready, Whose Life Was a Country Song, Has Died

Mindy McCready performing in 2008 in Nashville.
Frederick Breedon IV WireImage

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:59 pm

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Crime
1:12 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Something Fishy About a Virtual Valentine? BBB Says Beware

Online dating sites may be a new medium for con artists.
flickr.com/tonguetyed and Ashley Siebel, KUT News

If you’re meeting an online sweetheart for a first-time Valentine’s dinner tonight, make sure catfish isn’t on the menu.

The Better Business Bureau is offering some love advice today: beware of scammers, heartbreakers and money-takers.

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Arts and Culture
9:56 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Sick Of Valentine's Day? 6 Book Stories To Soothe Your Soul

Nate iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:03 am

This Valentine's Day, if you're feeling lonely, heartbroken, or just a bit jaundiced, we've got some archive treasures for you — tempestuous relationships, cartoon heartbreak, and a few books that may make you feel less alone — plus a bonus playlist from our good friends at NPR Music.

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food
6:36 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Three Austin Restaurants Among 'Most Important in America'

Tyson Cole inside his restaurant Uchiko, named by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the most important restaurants in the U.S.
Paulo Martins for KUT News

Three Austin restaurants are on Bon Appetit magazine’s list of the 20 Most Important Restaurants in America: Franklin BBQ, run by Aaron Franklin, and Uchi and Uchiko, two Japanese restaurants run by Tyson Cole.

"It's a list of the spots where chefs want to eat today, the places on the forefront of what is happening in dining at this moment," list curator Andrew Knowlton explains

Tyson Cole says while he and Aaron Franklin serve very different styles of food, their restaurants share similar origins.

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Arts and Culture
1:53 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

'Zombie Alert' Airs in Montana, Michigan; Hack Traced Overseas

OK, we're pretty sure this isn't real. (A 1012 Halloween-related festival in Georgia.)
Erik S. Lesser EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 1:07 pm

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Arts and Culture
3:58 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Be Honest: Do You Care About the Grammys?

They definitely got this one right: Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and The-Dream accept the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:14 pm

The Grammy Awards are fun to complain about. That's fair. If you watched the telecast Sunday night, you probably care about music. People who care about music tend to have strong opinions about what's good and what's not. Strong opinions often lead to disappointment, especially since the pop-music sphere is increasingly consensus-free.

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Religion
10:05 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict's Mixed Legacy

Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.
Gerard Cerles AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 9:41 am

When Pope Benedict XVI steps down at the end of the month, he will be remembered for his efforts to strengthen the Catholic Church's core beliefs and for his powerful and eloquent encyclicals, but also for a mixed record in handling the sexual abuse scandal.

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Religion
5:59 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:49 pm

(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28.

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Arts and Culture
10:33 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Frank Ocean's Big Year, and What Hasn't Changed in Hip-Hop

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 11:11 am

Frank Ocean is set to take a victory lap at this year's Grammys. He's up for six awards for his album Channel Orange, including best new artist, and he'll be performing as well. But just a few months ago, Frank Ocean's music wasn't the story — his sexuality was.

To review: After a listening party for Channel Orange last July, a BBC journalist pointed out that a few of the love songs referenced a "him" where you might have expected to hear "her."

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SXSW
2:23 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

SXSW Update: Film 'Midnighters' Announced; Badge Prices Rising

A still from horror auteur Rob Zombie's "The Lords of Salem." Just as spooky: SXSW is only four weeks away.
robzombie.com

Alien spiders, endangered vampires and – perhaps most horrifically – family reunions. These are among the many terrors contained in South by Southwest Film’s “Midnighters” series.

SXSW starts four weeks from tomorrow, which means Friday is the last day to buy badges before prices jump. It also means the lineups for its provocative after-dark Midnighters series and short films are out.

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LGBT
9:39 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits

A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:48 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Kathy Lohr on the Boy Scouts' debate

(We updated the top of this post at 10:45 a.m. ET.)

The Boy Scouts of America now intends to vote in May about whether its troops should be allowed to accept gay members and leaders, a spokesman says.

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Arts and Culture
12:39 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

'God Made A Farmer' And The Super Bowl Made Him A Star

A still from the Super Bowl ad, "God Made a Farmer"
Youtube

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:14 pm

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Arts and Culture
5:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Runaway Slaves and a Community's Conscience

A young Englishwoman finds contradictions in 19th-century Ohio.
Credit Penguin

Tracy Chevalier spent years researching her famous novel The Girl with a Pearl Earring, a fictionalized backstory of the woman behind the famous painting by Vermeer. She did the same thing for her latest novel, The Last Runaway, a story that takes an outsider’s look at American slavery during the mid-19th century. A young Quaker named Honor Bright sails from England bound for a new life in Ohio. From the moment she boards the ship, her adventure is nothing like she imagined.

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SXSW
6:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

SXSW Film Lineup Announced

The South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced its 109 film lineup today. This year will be the film festival's 20th anniversary.
Credit SXSW

In little over a months the city will swell as South by Southwest takes over downtown Austin. And the over 200,000 expected festival attendees have no shortage of events to attend: Today, SXSW released its film lineup, totaling 109 features.  

Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson writes that this year’s lineup “embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection.”

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Technology
10:18 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Google Street View Takes A Hike. So?

A view of the Grand Canyon captured by the Google Trekker
Google

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 9:45 am

A few months back, Google released a few of its engineers into the wild with a camera called the Google Trekker.

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Arts and Culture
6:17 am
Thu January 31, 2013

National Pet Radio: Make Your Critter's Cuteness Public (And Win A Prize Pack!)

Punkin, who belongs to NPR Senior Publicist Emerson Brown, decides whether to get moving or not based on news from local station WAMU. Good or not, she usually sleeps in.
Emerson Brown

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 8:06 am

Many of us here at NPR have pets or are animal lovers, and recently discovered that National Dress Your Pet Day is in January. We were inspired by this to ask you to show your appreciation for public media by accessorizing your pet.

To have a little fun with it, we want you to snap a picture of your pet listening to your favorite public radio station.

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SXSW
3:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

City to Step Up Permit Enforcement Over SXSW

Enhanced permit enforcement could mean more violations for businesses, vendors, and venues over SXSW.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Planning to put an event on this South By Southwest? Well, you'll need a permit for that.

With just over a month until Austin’s South by Southwest festival begins, the city’s special events office has received a flurry of permit applications – everything from noise permits, to food service, to construction permits for big soundstages.

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Arts and Culture
6:47 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 9:51 am

Prices on mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service increased this week — the price of a first-class stamp now costs 46 cents, up a penny. But for small businesses that ship products overseas, like many independent record labels, the costs could be much larger.

Brian Lowit, who has worked at Washington, D.C.'s Dischord Records for 10 years, says that while a postage rate hike is a familiar bump in the road, "I've never seen one this drastic."

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