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West Texas Winds

Apr 6, 2016

Read by Shawna Butler

There is no food in Marfa, Texas,

or so it seems,

you have to bring your own

so my aunt brought yerba mate

and we ran on caffeine energy

for most of the trip,

drinking our tea

around the crackling fire

Day Dreaming

Apr 6, 2016

Read by Jodi Egerton

Behind closed eyelids…

She is an astronaut

Walking on the moon,

Astonished by the lightness

Of her steps.

She is the lone survivor

Of a zombie apocalypse

Alone and scared, but determined.

Them

Apr 6, 2016

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

The children's footsteps,

The crying and laughter,

reminded me I was one them,

crying and laughing,

eating sugary cereal,

making a mess.

I was one of them, in the past,

and never will be again.

Proud

Apr 6, 2016

Read by Ebony Stewart

My life they would never understand.

I’m happy and enjoying every moment,

Nuvo.net

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of a speech given by Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party in the fall of 1996 at the 10th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights.

Get Involved Spotlight: GirlForward

Apr 1, 2016

From GirlForward, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

MISSION: GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident, and independent.  

WHY GIRLS? In conflict, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to violence, isolation, and being kept out of school. When they are resettled, they need extra support.

  

EDUCATING GIRLS: Most GirlForward girls have had less than two years of schooling before arriving in the U.S.

  

WHY REFUGEES? There are 60 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes. We are in the midst of the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen.

  

Make It

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Zell Miller III

Started from the bottom as a

Hustling teen trying to come up to

Live in the dream. I came from the

Hood but that don’t define me. You

Say you don’t like me well guess

What I’m not here to please you.

Puzzle Pieces

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Shawna Butler

Incomplete.

I am missing pieces.

I collect them everywhere, but I’m

still

missing

one.

And then it presents itself, as fast as wind on a stormy night.

Just a glimpse, but it’s enough.

Traffic

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Zell Miller III

Like a big pool of disaster sometimes

The highway

Concrete

Metal

Plastic

Paint

Noise

You’re stuck on I-35

Honking like a wild animal

And pulling out your hair

My Black Pen

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Owen Egerton

The night sky

is an inkpot

where my pen glides

taking the darkness with it,

creating a flurry of words

that are unspoken yet powerful.

With each stroke

of my black ink pen

I'll take the universe

Voice

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Jodi Egerton

The world is a big place,

and we are very small in it.

But the voice of one can reach many,

and the voice of many can reach one.

A ripple made by a pebble, falling into the river,

Moves outward.

I Remember

Apr 1, 2016

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

I remember playing Nintendo 64.

I remember first grade.

I remember flying in a plane.

But I don’t remember my first breath.

I remember birthday parties.

I remember going to Mexico.

Mikayla Slimmer

Meg Mattingly and John Brewster have been hosting Backyard Story Night for three years now. It's a simple idea -- people come together and tell stories in a backyard. The storytellers aren't curated or vetted ahead of time, so Mattingly and Brewster are as surprised by  their stories as the rest of the audience. The only restriction put in place is a relatively laxly enforced five-minute time limit.

Fritz Pollard Alliance

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 11th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute To Excellence Awards held during Super Bowl 50 week. Featured on today’s program are: Jim Brown, NFL Hall of Famer; Katie Blackburn, Executive Vice President with the Cincinnati Bengals; and Kevin Warren, Chief Operating Officer with the Minnesota Vikings.  


On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of  The Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award at Super Bowl 50.

The award was created to honor the NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. The Award is named after Bart Starr who, in addition to being in the NFL Hall of Fame, was selected as MVP in Super Bowls I and II. Starr is an individual of impeccable character who has served his family and community faithfully through the years and is a role model for athletes and business people alike.


Amelia Gray

It’s always a treat to talk with Amelia Gray. Her imagination, wit, and insight ensure any conversation will shine. And, like her stories, humor and darkness weave through all her words.

Gray came to the KUT studios while visiting Austin from her home in Los Angeles. We chatted craft, risk, and the joys of writing. We talk about her writing routine and how she mines her own fears and desire to inspire her fiction. We also trace her career and how she sees herself in the current literary scene.


Amid the mess of heat, rain and tacos, there was a rich gallery of motion and color at the SXSW music festival. Here are the most stunning images of the week from photographer Adam Kissick and our own Bob Boilen.

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This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our fouth week, we'll look at the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, philanthropist Mary Couts Burnett, musician, writer, and activist Maude Cuney Hare, and more.

Nathan Wagoner

Microsessions, the creation of producer Paul Schomer, are designed to expose fans to new live music in an efficient and time-conscious way. Each event features five acts playing five sets simultaneously (but in different rooms or areas of one location). Audiences are divided into "pods" which move from room to room until they've experienced a short set from each of the featured musicians. He likes to refer to it as "speed dating for new music."

Schomer was inspired to create Microsessions after attending a house concert with an ever-expanding bill. "I went to go see a friend of mine play," he explains. "It was a double bill, and I got there and I realized that three more artists had been added. And before I knew it, it was almost midnight... and my friend still hadn't played." By the time he got home, he'd planned out a way to achieve something similar but in a shorter time frame. "And it may seem weird to approach something artistic with sort of an eye to making it more efficient, but that was the idea," he says.

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