Life & Arts

In Black America Podcast
10:14 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program

Clyde Foster processes telemetry at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1965 in a photo that appeared in Ebony magazine. As a NASA employee, Foster was a leader in getting jobs and advancing engineering education for African Americans.
Courtesy of Don Rutledge ©

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Richard Paul, an award-winning independent public radio documentary producer, and Steven Moss, Associate Professor of English at Texas State Technical College, co-authors of ‘We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.’

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Arts Eclectic
1:51 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Visit 'Greater Tuna' in Wimberley

R. Michael Clinkscales and Will Mercer in 'Greater Tuna'

'Greater Tuna' had its world premiere in Austin in 1981. In the 34 years since, the comedy (written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard) has remained an enduring favorite, spawning three sequels about the residents of Tuna, the "third smallest town in Texas."

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5:12 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Live Music in Austin for the Weekend of May 8-10, 2015

The Flaming Lips are bringing their live show to the Levitation psychedelic rock festival this weekend in Austin.

This weekend, a psychedelic rock festival called Levitation brings to town Tame Impala, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Flaming Lips. Other shows in Austin include performances by Gregg Allman, Torres and the Blue Bonnets, fronted Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier talks about those shows and others with KUTX program director Matt Reilly, as they listen to clips from every artist mentioned.

In Black America Podcast
2:09 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Remembering Ron Banks, Founder of The Dramatics

The Dramatics. Ron Banks, front row, center.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of the Detroit vocal group, which formed in the mid-1960s and continued to play for avid audiences around the country.

Banks’ sweet voice and smooth choreography helped distinguish the Dramatics, particularly in Detroit’s post-Motown scene of the 1970s, when the group enjoyed crossover pop success with songs such as”Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” and “In the Rain.”

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Get Involved
5:00 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Get Involved Spotlight: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

From Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, this month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Serving Central Texas for 30 years, the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas (RMHC CTX) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

RMHC CTX began providing temporary lodging and support services to hospitalized children and their families in 1985 in Austin’s first Ronald McDonald House®. For three decades, we have cared for thousands of families by providing a “home-away-from-home” at our Ronald McDonald House® and four Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. Since 1993, we have also supported families who have lost a child through our Healing Hearts program, which provides burial assistance and bereavement support.

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In Black America Podcast
12:31 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

From Daddyless to Destiny

Tunette Powell, award-winning motivational speaker and author, is Co-Founder and CEO of The Truth Heals – a nonprofit for individuals and families affected by fatherlessness

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Tunette Powell, motivational speaker, author, education consultant and co-founder of The Truth Heals.

Powell has made it her mission to be a voice of hope and healing for some of the world’s most despaired and underserved populations. She currently serves as the CEO of The Truth Heals and sits on a host of nonprofit boards.

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Poetry Month
12:15 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The Magician

The magician sits quietly on a stool

but his presence booms and echoes throughout the theatre.

His toes perched on a rung,

like a pitch black vulture in a bowtie and top hat.

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Poetry Month
12:14 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Coming Up

A tangy blare of horns

Cut the air around it,

Staccato notes pounce on the ear.

Each note of the guitar solo ripe and fresh.

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Poetry Month
12:13 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The Umber Knife

Our ancestors tried

to make us perfect,

yet defiance

feels ultimate.

Punishments are worthwhile.

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Poetry Month
12:11 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Black and White

The night is coming

creeping, crawling, towering over

as the day is unbecoming.

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Poetry Month
12:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The First Time I Walked

The first time I walked

Was my time without legs

I didn't touch the ground as you might

But the flowers grew

And the sky was full of wonders

I danced with the stars that night

The last time I walked

Was not long ago

I hobbled along on new legs

The stars did not shine as

They did that one night

The next time I walk

Will the time ever come?

I'm quite sure I just feel numb

My wings have rebounded

But my legs are left broken

As I fly to a life that was stolen

Poetry Month
12:09 pm
Thu April 30, 2015


When confusion arises, there is no silver lining

Darkness softly soothes raging discontent

Blaring is the subtle sound of comprehension declining

We are all in a maze of crazed winding

A maze without exits, but every turn tempts

When confusion arises, there is no silver lining

This nefarious virus takes no lives

When indecision attacks unity, it never survives

Blaring is the subtle sound of comprehension declining

Concord in plagued minds is promptly destroyed

The threads of guilt and regret intertwining

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Poetry Month
12:08 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

September 1, 1939

Can you hear the Blitzkrieg’s cry?

As Jericho’s trumpet splits the Sky

As the Stukas roar overhead,

It’s a miracle you’re not dead.

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Poetry Month
12:06 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Being Nice?

Not listening,

but looking straight into the eyes,

barely blinking

but dreaming

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Poetry Month
12:05 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Our Wings of Freedom

I yell to the kings

On behalf of the people who lost their light

Please, don't clip our wings!

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Poetry Month
12:03 pm
Thu April 30, 2015


I feel the cool mist against my face

The ocean speaks to me

The beach, my peaceful place

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Poetry Month
12:02 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The Inviso-Spell


Dash of nutmeg,

Clip of unicorn hair,

An inch of slimy toad skin (the best you can find)

Squirt of pickle juice,

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Poetry Month
12:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Rover’s Sister

Her eyes are chocolaty hazelnut brown

Her fur a mixed brown with black

But it’s not her looks;

What’s got us is how she acts!

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Poetry Month
11:58 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Of the Hour, Again

It is twelve o’ clock -

Cinderella’s time.

She has to go.

It’s of the hour, again.

Little Red Riding Hood

meets the wolf

at four o’ clock.

It’s of the hour, again.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

lets down her hair

at one o’ clock.

It’s of the hour, again.

When mother stops telling me stories

And I stop listening,

It’s nine o’ clock

and it’s of the hour, again.

Poetry Month
11:56 am
Thu April 30, 2015


Writing isn’t my “thing” -

Never has been, never will be.

My writing has never been chosen,

Never been read.

My writing is okay,

Just not good

And certainly not great.

Yet every time I write,

I always leave

A little of my heart out on the page.

It’s not just about putting words on a page

for English class

or a history essay.

It’s about reaching for the best in people,

It cheers me up when I’m down.

My words tell stories.

My writing isn’t always chosen,

Or read,