Life & Arts

In Black America Podcast
5:42 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century

Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. Co-Founder/President of The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and author of "Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century."

"Black Stats" is a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans.

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Life & Arts
7:01 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Movies Unplugged: Fest Brings Live Music to Silent Film for One Night in Austin

A screening/performance in New York of Alexander Payne's film "Carmen."
Kim Schlechter

Seth Boustead started the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago almost 10 years ago. It features newly composed music performed live to modern silent films.

Think about that: newly composed music to modern silent films.

Boustead is in Austin for a one-day event featuring this concept. He sat down with KUT to explain what it's all about.

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Poetry Month
4:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Human Rights

Read by Shawna Butler

I am a human,
I have human rights as well,
No ignoring me,
There is nothing wrong,
With me being nothing but me,
I am special,
I have the knowledge,
Of who I was, am, and will be,
No one will hurt me,
I can do anything,
I am indestructible,
I’m a fire burning,
I make my own paths,
Push myself to the limit,
Do my best always,
Please look at me,
Notice me for who I am,
I am unique,
I am one of a kind,
For I am me, only me,
A girl with a story.

Poetry Month
4:04 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bored

Read by Shawna Butler.

Time, time,
Passes by.
Trying to make this poem rhyme,
Same old empty, boring life.

Another simple, starry night:
Crying, laughing, being kind.
I am tired of faking smiles.

Time, time
Passes by.
Tapping dance shoes
In the night,
Still living the empty, boring life.

There are no details,
Nothing of the sort.
Just a girl,
That same old dork.

Time, time,
Passes by.
Trying to make this poem rhyme,
Same old empty boring life.

Poetry Month
1:13 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

WATER

Read by Jason Neulander.

The hydrater-
Refreshing, cool or warm
Wonderful, powerful
Hear it rushing or trickling past you
splash, ripple or tap
Clear and mysterious

Stillness.
Rising
Falling
Freezing
Melting
Repeating, again and again-
An adventurous way to live

You can swim, ski or skate
Frozen or not, Cold or not
Memories of the beach or mountain

Floats through sky, drifting or waiting
Waiting to fall- Brave and strong

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Poetr Month
1:07 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Today

Read by Liz Lambert.

Today
is a Monday
is a Boringday
boring right now
but...

your friends could force you
at the last minute
into a drawing contest
even though
you’re really not in the mood
at least
not until you win

you could have a sub in science
and you could tell her, “We’re learning about chemistry!”
even though it’s really physics
so instead of E=MC2
you get to set off a soda and baking powder rocket

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Poetry Month
1:03 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Monsters

Read by Patty Griffin.

furry,
fluffy,
feared.

scaly,
slimey,
seen,

ghostly,
gassy,
gone.

pointed,
purple,
possible.

monsters,
under your bed,
in your closet,
waiting and watching.

Life & Arts
12:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

One Day

Read by Patty Griffin.

One day
I got lost in a maze
of my own thoughts.
and by the time
I made my way
out
I realized
that sometimes
my head can be
a much better place
than the real world.

Poetry Month
12:54 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Jumpoline Park

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

I open the door and a rush of sweaty socks
is the only aroma I smell.
But, I don’t mind.
We’re at Jumpoline!
The exciting, bouncy and thrilling indoor park.

I rip off my shoes as fast as I can.
I am dearly hoping they will come off faster.
I run up the stairs to the trampolines but it seems
That the stairs are doubling as I go up them.

Once I reach the trampolines,
I jump as high as I can and perform a flip.
“Successful,” I think in my head.

Poetry Month
12:50 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

History Class Lesson

Read by Jason Neulander.

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Poetry Month
12:44 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Constitutional Errors

Read by Liz Lambert

I wonder
How the people of 1700 America
Would react
If someone went back and told them
About the future constitution

“All men are created equal,”
I would say
Then I would go on,
And explain the bad part

“But if you’re
Female
Black
Poor
Different,

You will have to wait
Centuries
For all of the equal folks
To be hit in the head by a rock
So they can think straight.
Until then,
All of you imperfect people
Are out of luck.”

Poetry Month
11:42 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Life is a Book, Right?

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe.

If I open up my book
What will I find?
Will my life flash by –
A crawling child,
A misleading twin brother,
Bugs in cases in Paris,
Journals filled with words from here
To the moon –
As the wind blows the pages away?

Is it really my story?
Or some heartless,
Soulless obituary
Stating who I was
Or was not?

Is it a list of things I want to do?
My bucket list?
Details of Hanging Gardens in Babylon
Salt Flats in Bolivia
Ice caves dangerous and alluring.

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Poetry Month
11:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Dreamy Machinations

Read by Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

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Life & Arts
8:31 am
Mon April 7, 2014

VIDEO: 13th Annual Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up

Hot rods, custom cars and car enthusiasts from all over the country gathered in Austin this weekend for the 13th annual Lonestar Rod and Kustom Round Up event. 

Local car club "The Kontinentals" hosted the two-day event, which took place April 4 and 5 at the Travis County Expo Center. 

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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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