Life & Arts

Life & Arts
7:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Author Harper Lee smiles during a 2007 ceremony in Montgomery, Ala.
Rob Carr AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:51 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Life & Arts
6:38 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager

Amy Myers talks with her son Kamron, 18, in the backyard of their home in Boise, Idaho. She has found raising a teenager to be extremely stressful.
Kyle Green for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:32 am

If anyone can handle the stress of parenting in the teen years, you'd think it would be a high school teacher.

That's how Amy Myers felt. She teaches high school English in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where she says she has "pseudo parented" about 3,000 teenagers "who I have talked to, given advice to, guided, directed, even lectured about teenage issues," she says.

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Must-Listen Audio
11:38 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like

Jenna Sherman, 18, readies her singing bowl as she prepares ‚Äď along with 277 others ‚Äď to become a world record holder.
Audrey McGlinchy/KUT

Nearly 300 people sat cross-legged in the Texas Capitol extension’s open-air rotunda, tracing wooden sticks around crystal, brass and iron bowls.

They were there to celebrate the Dalai Lama's birthday and¬†‚Ästwith the utmost tranquility¬†‚Ästbecome the largest group to ever play Tibetan singing bowls, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.¬†

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In Black America Podcast
9:44 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Angela Burt-Murray of CocoaFab.com

Angela Burt-Murray

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Angela Burt-Murray editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, a new digital media company that launched CocoaFab.com and CocoaFab.TV to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color. 

Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of ESSENCE magazine, where she oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine ‚Äďthe premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women ‚Äď as well as Essence.com.

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Life & Arts
4:31 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

'The World at War' Shares Harrowing Look at the Personal Side of WWI

Harry Ransom Center

World War I¬†stands as a turning point of modern history ‚Äď a point where industrialization and technology clashed with a bygone imperial policy.

The results were devastating: the four-year conflict involved over a 100 countries and claimed nearly 20 million lives. With its sheer scale it‚Äôs easy to forget about the human side of the conflict ‚Äď the individuals, soldiers, loved ones, and family members who lived throughout the period.¬†

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KUT's Summer School
3:58 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Austin Kids Making Claymation Movies Teach Us How to Make One Too

Gabriella Meshako and Chiara Morel take pictures of their clay characters.
Laura Rice/KUT

With school out of session, lots of kids are filling their time with summer camps. But they’re not just playing with water balloons and eating s’mores. At the Austin Film Festival summer camp, some kids are learning how to make claymation movies.

KUT showed up on day four of the five-day camp … so we asked some kids if we could borrow their notes:

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Austin to Angers
9:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France

The Skroks rock the Hole in the Wall with their brand of brass, ska and rock.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

The Skroks are here. They're a youthful, all-male brass band in town from one of Austin's sister cities, Angers, France.

So what brings an overseas band to Austin? Exactly what appeals to young bands across the world: touring, playing music and meeting fans.

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Books
5:30 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Listen: Austin Author Jeff Abbott on the Ins and Outs of His New Thriller 'Inside Man'

"Inside Man" is Austin author Jeff Abbott's fourth novel featuring CIA-trained operative Sam Capra. This one ends in a cliffhanger, but Capra fans take heart: Abbott says he has already signed contracts to write the fifth and sixth Sam Capra novels.
Leslie Abbott Photography.

Good guys and bad guys are always easy to sort out in thrillers, right? Not so fast. In the murky waters of Jeff Abbott's latest novel Inside Man, the roles are not always so clear cut or easily defined.

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Food
7:58 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Aaron Franklin on Barbecue, a New Expansion and Those Long Lines

Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin BBQ recently expanded operations to include an enclosed area to smoke the meat.
Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

People stand in line for up to five hours to eat at Franklin Barbecue. The Austin restaurant, run by Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacey, has earned national praise for serving slow-smoked Central Texas barbecue within the Austin city limits. 

Franklin Barbecue has been closed for the past couple of weeks for an expansion that includes a new smokehouse. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 8. Aaron Franklin swung by the KUT studios to talk about it. You can read the interview below or listen to it here. 

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Get Involved
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: Animal Trustees of Austin

From Animal Trustees of Austin, this month's Get Involved Spotlight nonprofit:

For over twenty years, Animal Trustees of Austin (ATA) has dedicated itself to addressing one of our community’s most pressing needs: safe, affordable, high-quality veterinary care for pet owners of all incomes. We have a simple but powerful mission: to serve the animals and people of our community through compassionate, affordable treatment, and respect for all.

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In Black America Podcast
7:51 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'Defining The Struggle'

Professor Susan D. Carle

¬†On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Susan D. Carle, professor at American University Washington College of Law and author of ‚ÄėDefining The Struggle: National Organizing For Racial Justice 1880 to 1915.‚Äô

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Life & Arts
1:54 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Austin Author Meg Gardiner Thrills with 'Phantom Instinct'

Meg Gardiner's "Phantom Instinct" is one of a dozen thrillers by the Austin-based author.
Credit Photo by Stuart Boreham

Imagine there was a disaster. You were there. But you saw something no one else saw‚ÄĒsomething that would change everyone else's mind about what really happened. That is, if they believed you. Now, imagine there's another person who saw exactly what you saw. But no one believes him either. What would you do?

Austin author Meg Gardiner's new book, Phantom Instinct, pursues that question through 356 action-packed pages. She spoke to the Texas Standard's Emily Donahue.

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Life & Arts
4:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Texas Bats Help Deliver New Sweetener

Texas long-nosed bats help cultivate Maguey plants in the Mexican desert.
Lucy Nieto

A new organic sweetener has hit the Texas market. Well, certain Central Markets around Texas for now anyway.

Villa de Patos, a family-run business in Mexico, is hoping to push its sweetness into other stores this side of the border soon.¬†Maguey Sweet Sap¬†is made from the nectar of a Maguey plant ‚Ästan agave plant that grows chiefly in the Mexican dessert without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

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Arts Eclectic
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Get Inspired at The Tesla Project

By the time of his death in 1943, inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla had accumulated some 300 patents for his works. He's credited for work and ideas that resulted in countless innovations, most notably alternating current, or the electrical system that powers most of the devices in your home.

After his death, Tesla's legacy fell into relative obscurity for a time, but in recent years, he's been embraced by a new generation of scientists and engineers. At this point, he's become a bit of folk hero, seen by many as the epitome of the uncompromising genius.

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Must-Listen Audio
2:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Listen: This Austin Musician's Story of Falling In Love Will Make You Smile

Nakia.net

Where were you when you met the love of your life?

For Austin musician and "The Voice" contestant Nakia, it was at the corner of South Congress and Elizabeth Avenue, outside a South by Southwest day party.

Listen to his story: 

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In Black America Podcast
11:20 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Remembering William F. 'Bill' Williams

William F. "Bill" Williams

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late William F. ‚ÄúBill‚ÄĚ Williams, former president and co-founder of Glory Foods, Inc.

In 1992, Glory Foods officially launched its line of pre-seasoned canned vegetables with Columbus, Ohio as its test market. Their initial product line of 17 items focused on greens, peas and beans. During the past twenty-two years, Glory has been able to expand its line to offer 85 products, including seasoned canned greens, bagged fresh greens and other vegetables, low sodium products, hot sauces, seasoned cooking bases, and corn bread and muffins. Glory Foods is now available at grocery stores nationwide.

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Arts Eclectic
3:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Enjoy Literature and Booze at One Page Salon

Owen Egerton

A couple of years ago, enthralled with the idea of salons where writers could meet, drink, and discuss their work, Owen and Jodi Egerton decided to start one of their own. At first they'd invite other writers to their home, but quickly realized that this was an event that needed sharing.

Now, Owen hosts the monthly One Page Salon at the Whip In. The first Tuesday of every month, he invites a handful of fellow artists ‚ÄĒ fiction writers, screenwriters, songwriters, even photographers and improvisers ‚ÄĒ to join him onstage and share one page of a work in progress.

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Arts Eclectic
9:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Hear 'Music for Wilderness Lake' at Laguna Gloria

Music for Wilderness Lake. Courtesy Make Music New York, Inc.

The environmental music piece Music for Wilderness Lake was written 35 years ago by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. It's a work for twelve trombones with accompaniment by the wildlife that happens to be in the environment. 

Music for Wilderness Lake has traditionally been performed by a dozen trombonists arranged around a body of water, signaled by a director on a dock or in a boat. In the case of this Austin performance, the signaling will be done from a handmade canoe built by Austin woodworker Aldo Valdés Böhm.

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ArtPlace America
4:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Austin's Turning the 10-1 Districts and a Notorious Tank Farm Into Art

Grants from ArtPlace America are funding two unique, place-making art projects.
facebook.com/ArtPlaceAmerica

Flanked by poster board renderings and city officials, urban planners and arts nonprofits gathered in City Hall Wednesday to announce that two Austin community art projects will receive federal and private funding from the organization ArtPlace America totaling $656,500.

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said that Austin, whose population has increased by nearly 70 percent since 1990, is being looked at by the rest of the nation as a hub for artists and art-making.

‚ÄúAll eyes are on Austin for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons that we have to be very proud of is our creative class,‚ÄĚ said Cole. ‚ÄúThe work that the artists are doing to bring such vibrancy and diversity to our city ‚Äď the nation is watching and we are receiving funds for that.‚ÄĚ

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Author Interviews
2:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Author Graeme Simsion on Asperger's, 'The Rosie Project' and Its Sequel

Graeme Simsion talks about his breakout hit, The Rosie Project, with the Texas Standard.
Credit ChinLin Pan/KUT

If you read fiction, and you don’t know about  "The Rosie Project," you’re missing something. The book was a breakout hit all over the world, raking in reviews ranging from merely exuberant to down right delirious. So what’s all the fuss about?

"The Rosie Project" is a flat-out fun read by an author who appears to have a lot of different interests dosed with a healthy sense of humor. But believe it or not, the book started out as high drama.

"This is the story of Don Tillman," author Graeme Simsion tells The Texas Standard's Emily Donahue. 

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