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The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin last month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Timothy Hobbs and his wife Donna Walker-Nixon shared a conversation in the mobile booth while it was in Austin. They’re both authors, but they typically don’t read each other’s work. While in the StoryCorps booth, they took the opportunity to talk a bit about their writing habits.  

Poet Maggie Smith talks about her poem "The Mother" with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain.


The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin last month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Chad Seales recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with his wife Emily. Adopted into a loving family as a baby, Chad had no interest in seeking out his birth parents for forty years. But recently, he made the decision to find out more about his biological family.

 

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Feb. 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh.

Berry talks about the domestic cadaver trade; how enslaved people responded to being appraised, bartered and sold; and the economic value of enslaved people.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Lacey Saye and Caroline Kittelson have been best friends since meeting at school in the small town of Celeste, Texas, more than twenty-five years ago. They recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about their long history and their friendship, and while there, they discovered that they can still learn new things about each other.

Poet Diane Seuss talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about how writing her poem "Song in My Heart" gave her strength after a devastating divorce.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Amelia Lewis recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her ex-husband, Carlo Bligh. Though the two are no longer married, they remain friends and have dedicated themselves to co-parenting their young daughter, Carolina.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Feb. 16, 2018

Feb 16, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, clinical professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture at Texas A&M University and author of a new study that examines the decreasing number of African-American teachers in the nation’s public school system.

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Valentine’s Day is not everybody’s favorite holiday. People in relationships might feel unrealistic expectations to shower their loved ones with flowers and candy. People not in relationships may envy those who are. But haven’t we all seen couples in a restaurant or bar, sitting at the same table – but with their faces in their phones?

Morning Edition host Jennifer Stayton wanted to find out more about that, so she checked in with local psychotherapist and relationship intervention specialist Junice Rockman and author and motivational speaker Rock Rockman, who happen to be husband and wife.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Deborah White recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her daughter Trinity, to share some advice and some reflections on love and marriage.

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Austin, the final work of acclaimed artist Ellsworth Kelly, is settling into its home on the UT-Austin campus. 

Before his death in December 2015, the Blanton announced it would build the 2,715-square-foot chapel, which Kelly conceptualized decades ago, but never thought would be completed. 

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Margaret Koch and her good friend Rachel Santos-Ramirez work together at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth recently, where Margaret asked Rachel to share some family memories.

In this edition of This Is Just To Say, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Carl Phillips about his poem "White Dog."


The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Feb. 9, 2018

Feb 9, 2018
Mengwen Cao / KUTX

The staff at our sister station, KUTX, scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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If you're looking to take in some live music this weekend, we got some recommendations from Matt Reilly with our sister station KUTX 98.9, the Austin Music Experience.


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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late Ruth Brown, R&B singer-songwriter and actress.

Brown talks about running away from home, recording for Atlantic Records and suing for royalties.

Dan Brooks is moving to Austin from Philadelphia next week. But before he got here, he wanted some reading material.

“I like to know as much as possible about where I am, what community I’m a part of, where I’m living," he said. "It’s important for me to have an idea of the space that I’m occupying, and books are generally one good way to learn about a place.”

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Melinda Cantu and Coni Huntsman Stogner are longtime best friends and also co-vice presidents at the SAFE Alliance, which was created when SafePlace and the Austin Children’s Shelter merged about a year ago. They recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about their work, their children, and what it means for them to be feminists in 2018.

  

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Husband and wife Scott Hamilton and Susan Diamond recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with their seven-year-old son, Teo, and remembered the first time they met him and how he became a part of their family.

Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Matthew Zapruder about the collaboration that inspired his poem "Frankenstein Love" from his collection Come On All You Ghosts (2010).


The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, Feb. 2, 2018

Feb 2, 2018
Erika Rich for KUTX

The staff at our sister station, KUTX, scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

From Austin State Hospital's Volunteer Services Council, this month's Get Involved spotlight nonprofit:  

Since 1952, the Volunteer Services Council (VSC) has made a difference in the greater Austin community by bringing comfort and hope to the children and adults receiving treatment for mental illness at Austin State Hospital (ASH).  We invite you to continue partnering with the VSC by supporting our mission to enhance the quality of life of our patients.  Your support this year is more crucial than ever, given the ongoing State mental health funding deficits. 

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Over the past 30 years, artist Patrick Dougherty has created more than 250 Stickwork sculptures across the globe. The large-scale works, which are made from natural elements, tend to resemble whimsical structures or huts; they're meant to be touched, entered and explored from all sides. His latest work has just been completed in Pease Park.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late Alexander Murray Palmer Haley. Haley’s quest to learn more about his family history resulted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots: The Saga of an American Family.

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Judge Harriet Murphy is a longtime advocate for civil rights and a member of the National Bar Association Hall of Fame; in 1973 she became the first African-American woman to be appointed to a judgeship in the State of Texas, and her memoirs, There All The Honor Lies, will be published later this year by the University of Texas Press. She recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with her friend Anita Dabney to share memories of her life and career.

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On social media, cable TV – even on your drive to work – it can seem like we’re surrounded more and more by incivility. A new book by a pair of White House social secretaries is all about this idea.

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In our ATXplained project, we answer your questions about Austin.

Now it's your turn to answer a question. 

Listener Dan Brooks is looking for the best books about Austin (or Texas) for newcomers to the city. So we're asking you for your recommendations. 

The StoryCorps mobile booth is in Austin this month, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that are being recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air Monday and Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Colonel Dan Johnston recently sat down with his son Mike and shared some memories of his time in Vietnam and of finding peace and healing decades later.

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