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Three Questions with Mose Buchele

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Our “Three Questions” series profiling KUT reporters continues this month with Mose Buchele whose stories Infinite Voyage Through Austin’s Recycling Stream and Turtle Nerds on Patrol were recently recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters.

A member of the KUT News staff since 2009, Mose is a senior reporter covering energy and the environment. Known for his masterful storytelling ability, he has won the Charles E. Green Award for Best Radio Reporter two years in a row.

Before joining KUT News, Mose worked as a blogger on politics and an education reporter at his hometown paper in Western Massachusetts. He holds master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Say hi to Mose on Twitter @MoseBuchele.

What are you listening to these days?
I listen to a lot of the shows you might expect (shows in the vein of “This American Life,” or shows about politics) but lately I’ve been escaping more often into the world of horror and science fiction podcasting. I’m talking about shows like "Psuedopod," the “world’s premier horror fiction podcast,” and "The No Sleep Podcast" where narrators and voice actors tell chilling and fantastic tales. 

These stories get me out of my own head and into strange fictional worlds that can be scary, funny and often pretty cheesy. It’s relaxing and provides a welcome vacation from the news that occupies so much of my time. 

Read anything interesting lately?
I recently read a powerful article in the New Yorker called "The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS," in which reporter Like Mogelson follows an elite Iraqi SWAT team committed to retaking their home town of Mosul. It was recommended to me by John Burnett who said it was some of the best combat writing he’d ever read. I agree. 

What are you loving about the ATX lately?
My wife and I have a 9-month-old son and a daughter who will be 3 years old in a few months. My favorite thing these days is spending time with them. We do a lot of outdoors stuff, visit parks and playgrounds, fly kites. In the summer we’ll hit up the splash pads. 

Other things I like to do? Jog around Lady Bird Lake, hike along Austin’s greenbelts, make nice big dinners, and hang out with friends, just talking, drinking beer and playing guitar.

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