KUT Events

An empty city council dias with flags in the background.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Five seats on the Austin City Council are up for election this November.

What do you want the candidates to be talking about as they try to earn your vote?

Jeff Levine places a face mask over the statue of Steve Ray Vaughn at Auditorium Shores during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

On our next edition of Now What?, KUT's weekly livestreamed discussion series in partnership with UT Austin and the Dell Medical School, we'll talk with Darlene Bhavnani, an epidemiologist at Dell Med.

This week on Now What?, KUT's weekly livestreamed discussion series in partnership with UT Austin and the Dell Medical School, we'll talk with Dr. Parker Hudson, who leads the contact tracing team at UT Health Austin.

Contact tracing is the work of idenifying and isolating possible cases of a disease like COVID-19. Austin has hundreds of people working to find out who people with confirmed cases have come into contact with and warning those folks to stay isolated and get tested. 

People venture out on South Congress as the state relaxes rules on bars and restaurants.
Michael Minasi / KUT

What can data tell us about where the pandemic is headed next?

Join us for the next episode of our weekly livestreamed interview series, Now What?, at noon on June 3 when we’ll talk with Lauren Ancel Meyers, a mathematical epidemiologist at UT Austin.

A traffic signs tells drivers to call 211 with coronavirus questions.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

What do you want to know about the search for a COVID-19 vaccine?

Join KUT’s Jennifer Stayton for a discussion with Jason McLellan, an associate professor of molecular bioscience at UT Austin, about how vaccines are developed and learn more about the search for one for the new coronavirus.

Murals adorn boarded-up businesses along Sixth Street. Businesses across the city were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Join KUT on Monday at 11 a.m. for a live conversation with Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Franklin Gardens near E.M. Franklin Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is a city-owned property that has been made into affordable housing.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

****This event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic****

Join KUT, the Texas Observer and the Austin Monitor for a live discussion about housing in Austin — why it’s so expensive and ways we can make it more affordable.

Hazel O'Neil / KUT

Perhaps especially in an election year, we need stories about bridging differences and seeing the world from another perspective. 

We're teaming up with the Austin Public Library Foundation for a storytelling project called Common Ground

Over the coming weeks, we’re inviting you to craft personal stories of overcoming differences with others — whatever that might mean to you — at one of a series of creative writing workshops.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Curious about the candidates running in the March 3 primaries in Texas?

Join KUT, Good Politics, MOVE Texas, USTomorrow and the Austin Monitor for a night dedicated to learning about the people who want to represent you (but in a fun way).

Hazel O'Neil

TICKETS | Get your tickets here

Friends: Last year, our ATXplained project brought seven brand-new stories based on your questions to the stage.

Join us for a holiday-themed trivia night at the Cactus Cafe on Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Host Jimmy Maas will put your skills to the test with categories that may include “current events,” “history,” “office parties,” “uncomfortable dinners” and “questions KUTX staffers might know.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. Tickets at cactuscafe.org.

Kick off your holiday season with KUT and KUTX at our annual Sing-Along and Tree Lighting, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll.

The carols begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Rusty on the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve got you covered with complimentary keepsake songbooks.

If you've ever thought you would have better answers than your elected leaders, here's your chance to prove it. 

KUT and the Austin Monitor are pitting a group of City Council members against their fellow Austinites in a test of knowledge starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the North Door on Brushy Street.

We'll also watch the Democratic presidential debate after trivia — so join us for drinks, trivia and debate watching!

RSVP here.

Join KUT And KUTX For A Pre-Game Tailgate Nov. 9

Nov 1, 2019

Join KUT and KUTX for a pre-game tailgate party at the Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas State Wildcats football game on Saturday, Nov. 9. Swing by to enjoy food and drink, play a game of news versus music cornhole, pick up cool swag and enter to win a prize pack. It’s free and there’s no need to RSVP.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

KUT and KUTX Tailgate | 10:30 a.m. | Stay and watch the game
UT vs. Kansas State | 2:30 p.m.

The next Democratic presidential debate is coming up on Nov. 20. Nine candidates have qualified so far. 

KUT and "Texas Standard" at the Texas Book Festival

Oct 1, 2019
Texas Book Festival

Journalists and producers at KUT and “Texas Standard” are proud to moderate author panels at the 2019 Texas Book Festival taking place in and around the grounds of the State Capitol Building the weekend of October 26 and 27.

If you plan to go, be sure to stop by some of these panels to say hello.


Join KUT and Good Politics at Austin Motel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard and poolside as we share Lone Stars and hear local leaders unpack what is actually going on in Texas politics — from new laws passed at the state Capitol this year to the possibility of Texas being a swing state in 2020.

But what does all of that actually mean for us?

Join in for a wide-ranging conversation with KUT’s Ashley Lopez, along with elected officials and others to talk about:

Angela Hsieh / NPR

The third round of the Democratic presidential primary debates are down to only one night and just 10 candidates. But there’s still plenty to learn about each one’s platform and policy arguments.

Rob Rosenthal

This week, KUT is hosting the Transom Traveling Workshop, where 10 new radio producers learn everything they need to know about telling stories in sound. 

Each student will produce one audio story about an interesting person in our community. 

Be the first to hear these brand-new stories at a listening event Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in KUT's Studio 1A. We'll listen to the stories and hear from each of the producers about their experience making their first radio story. 

Brian Fleming lives under an overpass in Austin.
Julia Reihs / KUT

KUT hosted an hourlong discussion during Morning Edition on the issue of homelessness in the city, featuring guests across the spectrum, along with the people with the most at stake — Austinites living on the street.

Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Austin City Council's approval of a new city-owned shelter and its revisions to city law that expand where people can rest, camp and ask for money have sparked a polarizing discussion about public safety, public health and the future of Austin itself.

An illlustration of two people facing each other with microphones
Angela Hsieh / NPR

The second round of Democratic presidential primary debates are coming up. But instead of watching the next one home alone, why not make it a party?

There's plenty of heat around the big statewide and congressional races this fall, but maybe the biggest impact on your day-to-day life comes from local government. There are five Austin City Council races — plus the mayor — on the ballot in November.

To help you make a more informed choice, KUT, the Austin Monitor, Glasshouse Policy and A Functional Democracy are hosting a series of forums with council candidates in October.

KUT, the Austin Monitor, Glasshouse Policy and A Functional Democracy are hosting a series of forums for candidates running for Austin City Council this fall.

Join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the North Door at 501 Brushy St. for a kick-off event.

When we started our ATXplained project more than two years ago, we wanted to get our audience more involved with the journalism we do at KUT.

Since then, we’ve done more than 40 stories based on your questions about Austin’s people, places and history. You’ve asked questions about our city that we would never have thought to ask — and the resulting stories have taught us that there are so many more amazing stories to tell.

Now we want to bring you even closer to the work that we do. 

The Trump administration's immigration policies have prompted outrage from some, praise from others — and in some parts of the community — fear.

Join us on Wednesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for Beyond the Border: How Immigration Enforcement Impacts Austin. We'll hear stories from members of the community about how federal immigration policies are affecting them personally, how those policies are affecting public health and how they're affecting the economy.