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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the Summit On Race In America: Liberty and Justice for All, held last spring at the LBJ Presidential Library at UT Austin.

Featured on the program are two civil rights legends: Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the Honorable Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador, congressman and mayor of Atlanta. 

Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, originally from Ecuador
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Ximena Cardoso-Sloane, a math teacher in Round Rock, never planned to move to the U.S. She left her native Ecuador in 2000 to visit a friend in America — and ended up staying.

"In my heart," she says, "I always was a citizen of the world."

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The Austin Public Library launched its own music streaming service late last year, offering up a collection of tracks by local musicians. Electric Lady Bird is free for anyone – whether or not you have a library card.

The idea behind the service is to share Austin music and to help practicing musicians find new fans.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, June 14, 2019

Jun 14, 2019
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Most Fridays, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.

"Mini murals" painted on traffic signal cabinets
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Four intersections around Austin are now home to murals by local artists. The city’s Artbox program worked with Houston-based UP Art Studio to commission artists to paint traffic signal cabinets — which hold the guts of stoplights — as the first round of “mini murals.”

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Linda Burke, a board-certified OB-GYN, and author of The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to minimize risks, avoid complications and have a healthy baby. Dr. Burke is on a mission to keep pregnant women and their babies out of harm’s way.

Dr. Burke talks about preventable medical errors, labor-room problems, maternal mortality and planning your pregnancy.

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Monica Caivano came to Austin from Argentina in 1994. She co-founded Esquina Tango, a "mini cultural center" that teaches language and dance in East Austin.

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“I definitely lobbied [for the job],” says Liz Fisher, who is directing Penfold Theatre’s new production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, “because it’s a play that’s been very near and dear to my heart for many, many years."

Fisher says it was one of the first plays she ever performed in and got her "hooked" on Shakespeare.

In this episode of This is Just To Say, producer Rebecca McInroy and Carrie Fountain talk with poet and poetry critic Stephanie Burt about gender and her experience transitioning, and the world of young adult fiction.

On this edition of This is Just to Saypoet Chen Chen reads his poem "Poem" from his new book, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about craft, humor and how he came to poetry.

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This just in: The Muppets have arrived at NPR!

The news has stopped!

Count von Count and the NPR kids count us down: 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1!

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We're celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by highlighting people who have moved to Austin from all over the world.

 

Anna Katrina Davey is originally from Italy, but spent time in Germany and Vietnam before moving to Austin. She owns a company that trains businesspeople to recognize and understand cultural differences with people they do business with in other countries.

Commentary: We're In A Golden Age Of Black Horror Films

Jun 9, 2019
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In the horror genre, black is definitely back.

The movie “Ma,” which premiered May 31, stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann, a lonely middle-age woman who clings to a group of teens to the point of obsession.

Erika Wennerstrom performing.
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Most Fridays, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a 2005 interview with Dr. Lorraine E. Branham, who was then director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

She went on to become dean and professor of journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications

Branham died in April at 66.  

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We're celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month by highlighting people who have moved to Austin from all over the world.

From Texas Rollergirls, this month's Get Involved spotlight organization:  

Formed in 2003 as the only sports league of its kind, Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby® started today's Flat Track Derby movement. There are now more than 300 Flat Track Derby leagues worldwide, with more forming every week. In its current incarnation, Roller Derby is a genuine athletic competition complete with well-defined rules, divisions, tournaments, and a governing body: the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Most Fridays, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Alicia Olatuja, vocalist, composer and arranger. When you hear Olatuja sing, it’s something you won’t soon forget.

She has taken being a vocalist to a whole new level, by combining many genres including classical, jazz and R&B.

Olatuja talks about singing for President Obama, her new CD, female artists and her feminine strength.

“I was doing it for two years in New York with my co-host and good friend Liisa Murray,” says Meghan Ross of her variety show That Time of the Month. “And then when I moved to Austin I wanted to bring it down here with me, so it’s been about two years in Austin as well. And it’s grown since then, and changed in format. And, yeah, it’s found a nice home here in Austin.

This weekend marks Austin’s first People of Color Comedy Festival. But while the fest is brand new, it’s been a dream for founder Leng Wong for several years.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019

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

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Plenty of data show that the population of older Texans - and specifically, older Central Texans - is growing.  The numbers certainly tell one story about seniors. But it does not show how our society regards and treats them. Older Americans Month is a time to take a closer look at stereotypes, misconceptions and even jokes commonly aimed at seniors.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes highlights of the 32nd Super Bowl Breakfast, in which Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell received The Athletes In Action/Bart Starr Award.

Also featured on the program are former NFL head coach Tony Dungy, former Atlanta Falcons head coach and two-time Super Bowl champion Dan Reeves; and Clark Hunt, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs.

City Scenes: The Best Hotspots In Austin

May 22, 2019

In case you haven't noticed, we take music seriously here in Austin.

Eric Culver, one of the co-founders of the online marketplace ArtStartArt, got a degree in art and later went to business school, so starting a business that helps art students sell their works online was a natural use for all of his schooling. “Yes, it’s certainly kind of the culmination of all my both education and professional experiences,” Culver says. “This definitely makes sense, at least on paper.

“I had done some productions for KLRN prior to [Carrascolendas]… without budgets, you know,” says Aida Barrera. “But then I decided that maybe the time had come to go out and look for some funding and do a series that would have a different kind of goal. That turned out to be Carrascolendas.”

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights from the 32nd Super Bowl Breakfast, in which Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell received The Athletes In Action/Bart Starr Award.

Also featured on the program are Bart Starr Jr. and former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.

Poet and professor Dr. Lisa Moore talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain and KUT producer Rebecca McInroy about the profound and urgent work of the poet and activist Adrienne Rich.

Moore reads Rich's poem "What Kind of Times are These" and discusses various other works including one of her most famous poems "Diving Into The Wreck" from her book Diving Into The Wreck: Poems 1971-1972.

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