Austin http://tpr.org en Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine http://tpr.org/post/step-behind-closed-doors-and-lbj-librarys-time-machine This week, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">is holding a major conference on civil rights</a>. It's a big deal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:05:10 +0000 Gene Demby 29834 at http://tpr.org Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood http://tpr.org/post/active-shooter-fort-hood-army-base <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four are dead and 16 are injured</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;from a shooting today at the Fort Hood Army post. The accused shooter is among the dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Just outside</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;of Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood is&#160;</span><a href="http://goo.gl/maps/4HzSG" style="line-height: 1.5;">about an hour north&#160;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of Austin.&#160;</span><p>Army officials have not released the identity of the shooter because his next-of-kin has not yet been notified, Lieutenant General&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mark Milley&#160;said at a news conference Wednesday night. But&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">NPR has confirmed his identity as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez.&#160;</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The events of the past have taught us many things at Fort Hood," Milley said. "We will get through this."</span><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:52:34 +0000 Wells Dunbar, KUT News 29380 at http://tpr.org Four Dead After Shooting at Fort Hood The Good And Bad Of Terrible Traffic http://tpr.org/post/good-and-bad-terrible-traffic Across the country, traffic is getting worse. That&#8217;s a good thing &#8212; at least in terms of economic indicators. More people on the roads means more people are headed to jobs and the economy is bouncing back.<p>One of the cities that has a major problem with traffic is Austin, Texas. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:49:29 +0000 editor 27756 at http://tpr.org Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches http://tpr.org/post/find-insect-dont-kill-it-its-killing-your-cockroaches <em>Story originally published Jan. 2, 2014.</em><p>It’s that time of year when insects want to get out of the cold and into your house.<p>Most people aren’t big fans of sharing their space with these creepy-crawlers. But if you see one particular insect – you’re better off <em>not</em> grabbing the bug spray.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127608802&color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:43:35 +0000 Laura Rice, KUT News 24533 at http://tpr.org Find an Insect Like This? Don't Kill It – It's Killing Your Cockroaches Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://tpr.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 23670 at http://tpr.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained http://tpr.org/post/ex-christian-rocker-faith-lost-following-gained Taylor Muse is the 31-year-old bandleader and songwriter of <a href="http://www.quietcompanymusic.com/about%20" target="_blank">Quiet Company</a>, an indie-rock band from Austin. A native of East Texas raised in a Southern Baptist church, he now reluctantly carries the banner of "that atheist rocker from Austin."<p>"Every band that I was in up until college was a Christian band," Muse says. "It was part of our identity as people, our identity as a community. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:29:35 +0000 John Burnett 23072 at http://tpr.org For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? http://tpr.org/post/listen-whats-carbon-footprint-your-thanksgiving-dinner As you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, consider this: how much energy it takes to produce and consume that food.<p>Throughout the year, transportation is responsible for 28 percent of our energy consumption. And there's&#160;a non-trivial bump right around Thanksgiving time. According to&#160;<a href="http://usatoday.com/">USA Today</a>, more than 25 million people in the United States are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday.&#160;<p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120784523" width="100%"></iframe><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 18:19:49 +0000 Michael Webber 22657 at http://tpr.org LISTEN: What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Thanksgiving Dinner? 'One Day In Dallas,' A KUT Special On JFK's Last Day http://tpr.org/post/one-day-dallas-kut-special-jfks-last-day <p>Texas Matters: "One Day in Dallas," a 30-minute special report from KUT based on extensive interviews with Sid Davis, the Westinghouse radio pool reporter in Dallas, and Julian Read, press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally. Both men describe that day in 1963 in vivid detail.</p><p><em>&nbsp; *More on this story is available from KUT in the related content block below.</em></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:19:00 +0000 David Martin Davies 22414 at http://tpr.org 'One Day In Dallas,' A KUT Special On JFK's Last Day Inside Parkland Hospital & Aboard Air Force One the Day JFK Was Killed http://tpr.org/post/inside-parkland-hospital-aboard-air-force-one-day-jfk-was-killed Before that afternoon fifty years ago, neither Sid Davis nor Julian Read could have expected what they’d be called upon to do – much less that they’d both be eyewitnesses to history.&#160;<p>Davis was a young radio reporter based in Washington D.C.<p>Read was on the other side of the journalistic fence, serving as press aide for Texas Gov. John Connally.<p>But they were both on a press bus in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was shot.<p>After 50 years of virtual silence, Austinite Julian Read recently opened up to KUT about his experience that day.&#160;<p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:11:50 +0000 Emily Donahue, KUT News & David Brown 22400 at http://tpr.org Inside Parkland Hospital & Aboard Air Force One the Day JFK Was Killed A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update) http://tpr.org/post/brief-history-student-conservatives-catch-illegal-immigrant-games-update <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Controversial Event Called Off</strong><p>The Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, originally scheduled for Wednesday.&#160;<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citing the university’s condemnation of the event, UT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia claims he canceled the event out of fears the university would retaliate against the group’s members, “and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers.”</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/836373-yct-ut-illegal-immigration-event-statement.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">read Garcia’s full remarks here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p><strong>Original Story</strong> (Nov. 19):&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news that the University of Texas chapter of the </span><a href="http://yctut.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Young Conservatives of Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;is planning a campus "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game for this week has </span><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/11/18/texas_campus_group_launches_undocumented_immigrant_sting/" style="line-height: 1.5;">taken</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the political blogosphere by </span><a href="http://gawker.com/conservative-college-kids-host-catch-an-illegal-immigr-1466830894" style="line-height: 1.5;">storm</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p>In case you haven’t heard: The group’s UT chapter <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/570575573015284/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular">has stated on Facebook</a> that it’s planning to hold the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant game” this Wednesday. (Here’s <a href="http://imgur.com/885UwmY">a screen grab of the invitation</a> in case it’s taken down.)<p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:33:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier, KUT News 22187 at http://tpr.org A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update)