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TPR Cinema
11:19 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Soundtrack Review: "The Life of Pi"

Sony Classical

With track titles as diverse as “Meeting Krishna” and “Thank You Vishnu For Introducing Me To Christ,” it’s appropriate that Mychael Danna’s score for “The Life of Pi” is an appealing mix of East Meets West, as strings, tablas, sitars, flutes, accordions and gamelans blend together for waltzes, Indian rhythms, and sweeping orchestral flourishes.

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Environment
11:05 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Laura Bush Encouraging Environmental Literacy Programs In Texas

Former First Lady, Laura Bush, after speaking at the Texas Natural Resources/Environmental Literacy Summit in San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR

Former First Lady Laura Bush was in San Antonio Friday to meet with educators at the Texas Natural Resource and Environmental Literacy Summit. Bush is working with a coalition to restore Texas natural lands and promote environmental literacy.

Environmental literacy is more than teaching kids to appreciate nature. Research shows kids who play in nature are more creative, stronger leaders, and have better physical and mental health.

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Environmental Protection
5:37 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Is $29 Million Too Much To Protect Texas Salamander Habitat?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public comment about granting federal protection for new salamander species in Central Texas.

Protecting these little guys it’s going to cost about $29 million in economic impact over the next 23 years.

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World Music
4:35 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

World Music Celebrations: Camel Fest!

Two members of the Jarl's squad, dressed as Vikings, are silhouetted in front of the burning galley at Up Helly Aa.
Mike Pennington Wikimedia Commons

Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, there'll be a beauty pageant for camels in India, and Scots transform into Vikings at the Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Read more about these unique festivals below, and see video of past celebrations!

BIKANER CAMEL FESTIVAL 

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Government
4:22 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas Legislature: Rep. Lavender Proposes Open Carry Law

A bill in the Texas House proposes removing the concealed portion of Texas gun laws allowing license holders to freely display their weapons.

State Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, proposed HB 700, which alters the code that says a firearm can’t be seen, but does require it be in a belt or shoulder holster with dual points of resistance.

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Cowboy Breakfast
2:56 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Tacos Everywhere At San Antonio Rodeo's Cowboy Breakfast

Kelly Diggs of St. Philip's College (left) and Gina Renobato prepare some of the 10,000 sausages that will feed the thousands of people attending
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

Thousands of people crowded the parking lot of Cowboys Dancehall this morning for the 35th annual Cowboy Breakfast in what has become a San Antonio Rodeo tradition. Although people show up for the free food, one local college benefits from the remaining sponsorship money

Roughly 35,000 people turned out for this year’s breakfast, and the unseasonably warm 60 degree weather and overcast skies only helped attendance.

Taking in the music, Brenda Duarte was waiting in line for food and said this is her third year attending with family.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

It's Not All About the Notes: What the Arts Teach Our Children

The arts teach on many different levels
Credit Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

The arts promote skills essential to academic and life success.

Bravo to Lisa Phillips, author, blog journalist, arts and leadership educator, speaker and business owner for this reminder that arts education in our  schools does much more than simply teach crafts, music and acting. There's also problem solving, creativity, confidence, and so much more that kids take away from these studies. 

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KPAC blog: The Piano
2:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

San Antonio International Piano Competition A Lesson In Contrast

Ihang Lin
San Antonio Inter. Piano Competition

Contrast really means something to those of us who enjoy classical music. The carefully constructed essence of music is the growth and movement between the various emotional plateaus of the composition. This is where the listener derives enjoyment, knowing that Beethoven, Stravinsky or Leonard Bernstein is in the driver's seat and that while we perhaps have a frame of reference for the adventure, we still don't completely know how the journey will proceed or end.

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Texas Matters
1:42 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Texas' Political Future: Medicaid, Business & Democrats

Dr. Bob Deuell, a state senator from Greenville, opposes the expansion of Medicaid availability
Shelley Kofler KERA-Dallas

Texas Matters: Governor Perry continues to say he will not expand Medicaid in Texas with federal funds as several Republican governors now say they will. A new study looks at the reality of job creators. A Beaumont attorney files a class-action lawsuit against pornography sites that host "revenge porn"; explicit photos and videos of women posted by ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands. Finally, what will it take to turn Texas Democrat blue?

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KPAC blog: Metropolitan Opera
12:27 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Puccini Gets Real In 'La Rondine' [With Video]

Kristine Opolais in 'La Rondine'
Metropolitan Opera

There are essentially two views of Puccini. To his admirers he is one of the most beloved, most lyrical and at times moving composers of the modern period -- and successful beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings.

Detractors, however, have a different view. For all the dramatic (or melodramatic) force of his music and his undeniable lyric gift, finally he is enthralled by the mob. His lucrative populism is almost an embarrassment, and the joke he once told about his talent: "God touched me, but with his little finger," is perhaps, a truer saying than his fans care to admit.

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