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Austin, Texas, is looking to cut back on energy use during the hottest times of year by requiring smart thermostats in new homes. Austin Energy, the city’s public utility company, is also offering rebates to customers who allow the company to access their thermostats and adjust them to save energy during peak use times. Deborah Kimberly , vice president of customer energy solutions at Austin Energy, talks about the benefits of smart thermostats with Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson. Guest Deborah...

From Texas Standard: Over the years I've been defined as many things: a woman, a mother, a grandmother. I've been an activist, a professional and a retiree. Now, I'm a public servant in Austin on the city council. My district has more African Americans than any other in the city. Over the years, as you may imagine, some of my roles have changed. But least one remains: I'm a mother – no matter how old my son and daughter may be. I imagine most parents are like me. That's why my heart breaks when I try to step into the shoes of the parents, family and friends whose loved ones have been killed.

Every year, the SXSW Music Festival features thousands of artists from around the world. And every year, The Austin 100 winnows them down to an even hundred discoveries and highlights across genres. Each song on the list is streamable through NPR Music's gorgeous Austin 100 app until March 31, 2017. This is a remarkable six hours of music — painstakingly culled from a bulk playlist spanning nearly five days — all designed to trigger further exploration. It's also only the beginning of our...

Austin has a new synagogue well, its new to Austin. It’s actually the oldest synagogue built in Texas. Orthodox Jews who emigrated from Lithuania to Brenham, Texas, gathered in this synagogue built in 1893. Over the decades that followed, the Jewish community in that area dwindled. But several years ago, a descendant of the original founders, Leon Toubin, started the process of relocating the temple to Austin.  Veronica Zaragovia from Here & Now contributor KUT reports. Read more via KUT...

The 22 nd Annual Austin Film Festival is getting underway. This year’s lineup includes more than 180 films – 20 of which are world or North American premieres. The film festival and conference is unique because it was founded to recognize some of the less talked about people behind films – screenwriters. And that’s still true after 22 years. But the festival has also evolved a lot in recent years.

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