Preserving the starry, starry night

Sun, Aug 2, 2015 - 9:49am


Are city lights and suburban street lamps dimming our view of the starry, starry night? Not everywhere. At least not yet. Barry Petersen takes us stargazing. Originally broadcast August 10, 2014:


In west Texas, there's not much to see in a vast stretch of emptiness ... that is, until the sun calls it a day.


And then, up there, is a night sky bursting with stars . . . a jam-packed canopy of constellations.


On most weekends, Ron Dilulio sings about the night sky at a Dallas nightclub. And he doesn't just croon about the moon; it's also his real...

How Mighty Is 'Black Twitter'?

Sun, Aug 2, 2015 - 5:00am

Did you know Twitter has a vice president of diversity and inclusion? This is currently Janet Van Huysee’s job. She’s a well-compensated white woman who was not hired by “Black Twitter.”Like prison, the overrepresentation of African-Americans among Twitter users is well documented, uncontested. The Washington Post‘s Soraya Nadia McDonald describes “Black Twitter” as a cultural force “replete with inside jokes, slang and rules, centered on the interests of young Blacks online – almost a quarter of all Black Internet users are on Twitter.”This cyber-cluster of melanin has attracted increasing examination, regular adulation and even...

Cinéma Engagé: Filmmaker Chronicles Texas Fracking Wars

Fri, Jul 31, 2015 - 1:37pm

When voters in the city of Denton, Texas, approved a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing last November, documentary filmmaker Garrett Graham believed he had found the perfect ending to his film about the organized actions taken by a suburban community to stop natural gas drilling.

For months, Graham, a Denton resident, had used his camera to chronicle the meticulous efforts of a group of residents to make their city a haven from the oil and gas drilling practice commonly called fracking. They had jumped through what they believed were all the necessary legal hoops, and after all the votes were tallied, residents erupted...

Lawmakers Met In Austin For Hearing On Sandra Bland's Arrest, Death

Fri, Jul 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Texas and America are wrestling with the relationship between African Americans and police.

In Austin Thursday, legislators gathered for a hearing focused on Sandra Bland’s death, which has become a national flash point in the discussion about race. 

The hearing is the first time lawmakers have met to discuss the circumstances surrounding the death the 28-year-old black woman from suburban Chicago. Authorities say Bland on July 13 hanged herself in jail, a finding that her family has questioned.

Bland was in custody for allegedly assaulting a white Texas trooper who on July 10 pulled her over in Waller...

Home away from home

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 - 12:07pm

Shay Youngblood, an adviser and curator of family programs for the University of North Texas art gallery, will explain how one’s memories affect the concept of “home” during her performance piece, “Add Architecture, Stir Memory.”

Youngblood came to better understand her thesis after she took a trip to Japan in March of 2011. During her time there, she witnessed an earthquake followed by a tsunami and nuclear fallout. According to Youngblood, the aftermath of each impacted the people of Japan and what they considered “home” – even though many of the physical homes were destroyed in the tragedy.

She plans on using...