Art and Culture

Art and Culture
4:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders

Chris Tomlinson in the KUT studios.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:10 pm

Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. Tomlinson Hill is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.

Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy – so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.

It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book, "Tomlinson Hill."

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Likely Stories: The Chocolate War

Jim McKeown

Classic Young Adult novel with an enticing title and relevance to the epidemic of bullying grabbing the attention of educators today.

 


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Art and Culture
9:47 am
Fri July 11, 2014

An 11,000-Mile Trip, a 1949 Car, and One Big Point About U.S. Infrastructure

Author Dan McNichol's "Dire States" tour of the U.S is drawing attention to the country's aging infrastructure.
Reynaldo Leanos/KUT

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:43 pm

Can you compare a 1949 Hudson car to America’s aging infrastructure?

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Dan McNichol thinks so – and says it's time to rebuild.

McNichol is driving an antique Hudson across the United States for several months, traveling 11,000 miles with stops in cities including Boston, San Diego, Washington and Austin to raise awareness about the state of America’s infrastructure – and what can be done about it.

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Race
1:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention

This spot forbids "urban wear" — and also orthodontia, apparently.
memestate flickr

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:37 pm

A Minneapolis nightspot called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.

No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. No excessively baggy clothing.

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:44 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Likely Stories: The Obituary Writer

Jim McKeown

Two women separated by over 40 years have a surprising connection.

 


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