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Doris Miller is one of Waco’s often-overlooked WWII heroes. He was an African American mess man on the U.S.S West Virginia during Pearl Harbor. Fittingly on Pearl Harbor day, Miller’s finally getting a memorial in his honor.


Art in Waco has been hard to find if you didn't know where to look, but now there’s a home for it in Waco’s cultural arts district. December 1st was the grand opening for a dedicated art space in the heart of downtown. Will Burney has more. 


Santa Claus Is Coming to Waco

Dec 1, 2017
Charla Holmes, Holmes Photographic Art

There’s a time honored tradition of the Christmas season…Santa Claus.  Our Will Burney takes us behind the beard….


Central Texas Leadership Series: Ryan Holt

May 12, 2017

Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt joins Nan Holmes on this edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series. 


Events May 5 - 11

May 5, 2017

We're scratching the surface of events in Wacotown on this edition of Act Locally Waco.  Learn more about First Friday "Pup" Crawl, Brazos Nights Cinco De May Celebration and  Waco Walks Walk-a-palooza week! 


Downtown Depot: Wendy Gragg

Mar 3, 2017

On this week's episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks witih Wendy Gragg who runs downtownwacotx.com, a city-sponsored blog covering all the happenings in downtown Waco. Wendy talks about her time in the city and how shes seen in grow over the past decade. 

At TSTC's Challenger Center, Students Learn in Outer Space

Feb 7, 2017

Last September, Texas State Technical College opened a Challenger Learning Center at its Waco campus. The facility is meant to stir interest in subjects like science and math – all through a simulated space mission.


Downtown Depot: Dana Miller

Feb 3, 2017

On this week's Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks with Dana Miller of the Village Herbalist & Holistic Health Center. He also speaks with Lucra Real Estate about development in town, and previews a new series about getting involved in Waco real estate. 


Deputy Manager talks Water Rates Increase and City Projects

Jan 11, 2017
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Starting this month in Waco you will notice an uptick on your water bill. That's because the city's water rates were increased in order to bolster a multimillion dollar, 10-year-long water works project. Deputy city manager Wiley Stem explains the increase and the projects in this interview.


Downtown Depot: Dillon Meek

Jan 6, 2017

In this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks with City Councilman and local attorney, Dillon Meek. The two discuss developments in older Waco neighborhoods, Meek's history and what he sees in the future for Waco. 


The Long and Forgotten History of Texas' Mutualistas

Dec 23, 2016

If you’re a life-long Texan, you many have heard of a mutualistas. These mutual aid societies were part of a long tradition in Mexico, and found their way into Texas in the late 1800s. The organizations worked to provide low-income families with resources they otherwise might not have access to. While most disappeared in the 30s and 40s, throughout Texas today there are still a small number of in operation, including one thriving community mutualista in Waco that’s been around for more than 90 years. 


Waco Baha'i Center Shows Advocacy Through Art

Nov 30, 2016

Scrawled on walls in cities like New York, Rio De Janeiro, and London are the words “education is not a crime.” You can now find that phrase in Waco. It’s part of an international awareness campaign. KWBU sat down with the mural's artist and a member of the Baha'i Center to find out more. 


From Texas Standard:

My favorite snack as a teenager was a Dr Pepper with salty peanuts. You remember: you pour the peanuts into the Dr Pepper and let them float around and season the drink. Didn’t get much better than that.

Dr Pepper is the oldest soft drink in America. Older than Coca-Cola, in fact, by a full year. It was created in 1885 by a pharmacist, Charles Alderton, in Waco, Texas. And its original name was Waco – it was served there at the soda fountain in the drugstore. The drink was an instant hit; customers would sit down on one of those old spinning stools and say, “Shoot me a Waco.”

 


Q&A: Andrea Ramirez on Education Equity and Faith

Oct 18, 2016

Today, the 7th annual National Hispanic Education Summit was held in Waco. The event centered on addressing challenges and discussing solutions for increasing Latino college graduation rates. Andrea Ramirez is one of the presenters. She’s  the executive director of the Faith and Education Coalition, a group born out of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. She talked to us about education equity and how faith can play a role in that.  


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