Remembering NPR Book Critic Alan Cheuse

Jul 31, 2015
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A member of the All Things Considered family died today. Alan Cheuse, who reviewed books on the show almost every week since the early 1980s, was in a car accident in California two weeks ago and never regained consciousness. He was 75 years old.

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The do-it-yourself Fair Park art studio that doesn't look like a traditional studio. 

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It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how high you bid. Dallas-based Heritage auctions will sell off a treasure trove of Sylvester Stallone movie memorabilia this October.

From Rocky’s motorcycle to Rambo’s machete, there’s a little something for everyone.

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At the Pike Park summer camp in Dallas, kids do the usual summer camp stuff -- play games, dance, draw and eat. What makes this camp different? The kids are also learning about where they're going to camp -- the once-thriving uptown neighborhood known as Little Mexico.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: The investigation into Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's securities violations appears to be looking into his relationship with a tech company called Severgy.

Meredith Heuer

Serial reshaped the audio world last fall, spurring 80 million downloads and a months-long conversation about the decade-old murder of a Baltimore teenager and the young man convicted of killing her.

Serial host and co-creator Sarah Koenig is touring Texas this weekend -- Austin on Saturday, Fort Worth on Sunday and Dallas on Monday. She sat down to talk about making the 12-part podcast that became a binge-listening sensation.

The Cliburn

Virtuosity can be a tough thing to get a handle on – that’s exactly what a new documentary on the Cliburn International Piano Competition aims to do.The chronicle of the 2013 Cliburn in Fort Worth premieres nationally tonight on PBS. And KERA is the presenting station. 

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Quinn Mason’s been writing music for more than half his life, and he’s only 19. It’s been a life of challenges – he grew up the son of a single mom,  in a tough Dallas neighborhood, and he has Asperger’s syndrome, on the autism spectrum.  Quinn just got back from winning a national composition contest.


The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Today in Austin, lawmakers gathered for a hearing centered around Sandra Bland’s death, which has become a national story in the discussion about race. 


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.