Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas Zoo’s giraffe is expecting; to know West Dallas, start with the Great Depression; Chelsea Clinton talks growing up in politics in Dallas; and more.
Long before April the giraffe made headlines, Katie at the Dallas Zoo had the birth of her calf, Kipenzi, streamed live in April 2015. The zoo teamed up with Animal Planet for the event, and it gained a lot of attention. Sadly, so did Kipenzi’s untimely death that July. The calf ran into the edge of her habitat, breaking three vertebrae in her neck. Two years later, mom Katie is pregnant again, and she’ll be delivering the new bundle next month, the zoo announced Monday. But, this time around, the zoo is giving Katie some privacy. The expectant mother is already spending nights in the zoo's maternity stall in preparation for the big day, and in a few weeks, she won’t be hanging out in the giraffe habitat because her due date is sometime between mid-to-late May. The new baby will be Katie and dad Tebogo’s third calf and will join older sister, Jamie, born in July 2011. [The Dallas Zoo, KERA News]
- West Dallas is transforming, and residents who’ve lived there for generations are being pushed out. High-end restaurants and multiplying apartment complexes have crowded out the area’s bleak warehouses and weathered rental houses. A community of 305 families in such rental houses were served an eviction notice last fall after the city’s housing codes were strengthened. They have to be gone by summer but many don’t have an affordable option. KERA explores West Dallas and the people who call it home in our One Crisis Away series, “No Place To Go.” [KERA News]
- The New York Times recently gave a nod to Gideon F. Alorwoyie — director of UNT’s African Percussion Ensemble. An adjunct professor at the UNT since 1996, the 71-year-old percussionist, dancer and choreographer is also founder of Denton’s African Cultural Festival, which marked 20 years on April 8. According to Art&Seek: “The percussive rhythms and forms Alorwoyie knows are not written down; they’ve been passed from generation to generation through practice and performance with such master drummers as himself.” [Art&Seek, The New York Times]
- As the daughter of both a president and a party nominee, Chelsea Clinton has had an inside look at politics her entire life. On Sunday, she visited Dallas to talk about her life in and out of the spotlight — and about her book, “It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!” Clinton sat down with Krys Boyd, host of Think, in front of a live audience as part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s series, Arts & Letters Live. To hear their conversation, tune in at 1 p.m. or download the podcast later today. [Think]
- Ever wondered how the drugs we take change our bodies and our world? Find out in this pilot podcast from KERA and NPR. In 1982, seven people were murdered in the Chicago area. They died after swallowing Tylenol, which was laced with cyanide. As you listen to this medical murder mystery, you’ll learn how the case changed your life in a direct and intimate way. The pilot, hosted by KERA’s Lauren Silverman and Dr. Seema Yasmin, will only be available for a few days. [KERA, NPR]
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