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A recent study from Stanford University found most teenagers couldn’t tell the difference between fake and credible news. That problem isn't limited to teens, though. Leading up to and after the election of Donald Trump, there’s been growing criticism over fake and hyper-partisan news sites. Overwhelmed social media users have even begun to cut back on their Facebook habits.

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A Baptist church in Dallas that's been in the national spotlight the last few years voted this week to grant full membership to folks in the LGBT community. And that effectively severs ties between Wilshire Baptist Church and the the Baptist General Convention of Texas, one of the governing bodies for Southern Baptists in the state.

It’s the latest in an ongoing debate among churches about LGBT inclusiveness.

The annual Texas Book Festival kicks off this weekend at the Texas State Capitol. The annual festival features readings, signings and discussions with over 280 authors from Texas and abroad. 

Check out a collection of Texas Standard and KUT interviews with some of this year's featured authors below. 

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has canceled concerts through the end of the year due to the ongoing musicians' strike.

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Music and art have thrived in Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood since the 1920s. But over the past six years, at least a dozen of the artists and musicians that called those four blocks their creative home have taken their lives. Fortunately, there’s a group in Deep Ellum with deep roots to the neighborhood and its music scene that hopes to prevent suicides in the creative community. 

State Fair of Texas

There’s so much to do at the State Fair of Texas -- rides, exhibits, games and taking the obligatory photo next to Big Tex. But what tends to grab the most headlines: the fried fair food concoctions.

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It’s Banned Books Week. The national weeklong event celebrates the freedom to read and open access to information. The week also serves as a reminder that many great works of literature — books like "The Great Gatsby," "1984," "The Bluest Eye" — were once deemed unfit for public consumption and censored.

What Can Austin Do to Support Its Musicians?

Sep 13, 2016

From Texas Standard:

Austin bills itself as the “Live Music Capital” of the world. But a flood of newcomers to the city has produced some dire consequences for the very people who've earned the city that title – the musicians who can no longer afford to live there.

Mayor Steve Adler says the city has reached a tipping point. 

 


Sam Lao is this week's Artist Spotlight.
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Welcome to the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight. Every Thursday, here and on KERA FM, we’ll explore the personal journey of a different North Texas creative. As it grows, this site, artandseek.org/spotlight, will eventually paint a collective portrait of our artistic community. Check out all the artists we’ve profiled.

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Former Gov. Rick Perry is joining the new season of "Dancing With the Stars."

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