Podcast

The Daily Texan Podcast is a weekly, student-run podcast recapping each week in UT news. The podcast airs live on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. on KVRX.

Feb. 28, 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Nicole Cobler and Julia Brouillette discuss the results from the student elections, including the Rady-Strickland campaign winning the Student Government executive alliance race. They also talk about last week's Texas Student Media board meeting and a recent incident in which APD arresting a jogger in West Campus for "failure to identify" and "failure to obey a pedestrian control device."

Feb. 21, 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Bobby Blanchard discuss the Interfraternity Council's decision not to endorse any candidates in the Student Government races and the results of the Senate of College Councils election. They also discuss Bobby's recent in-depth story on connections between the executive alliance campaigns and student organizations on campus.

Feb. 14. 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Bobby Blanchard and Madlin Mekelburg discuss UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's resignation and the upcoming student elections. They also talk about the Austin City Council's vote on stealth dorms.

Feb. 7, 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Madlin Mekelburg discuss a letter sent by UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations and recap the recent board of regents meeting. They also talk about recent news surrounding the implementation of the Shared Services Plan at UT.

Jan. 31, 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Julia Brouillette and Nicole Cobler talk about the University's handling of Tuesday's inclement weather. They also discuss a proposal submitted by three student leaders to the University and UT System to increase tuition for non-resident students and a petition to restore funding for the Texas Memorial Museum.

Jan. 24, 2014: In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Jordan Rudner and Bobby Blanchard discuss the latest news surrounding Texas Student Media's move to the Moody College of Communication and the hiring of Clay Johnston as the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School. They also discuss Texas gubernatorial campaign donations from UT faculty, staff and regents.

Jan. 17, 2014: In the first podcast of 2014, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Bobby Blanchard and Madlin Mekelburg discuss UT's hiring of Charlie Strong as head coach of the football team and the decision to move Texas Student Media to the Moody College of Communication.

More committee hearings, football tickets and a Fisher v. Texas update: ​In this week's The Daily Texan Podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the latest ongoing developments in the Wallace Hall committee hearings. They also talk about Christine's in-depth look at alumni tickets and an update on The Fisher v. Texas hearings. 

New athletic director, sexual assault and latest regent controversy: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the most recent regent controversies. They also talk about the new athletic director and Rudner's story on the underreporting of sexual assault.

Abortion fight, casting conflicts and budget cuts: In this week’s The Daily Texan podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the developments in Texas’ new abortion law. They also talk about the conflicts behind casting in the College of Fine Arts, and the budget cuts at the Texas Memorial Museum.

Undocumented Students, Moody Foundation and Regent News: ​In this podcast, Christine Ayala, Jordan Rudner and special guest Madlin Meckelburg discuss the long discussion at the Student Government meeting on undocumented students. They also discuss the $50 million donation from the Moody Foundation to the College of Communication, and the committee hearings on Wallace Hall.

Student Government debates stipends and federal government reopens: ​In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner break down a possible upcoming resolution in Student Government that will end stipends for members of SG's executive board. They also discuss how the reopening of the federal government has impacted UT.

Post Office closure, CapMetro closure and course auditing: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and special guests Madlin Mekelburg and Anthony Green discuss the news that the campus post office is slated to close in February. They also discuss CapMetro and the possible safety loophole course auditing creates.

Wendy Davis, Government Shutdown and ACL: In this week's Daily Texan Podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss Wendy Davis' announcement, the government shutdown and ACL.

4 year graduation rates and Bevo​: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the recent four year graduation rates and Christine Ayala's long form feature on UT's mascot — Bevo.

Funding for engineering building, foundations adjustments: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Jordan Rudner and Jacob Kerr discuss the recent action by the UT System Board of Regents to approve a new funding plan for the University's new engineering building. They also discuss adjustments made to the University's foundations policy and President William Powers Jr. State of the University address.

Updates on the Longhorn Network and the Regents: In the first Daily Texan podcast of the 2013 fall semester, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss updates on the Longhorn Network and some of the recent Board of Regents controversies.

DT Podcast: Regents, MyEdu and X Games: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala, Jody Serrano and special guest Jacob Kerr discuss the UT regents, MyEdu and ESPN's X Games. They also get off topic for a little bit and discuss the royal baby and tea.

Death and Life of the Albino Squirrel: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jody Serrano discuss the most recent UT System Board of Regent meeting, the final stages of the abortion legislation in the Texas legislature and the life and death of UT's famous albino squirrel (which isn't really albino). 

The Second Special Session — The Sequel​: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christian Ayala and special guest Laura Wright discuss the second special session of the 83rd Legislature. They also discuss how the national spotlight has turned to Texas following the filibuster in the first special session, and how that might impact the political ambitions of Rick Perry and other politicans.​

Finally Fisher: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and special guest Andrew Messamore speak about the recent controversies at the State Capitol regarding abortion legislation. The also talk about the recent Supreme Court decision on Fisher v. Texas. Recorded June 28, 2013.

Drama at the lege: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Jody Serrano and Christine Ayala speak about the recent controversies at the State Capitol regarding abortion legislation. The trio also talk about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's vetoes and the ongoing wait for Fisher v. Texas. Recorded June 21, 2013.

Welcome Back: In the first summer podcast, Bobby Blanchard introduces his two new podcasters: Jody Serrano and Christine Ayala. The three discuss the anticipation surrounding Fisher v. Texas, the drama surrounding tuition revenue bonds and the excitement around the ESPN X Games. 
Podcast Picks:
Jody Serrano: During warm summer months, UT restores decade-old air conditioning systems 
Christine Ayala: As nonresident tuition rises, international UT students face many challenges
Bobby Blanchard: UT stresses four-year graduation at orientation​

Foundations: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guests Megan Strickland talk about The Daily Texan's foundation package.


Podcast Picks: 
Megan Strickland: Is puppy love worth the cost? 
Andrew Messamore: The first lawsuits against West Fertilizer Co. and Adair Grain have been filed 
Alexa Ura: Cleaning up the corner: Outreach and altruism at 12th and Chicon 
​Bobby Blanchard: West Procession & Memorial Services

 

Oil and Board of Regents: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura and special guests Megan Strickland and Jordan Rudner talk about Friday's special oil package and the ongoing conflict with the Board of Regents.


Megan Strickland: UTPD looks at Los Angeles Police Captain for new chief position 
Jordan Rudner: Health care law impacts hours for Co-op workers​
Alexa Ura: Oil! In Midland 
Bobby Blanchard: Regents revisit Commission of 125​

A&M's Controversy and UT's Admissions Policy: In this week's podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Jordan Rudner talk about A&M's recent controversial "Religious Funding Exemption Bill" and a few state bills that would provide UT with a safety net should the Supreme Court rule in the favor of Abigail Fisher in the Fisher v. Texas court case.


​DT Podcast Picks:
Andrew Messamore: Anti-slavery event Polaris covers human trafficking in Austin 
Jordan Rudner: Bill would look into restructuring sexual assault policies at Texas universities
Alexa Ura: UT research group uses math, simulations to analyze hurricanes
Bobby Blanchard: UT's irrigation system saves millions of gallons since last year
Jordan Rudner's "Headline of the Week": "FareWills, we're out the Thor​"
 

Gender Equity, Board of Regents (again) and the Class of 2017: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Jordan Rudner discuss the changes to gender equity on campus following a report five years ago that found a significant pay gap between men and women on campus. They also revisit the controversies surrounding the UT System Board of Regents, and they discuss the size of the upcoming freshmen class.


DT Podcast Picks:
Andrew Messamore: Students and staff voice opposition to committee's cost-cutting recommendations  
Alexa Ura: Invisibility cloak in the works at UT​ 
Bobby Blanchard: UT student watches from courtroom floor as justices debate marriage equality​
 

Powers v. Board of Regents: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Joshua Fechter talk about the recent tensions and controversies regarding UT President William Powers Jr. and the UT System's Board of Regents.


DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Andrew Messamore: Recent developments in Jennifer Cave murder case suggest alternative perpetrator 
Joshua Fechter: Bill could allow UT employees to share benefits with same-sex partners 
Alexa Ura: UT veterans reflect on duty on 10th anniversary of Iraq invasion 
Bobby Blanchard: Clubs housed in Anna Hiss Gym worry about remodeling, while UT says no changes will be made soon

Protest, Investments and Plastic Bags: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Andrew Messamore, Hannah Jane DeCiutiis and Natalie Hee talk about the protest and backlash The Daily Texan got for an ad that ran in Monday's paper. They also talk about the web of business connections Regent Alex Cranberg has to a company the UT System has invested in and the recent plastic bag ban.

DT Podcasts Picks of the Week:
Andrew Messamore: Living without fear
​Hannah Jane DeCiutiis: Homosexuality healthy in humans, animals alike
Natalie Hee: Taking the "Daily" Out of the Texan 
​Bobby Blanchard: Lack of sleep among UT students an issue on campus

 
 
The Future of the Texan: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura and Andrew Messamore discuss the most recent Texas Student Media board meeting, at which the possibility of cutting The Daily Texan's print production was discussed.

DT Podcasts Picks of the Week:
Alexa Ura: Arms full of Daily Texans 
Bobby Blanchard: Advice on overcoming your horoscope and your parents

Partners in Graduation: In this podcast, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Jordan Rudner discuss the latest changes coming for graduate students and four-year tuition rates, as well as a University Faculty Council resoultion supporting domestic partner benefits on the Forty Acres.

DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Jordan Rudner: LBJ Library releases love letters between President Johnson and Lady Bird through their courtship
Alexa Ura: From Point A to Point B: UT shuttle drivers keep the schedule rolling
Andrew Messamore: Scandalized but Unscrutinized

Major Issues:  In this podcast, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Shabab Siddiqui discuss the details surrounding the announcement that UT football offensive coordinator Major Applewhite engaged in "inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student" in 2009. 

DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Shabab Siddqui: UT System Board of Regents in limbo with expiration of three terms and Election Supervisory Board hopes election code changes mean smoother campaign season
Alexa Ura: CPRIT impact on UT research unclear
Andrew Messamore: In examining affordability, the amount of graduation debt varies by college

More Money, More Problems: In this podcast, Alexa Ura, Andrew Messamore and special guest Megan Strickland talk about financial developments at UT, including the federal work-study program, an annnouncement by UT President William Powers Jr. detailing cost-saving measures based on recommendations from the Committee on Business Productivity and proposed state appropriations for UT. 

DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Megan Strickland: UT students can now help draw Austin district lines determine representation
Alexa Ura: National Association of Scholars has long history with University of Texas
Andrew Messamore: State legislators propose plan for conserving water during state drought

University Expansion and Why We Love Belgium: In this Podcast, Bobby Blanchard and Alexa Ura talked about funding for the new UT medical school, the possibilty of a new enginnering building and Twitter in the classroom.  This was recorded on Jan. 25. 

DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Bobby Blanchard: The Daily Texan’s multimedia editor savors experience of northern train ride
Alexa Ura: Texas getting plenty of quality but not much quantity with 2013 recruiting class
Andrew Messamore: Aaron Swartz: a case for open access at UT

 

The Longhorn Network: In this prerecorded podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Andrew Messamore and Alexa Ura tackle the complicated narrative that is the Longhorn Network. Award-winning sports columnist Trey Scott is a special guest, providing the backstory, an eye to the future and the ups and downs of the $300 million dollar deal with ESPN.

 

Flu, Guns and What You Missed: In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura and Andrew Messamore let you know what you missed during the winter break. UT got thrown into the media spotlight for two different controversies, the flu got a lot worse and gun control became a big part of the conversation. 

DT Podcast Picks of the Week:
Bobby Blanchard: Belo Center for New Media installs long delayed Daily Texan news boxes
Alexa Ura: Gathering higher education data on student veterans proves difficult
Andrew Messamore: Race, class and gender, Q&A with Peter Wood
 

Texas 83rd Legislative Preview: The Texas lege is in session. What kind of bills are going to affect Higher Education and students? Bobby Blanchard, Alexa Ura and Andrew Messamore