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Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Remembering a pianist who created a style of jazz all his own.

I don’t think I would’ve expected an internationally renowned jazzman to have started off in life wanting to be a rancher instead of wanting to play the piano. And it probably isn’t the case very often.  But, it was the case once.

This month is the 100th anniversary of the birth of pianist Dave Brubeck. Brubeck was born in Concord, California on December 6, 1920. His mom taught him and his two older brothers piano lessons. And, as he remembered, his brothers took to music but he did not. He didn’t want to play the piano.  He wanted to follow his dad into ranching.

In the late 1930s, he enrolled in the veterinary program at what’s now the University of the Pacific but apparently his professors recognized something in him even if he did not.  His zoology professor told him to change his major to music and stop wasting both their time.  He graduated in 1942, was drafted into the Army,

The Pilgrim Travelers ruled the gospel highway in the 1950s with songs like this arrangement of the old spiritual, "Troubled in Mind.

Hear the full song here.

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

I once attended an American Library Association Convention, and I found myself in line for an inscribed copy of Lust by Susan Minot.  Unlike many authors that day, she had a comfortable demeanor as though we were longtime friends.  She signed my book, “Thanks for being the first in line that day.”  I recently got a copy of her latest book, a collection of short stories, Why I Don’t Write.  Her prose is fluid, captivating, and downright funny. 


In this episode of Business Review, Christ Westfall shares how maintaining your emotional intelligence is key to self leadership.

CHRIS WESTFALL, BUSINESS COACH AND AUTHOR, SAYS IF YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER WHO INSPIRES AND MOTIVATES OTHERS, YOU HAVE TO START BY LEADING YOURSELF FIRST.  HE SHARES HOW EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IS A KEY COMPONET OF SELF-LEADERSHIP. 

Emotional intelligence looks at the way that we are able to interpret the emotional state of others, as well as understanding and maintaining our own emotional state. And from the standpoint of emotional intelligence, self-leadership really means  

David and Art - "History and Art"

Dec 21, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

History and art are interconnected in countless ways, and to understand those connections is a good way to understand both of them better.

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The Jordanairs' "Down on My Knees and Pry" is one of the most manic, most frantic gospel songs ever cut to vinyl.

Hear the full "Down on My Knees and Pray" by the Jordanairs, 45, here.

Robert Darden is host of the weekly SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments on KWBU.  He is also a master teacher and professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor University.

Following a recent hospital stay Darden wrote a short essay that was published in the Dallas Morning News.  Here he is, in his own words with this commentary.

Nurses see us at our worst, and they still accept us unconditionally into their care.

I have spent my professional career researching and writing about the spirituals, gospel songs and freedom songs of the African American experience. They also provide much of the soundtrack of my life.

But two weeks ago, when I found myself in a crowded Waco hospital undergoing knee replacement surgery, it wasn’t a classic spiritual that sustained me. It was Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now.” “Mercy Now” was hailed as an instant classic upon its release in 2005, a simple, haunting plea that sounds older than the oldest spirituals, like it was somehow summoned from divine ether rather than composed in the vulgar present.

My father could use a little mercy now

The fruits of his labor fall and rot slowly on the ground

His work is almost over it won’t be long, he won’t be around

I love my father, he could use some mercy now

Like most American hospitals, Waco’s Ascension Providence could use a little mercy now. I was told that the hospital was completely full, mostly with suffering COVID-19 patients, and had only

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This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.


This week on episode #95 of Downtown Depot,  Austin Meek talks with Eric Linares, an entrepeneur who runs East Side Market - an outdoor local vendor market.  Their last event of the year takes place on Sunday, Dec. 20th.  And in the small business spotlight, Michael Carpenter of City Center Waco.


Baylor Connections - Perry Glanzer

Dec 18, 2020

What does it mean to help students discover meaning and build a moral foundation during their time in college? In this Baylor Connections, Perry Glanzer, professor of educational foundations in the Baylor School of Education, shares insights from research into religion and higher education and examines the role of a Christian university both now and in the future.

Firms hiring former employees as auditors has been a common, yet concerning practice. In this episode of the Business Review, Assistant Professor of accounting, Dr. Owen Brown, shares a different perspective.

FIRMS COMMONLY HIRE FORMER EMPLOYEES TO AUDIT THEM. IT’S LOGICAL TO ASSUME THEIR ALUMNI MAY SHOW BIAS TO THEIR FORMER EMPLOYER, BUT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ACCOUTING, DR. OWEN BROWN, SAYS HIS RESEARCH SHOWS ANOTHER SIDE.


A lot of companies will hire people from their external audit team or the firm because there's a lot of just kind of natural benefits to doing that.

That’s not an uncommon practice, but there's been some concerns about how that practice of hiring from your audit firm could impact auditor, kind of, independence or their objectivity. If you're

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

It has been a while, but, at last I received the latest collection of poetry by Billy Collins.  Whale Day is another magnificent collection by this talented poet.  My only problem is trying to narrow down the selections for this wonderful introduction.


David and Art - "150 and Counting"

Dec 14, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

One of the country's leading museums is celebrating its 150th anniversary and displaying the range of human creativity as it does so.  

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Echoes of Heaven from 1953 features Austin's Bells of Joe and their original line-up at their very best.

Listen to the full music track , Echoes of Heaven from the Bells of Joy, here.

On the December edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU's Joe Riley talks to Derek Smith.  Derek is the well known public address voice at McLane Stadium and the Ferrell Center as well as radio play-by-play broadcaster for Baylor Baseball.  Derek is also host of Baylor Connections.  This conversation was recorded December 2, 2020 in the KWBU studio.


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