Brodie Bashaw

Station Manager/ Host, Morning Edition

Brodie has been with KWBU since June 5, 2000. She knows the exact date because it was less than one month before KWBU began broadcasting NPR programming.  Her commercial radio experience coupled with many years in public broadcasting, have given her a good foundation for heading up the on-air side of KWBU's operations. Brodie was raised in a military family; her father's Army stations ranged from Minnesota to Germany, Washington, Nebraska and California. But it is TEXAS she calls home! Brodie has three canine companions and loves being the aunt to 5 nieces and 4 nephews. She also enjoys playing dominos and a vairety of card and board games.  

Ways to Connect

What happens when Christianity enters a new market? Throughout history, Christians have shared the gospel around the world, and the way people receive that message is inevitably informed by their own customs and culture. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, the Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity in Baylor’s Department of Religion, examines interpretations of the Christian movement and shares trends that shape the transmission of the faith across the globe.

Branding is everything. In this episode of the Business Review, New York ad agency chief Kristi Faulkner explains why businesses need to focus on their brand message from top to bottom. 

Expectations and feelings of isolation are just a few challenges employers face when supporting remote workers. In this episode of the Business Review, Dr. Sara Perry, assistant professor of management at Baylor University, offers her research-based ideas on how employers can best help their employees.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Ashley Otto

Jun 26, 2020

Like many people, Dr. Ashley Otto doesn’t like making decisions; however, she’s become an expert on the topic. Dr. Otto, Assistant Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, focuses her highly-regarded research on how people make decisions. In this Baylor Connections, she defines terms like “decision-averse” and “decision sidestepping” and explains how such individuals strategically approach the choices they face at home, work and more.

In this episode of the Business Review, former GE Lead Innovator Beth Comstock explains how to use the power of imagination to plan for future growth and business expansion.

"You should write that book," is a phrase commonly heard. But, how does one start? What resources are out there? In this episode of the Business Review, Kristen Ethridge, author and director of public relations, delves into self-publishing and writing resources.

David and Art - "Art and Entertainment"

Jun 15, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The difference between art and entertainment is a subtle but significant one.

I was talking to a friend who is a pastor recently, and he was telling me about the ins and outs of writing sermons.  It might be a little surprising to know that pastors get writers block, too.  Actually, it was a little bit encouraging.  He was thinking about the ways he tries to break through it when it comes.

He said that many times when he can’t find a nugget around which to build a sermon, he’ll turn to art.  He’s been inspired by paintings especially, but he’s also dipped into poetry, plays, and music. When he does so, he’s not as much searching for a topic as he’s trying to just get into a creative frame of mind.  “Creativity inspires creativity,” he said.  I wish I’d said that.  He told me the story of a Manet 

We face unprecedented times. How can businesses survive and thrive? In this episode of the Business Review, Melissa Haran, Owner of Pure Barre Pearland, shares her creativity and positivity amidst the chaos.

David and Art - Opening Theaters

Jun 8, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The world of live theater is a significant portion of the art community and in some places, an economic engine like all of the arts.  When it will open back up however is anyone’s guess.

Last week we talked about art museums that were cautiously opening, and the attitudes and procedures adopted by places like the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  For the rest of the art world, questions about reopening are just as vivid and urgent, and arts backers around the country are rightly concerned about all the factors involved, from safety to finances to jobs.  For live theater in NYC, the date you hear 

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The art world is eager to open up from the quarantine, in part because the arts provide something to a society that it gets from no other source.

A couple of weekends ago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston became the first major American art museum to reopen since the country went into lockdown back in March.  On Saturday morning May 23, a score of museum devotees, all in masks and observing proper distancing etiquette,

KWBU Maintenance

May 26, 2020
Brodie Bashaw

Regular programming will be interrupted today for station maintenance.

Work is scheduled to begin after 9am.  This includes a full system upgrade which will result in our inability to provide regular programming over the air or through streaming platforms.  We will be able to provide music during this time.  We anticipate that work will affect todays airing of Texas Standard at noon and possibly the 3pm airing of Fresh Air.  Work may continue into All Things Considered. 

We will return to the daily line up as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Artists are not some kind of abstraction in our culture.  They are real people with real concerns.  It’s good for governments to remember that.

I have to admit, that when I taught the Great Depression this semester, both I and many of my students were struck by the parallels to today. Anyone who knows about American history in the 1930s knows the rough outline. And today, again, when we turn on the news or listen to the radio we’re met by headlines like an unemployment number that’s the highest it’s been since Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated.  Right now, the federal government is enacting economic assistance programs of the sort that were 

As a semester like no other draws to a close at Baylor University, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., shares insights into the University’s response to crisis from a number of angles on this Baylor Connections. From ensuring that students remained supported during distance learning to planning for potential challenges

to higher education institutions everyone, she shares howBaylor adjusted and communicated those changes during the early days of COVID-19, highlights new programs and talks about Baylor’s charted course to a phased re-opening of campus for the fall.

Act Locally Waco has been on hiatus since local restrictions were implemented in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19.  Today Ashely Bean Thornton is back to give us some insight on a wealth of community resources you can find through  

Revisit the page regulary to see recently added and updated information.

David and Art - Jazz

Apr 13, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Why is it that Jazz music is often regarded as one of the most distictively American art forms?  (Reworked from original November 26, 2018 broadcast.)

Jazz occupies a curious place in the cultural landscape of America.  Throughout the 20th century its level of sophistication seemed to depend in large part upon the person listening to it.  Highbrows (for lack of a better word) thought of it as too vulgar and associated it with speakeasies or drug infested clubs.  Lowbrows on the other hand often thought of it—particularly in the 1950s—as too complicated,