World War III

January 8, 2020

Vietnam: Getting In / Getting Out

July 26, 2019

The Rent Horse Kid

June 16, 2019

Never Another / Roky Erickson, R.I.P.

June 13, 2019

Ventura at 4AM / THIS USA: Origins

July 12, 2018

From the Oil Patch to the Sun: Nick Russell's Early Photography

October 18, 2017

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Have you ever been to Luckenbach, Texas? Back when Austin was becoming whatever it is that Austin became, Luckenbach represented the pastoral fantasy many Austin hippies, cowboys and cosmic explorers dreamed of. But Luckenbach w...

On Thursday, March 12th, Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, could have insisted that he and his colleagues work through the weekend to hammer out an emergency aid package addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, h...

April 8, 2020

As of this writing, we have no baseball season. No one knows when, or if, the season will start. The ritual, distraction and meditative powers of baseball have brought citizens of this great country comfort through every crisis...

February 26, 2020

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A Salute to Character Actors

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How Hollywood Screwed Up My Life Before I Even Got There


On November 20, 1944, the whole world changed for me. At 2 am I reluctantly depart...

February 12, 2020

After he got out of Texas Tech in 1946, Leon Hale made his living listening and writing. He has written two memoirs, two novels and several compilations of his best columns for the Houston Post. But on this Wednesday afternoon i...

January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King day. The news clips I see show portions of his prophetic 'I have a Dream' speech, and make him out to be a saint. I hate that. Martin was a man who did his work every day, had the respect of his fellow civil-r...

When Donald Trump recently tweeted a dark warning of a “Civil War like fracture in this Nation” were he to be impeached, it was further evidence of his Administration’s troubled relationship with that period in American his...

September 3, 2019


Woodstock was the buzz. At RAT we were getting calls from underground papers around the country about the “Aquarian Festival”. Abbie chugged into RAT, “What do you think of Wood...

August 13, 2019

This beautiful world is a garden of flowers . . .

This beautiful world is a city of pain . . .

This beautiful evening it’s time to rock and roll

Mandy Mercier

Time flies, fun or no fun.

Deborah Milosevich

Here is Woodstock remembered...

August 13, 2019

     The Lunch Guys are: to RRandy Alfred (editor & writer)Dan Hubig (artist)Jeffrey Klein (former editor of Mother Jones & West magazines)Jerry Barrish (artist & bail bondsman), Larry Gonick (cartoonist...

August 2, 2019

A Three-Part Account of My Experience    

PART II: Hello Vietnam, I Really Must Be Going  


At the c...

The rideshare dropped me off 15 minutes early at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. Already, there were hundreds of people standing in witness. There would be thousands by the Lights for Liberty vigil’s e...

Adapted from How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

America, as a shorthand for the United States, has a way of raising hackles around the globe. The Americas stretch from Canada to South America’s souther...

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'Round the 'Net

A mob of the MAGA persuasion

Conducted a statehouse invasion.

Though heavily armed,

They parted unharmed,

And that's how you know they're Caucasian.

Poster Artist

Micael Priest

A Short Film

by Bob Simmons

Micael Priest's work was one of the hallmarks of a special time in Austin. He made the art that drew the crowds to hear the music that made a city. He made us all a little richer just by strokes of a pen


to see the Film

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