John Burnett is NPR’s Southwest Correspondent for the National Desk. His reports are heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. While John has covered almost everything imaginable in his lifetime as a decorated career journalist–the UT-Austin graduate has reported from more than 30 different countries since 1986 and earned more awards than we can count–he’s been busy lately reporting on the stories of Mexican immigrants in this uncertain time under a new, uncertain Presidential administration. In this timely dialogue on hospitality with Front Porch director Stephen Kinney, John will give his take on what it means to accommodate and make comfortable our fellow man in 21st-century America.
David Pulkingham grew up traveling internationally, performing music. Deciding to pursue music professionally at age 20, David enrolled in the prestigious Jazz studies program at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, he moved to Austin, where he has been a mainstay of our thriving music scene ever since. Tony Visconti, legendary record producer best known for his work with David Bowie, calls Pulkingham “the complete guitarist.” From 2002 until 2012, David toured internationally as the right hand man of Alejandro Escovedo. Then, in 2012, he was asked to be the bandleader and guitarist for two shows with Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, and went on to tour with Patty Griffin in 2013. Currently, he continues to tour with Patty and also plays internationally under his own name.
Pub Church stats at 5:30 PM in the backroom of Scholz Garten. The second half of the conversation is opened up to the congregation as a roving microphone gives voice to all who wish to comment, question, and share their perspective. At the end of the discussion, a radically-open Communion service is always offered.