President Trump delivers a State of the Union tuned for election season, as the spanish language response is delivered from the Lone Star State. Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune has the highs and lows from last night’s speech before Congress. Plus, destination Texas as Britain makes its first post Brexit foreign trade visit. The UK’s international Trade Minister joins us to explain why Texas. And 1 out of every 10 American kids: a Texan… Is that a fact? Madlin Meckelberg of Politifact Texas does the numbers. All of that and then some today on the Texas Standard:
Dallas and Houston both reporting slowdowns at airports as unpaid TSA workers call in sick. Now a call for airport screeners to go on strike. We’ll explore. Also, what’s worse than a partial government shutdown? Ask someone living in the UK right now. Why an impasse over Brexit could leave a mark here in Texas and what happens next. Also the discovery of three new species of salamanders in Texas, what it means for Texans of the human variety. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:
“Our enemy is apathy.” –Yanis Varoufakis
In 2015 today’s guests were propelled onto the global stage by their efforts to take on the European banking establishment and restructure the Greek government’s financial system. For 5 months they worked to negotiate alternatives to further austerity measures; trying to extend loans while moving Greece toward a more solvent state.
Their efforts to confront the Eurozone and proceed democratically to carry out the wishes of the Greek people were ultimately defeated, but it was this battle lost that was the impetus of their current endeavor—to reform Europe and institute a transnational, pan-European democracy called DiEM25 –Democracy in Europe Movement.
Yanis Varoufakis is the former finance minister of Greece, author of Adults in the Room: My Battle With the European and American Deep Establishment, and co-founder of the DiEM25 –Democracy in Europe Movement.
James K. Galbraith is an eminent economist, an assistant to Mr. Varoufakis while he was the Greek finance minister, and he chronicled his time in Greece with the book Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.
They were in Austin for a conference on Democratic Reform in Europe at the LBJ School for Public Affairs.
Steven Thrasher is a writer for the guardian and a PhD student in American Studies at New York University. In this conversation with University of Texas Sociology Professor Ben Carrington, Thrasher discusses his first encounter with Stuart Hall’s work.
The interview provides insight into Hall’s intellectual reach. Thrasher shares how his engagement with Hall comes from a journalistic perspective. Having first read the British intellectual in his American Studies classes, Thrasher discloses feeling initially confused about why a British scholar would be relevant to American Studies. However, he found Policing the Crisis to be especially important for his thinking about covering the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement.
The conversation includes a discussion of how being a public intellectual is not limited to the academy, but also how Hall created a space in which black people can take up the space of public intellectual. Likewise, Thrasher and Carrington comment on the importance of popular media as a “gatekeeper of intellectual space” and Twitter is posited as a useful platform for making intellectual interventions in the public sphere.
Imani Perry is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. In this conversation with University of Texas Sociology Professor Ben Carrington, Perry discusses Hall’s work as foundational for her own intellectual trajectory as a cultural theorist.
Likewise, Perry addresses Hall’s relevance for understanding a U.S. context by noting that the questions Hall asks around political economy, the rise of neoliberalism, race, class, and culture are important for making sense of what is happening in the United States because “we are all grappling with legacies of empire and capitalism and racialization.”
Perry argues that although we see different iterations of these issues as they move around the world, Hall’s theorizing is prescient for making sense of questions of globalization. The conversation also addresses Hall as a model for being a public intellectual who neither postures nor self-aggrandizes but rather is about conversation and engagement with and a responsibility to different public.
Carrington and Perry discuss how Hall’s work is useful for understanding not only Brexit, but also the rise of Donald Trump in the U.S. Perry explains that she understands these issues as part of an “anxiety about the growth of precarity, globalization, and neoliberalism, and the kind of vulnerability that [these issues] produce for whiteness,” as well as an appeal for a return to conventional imperial relations. Hall’s work, which addresses the intersection of historical forces that produce these anxieties, helps us to think about these issues, although he does not necessarily give us the answers. Hall provides a model for how to read the world around us ethically.
Texas versus New York. There’s clearly a bit of a rivalry there and it may just have heated up over a hot-button issue. Plus Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been quieter since suspending his campaign for president… but his political machine hasn’t slowed down… it may just be re-tooling. Also… 1.4 million Texas public education employees and retirees could be affected by Brexit… we’ll explain. And it’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a… problem. How one Texas Air Force base is trying to co-exist with wildlife… while at the same time protect human lives. And Topo Chico… how the bubbly brand has changed over recent years. That and more on today’s Texas Standard:
What if British businesses staged their own miniature Brexits and moved to Texas? We’ll explore Governor Greg Abbott’s British Invasion. Plus attention big oil: you’ve been subpoenaed. Why California’s attorney general is investigating some of the biggest names in Texas energy. They promise miraculous cures thru stem cell technology…but experts warn a lot of it’s snake oil. Bogus stem cell clinics and why they’re big in Texas. And ready for a dip? Who wants to be lifeguard? That’s the problem… a lifeguard shortage some are calling a crisis. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
The Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion laws, calling them a “substantial obstacle” for women. We’ll unpack what that means. Also the guardianship system is supposed to provide financial stability for the elderly who can no longer manage their funds. But some Texans are abusing the system. And Texas nursing homes prescribe anti-psychotic medications at one of the highest rates in the country. Why that raises concerns. Plus: Brexit doesn’t just affect the European Union… We’ll talk with a Texas-based group tracking the ripple effects throughout the world. And take me out to the ballgame… a look at some of the greatest minor league mascots across the Lone Star State. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
“Brexit.” It’s no longer just a clever nickname for a British referendum. It’s now a geopolitical reality. We’ll explore what it could mean for Texas. Also another reality Texans are grappling with is the Supreme Court tie vote on immigration. So what happens now and does Texas remain at the center of the issue? And border billboards…. how the Border Patrol is using advertising to catch coyotes. Plus… unpacking postpartum depression… and exploring what more Texas can do for moms struggling with it. And… the rest stop as we know it is changing. An effort to preserve a piece of the past. Those stories and so much more on the National News Show of Texas: