The Winter Olympics are going on — so is the Super Bowl. Some aspects of both of those huge sporting events look very different these days, others look exactly the same. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.
As some Texas Democratic lawmakers make their way back to Texas are there signs that the special session quorum break may be breaking up? How much longer can Texas democrats hold out? Also what some are calling a constitutional crisis looming over the budget. And with the rapid spread of the Delta Covid variant and back to school pressures, what we know and what we don’t know about the spread among kids. And more listener parents weigh in on what they plan to do about the return to school. All of that and then some today on the Texas Standard:
The Olympics — as we were all just reminded — are a fantastic display of athleticism of all sorts. For many of us, watching the games is a reminder of just how we could never do that thing that we’re watching other people do.
But watching got commentator W-F Strong thinking there’s quite a lot Texans seem to be pretty good at. And he thinks maybe there should be a competition that would be open to all while taking advantage of our state’s unique geography.
ICU bed capacity is slim to none in most parts of the state. What that means on a practical level and why adding more beds isn’t really the solution. And as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the state, the messages about the protection of getting vaccinated and wearing masks continue. But do we need to change what we’re saying or how we’re saying it? And how safe is it to go to a concert right now? Musicians and venues weigh the risks. Plus we’ll take a closer look the infrastructure bill in Washington and how much money could come to Texas. And we’ll examine national identity and sports as we talk with a Texan who competed at the Olympics under the Puerto Rican flag. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:
The 2020 Olympics (taking place in 2021) have, as usual, been filled with stories of challenge, triumph, disappointment. Kari Anne Holt has been watching it all. And that was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.
The special session walkout: a stalemate? Or could this add up to a new political math in Texas longer term? A new group of younger Texas democrats willing to sharpen their message and their elbows, see the walkout as energizing the base and perhaps changing the political mix longer term. But are they right? We’ll explore. Also, Texans going for the gold in Japan…though the cloud of COVID-19 hangs over the Olympics, a view from a Texan in Tokyo covering the games. And in a Texas city known for its distinctive sound, a distinctive new installation aimed at the ears. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:
They are the toughest measures yet to deal with Coronavirus in Texas. What’s the real world significance of new stay in place orders in cities across the Lone Star State? We’ll take a closer look. Also, the tenth biggest economy in the world asks Washington for help. What Texas wants to do with that disaster money. And how even NASA’s trying to shelter in place, while preparing for liftoff. Plus maintaining faith amid quarantine, how communities are staying together while keeping their distance. All those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:
The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway in South Korea. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.
Maybe you thought the battle in the so-called transgender bathroom wars was winding down. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton isn’t giving up, and he’s got ten other states behind him. We’ll explore. Also a program that provides tuition for veterans, unique to Texas, is costing universities more and more every year. The question, how to pay for it? Plus, an uptick in Texas kids skipping vaccines. And yes, the Olympics. We’ll talk technology (think 3-d printed shoes) and the evolution of drug testing, it’s come a long way since amphetamines.
All that and more on today’s Texas Standard:
Maybe you didn’t make it to Rio for the Olympics, but the Zika virus has made it here. Mosquitoes and money, lots of money, we’ll explore. Also for the first time since 1904, golf makes it to the Olympics. And, Nike QUITS the golf business. We’ll look at those mixed messages and the sport’s popularity in Texas. Plus why stolen shopping carts are a big deal in Houston. And how a Texas oilfield explosion has pushed one family into get this, it’s called “the Laws garbage can”. All that and more for you today’s Texas Standard:
When Isis inspired shooters attacked an event last year in Garland did the FBI know in advance? Perhaps egging them on? We’ll explore. Plus the department of homeland security appears to be having a change of heart when it comes to family detention centers. We’ll here why and what it means. Also tax free weekend in Texas. Who wins and who stands to lose. Plus grabbing for the gold in Rio can mean big cash even for student athletes? We’ll hear about a loophole and the potential payout for a Texas swimmer. And we’ll tackle the story of the football team that’s undefeated since 1941…believe it… Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
In election cycles where there’s high volatility, third parties can affect outcomes. As the Greens gather in Houston, is anyone listening? We’ll explore. Also: The Zika virus? According to Texas researchers, a treatment could be right in front of us. We’ll have the latest. And what’s in a name? When it comes to prescriptions in Texas, millions of taxpayer dollars. We’ll hear why. Also: signs that the financial capitol of the US may be moving southward…from wall street to y’all street? And the unlikely presidential endorsement that’s making headlines like you know you. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
A town hall meeting on race that may be unprecedented. A look at the White House event and what role one prominent Texan may play. Also the aisle is widening, at least that’s what it looks like when you examine the latest party platforms. We’ll have analysis. Plus another round of Medicaid cuts hits Texas today. We’ll break down the effects. And cultural artifacts. What discoveries at an old Houston Sugar Mill may tell us about slaves once held there. And Pell grants for prisoners: why one Texas community college is taking advantage of a new program designed to reduce return trips to behind bars. All that and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
The viral video showed a officer slamming a student to the ground. Advocates say it’s past time to make changes to school policing. We’ll explore. Also Texas can do its own background checks… even while accepting federal funding to resettle refugees? We’ll take a closer look. Plus… one part of the state has twice the rate of liver disease… but why? And a record-setting athlete hopes her legs will take her to Rio this summer. The Texas track star with Olympic goals. And do students at UT have less debt than others across the country? A fact-check. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard: