On this Black Friday, how marketing created a legacy of pirates in the air over Texas, affecting music culture and politics way beyond. With shopping season officially underway, we often think of hyper-commercialism as a byproduct of Madison Avenue. But one could make the case that America’s hype machine got its start along the border of Texas and Mexico, a million watts of power leading to a revolution of outlaw broadcasters still making a mark today. They’re our focus this hour: the pirates of the airwaves. From coast to coast and line to line, it’s Texas Standard time.
A long awaited ruling over how Texas pays for its kids to get an education. The ruling: its ugly, but’s its constitutional. We’ll explore. Also the Obama administration ups the ante in the bathroom wars of 2016–issuing a directive to all schools in the US. Texas is plotting a legal pushback. And a de facto Fort Knox for Texas? At the GOP convention in Dallas, companies pitch plans to store billions in Texas bullion. But…why? And a 100 years after the Waco horror, what do modern day Texans know about that ugly chapter of history. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:
It was a deadly explosion that rocked a sense of security…3 years later, another jolt shaking the town of west Texas. We’ll explore. Texas is home to one of the largest squads of mosquito fighters in the country, but are they big enough to tackle the new threat of Zika… Also, a tempest in a taco bowl? Why a week after cinco de mayo, one incendiary tweet among many constitutes to reverberate. And learning to grow legally…how cannabis farmers are navigating the narrows of Texas law to get licenses. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
Overflow capacity at a Fort Worth school board meeting and a debate over bathrooms and gender identity. We’ll explore. Also he’s an army vet who’s earned a burial at Arlington if there’s room…but while he’s alive, he’s not allowed to step foot in the US. We’ll speak with him, and hear about the many others just like him. And flooded and flipped—why that car you’ve got your eyes on may have a nasty story to tell…buyer beware. Plus how a game in Dallas tonight could make Texas sports history with a little puck. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
Are Police in Texas mentally fit for duty? An investigation reveals thousands of officers and jailers improperly screened. We’ll explore. Also what does secession have in common with public bathrooms? Both are expected to be issues up for discussion as Texas Republicans convene in Dallas. Also Texas energy giant Exxon Mobil makes a major investment aimed at cutting greenhouse gases… is the effort for real or just for PR? And a celebrity businessman thumbs his nose at the media and topples the political establishment. They say there’s been nothing like it before…wanna bet? Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard: