Plants

Giant Cacti

This poem is about a plant — not a person. But in the wake of the sudden passing of an enormous political and historical figure, it’s easy to see parallels. A cactus was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem — but it’s lasting presence is similar to the seven decade reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Texas Standard: February 2, 2022

With a winter storm warning set for much of the state, and the memories of last February still fresh, Texans brace for what’s coming. Also, vaccinations for the very young? A Texas-based expert on vaccine trials underway and what parents and caretakers¬† should know. Plus, across Texas, a record number of books being banned from Public school libraries; why the push right now and who’s pushing back. These stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

A Pandemic Garden

Many people have reconnected or developed new connections with nature during the pandemic. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: June 16, 2020

Bexar County officials among others asking the Governor for authority to require face masks as the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we’ll have details. Also, the impact in Texas from yesterday’s landmark decision protecting the rights of gay and transgender workers. We’ll hear from the head of the State house LGBTQ caucus. And almost three years after Harvey, the Houstonians caught in the middle of a fight over relief funds. And the push to rename Fort Hood for a Texas veteran and Medal of Honor recipient who fought with the United States, not against it. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Weeds

The nemesis of every gardener was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: October 26, 2016

Amid reports of dodgy voting machines an Amarillo judge steps in to say false. We’ll explore the thanks and threats she’s getting. Also, some call it reapportionment. Others call it stealing elections. The backstory of why your district looks the way it does. Plus, hundreds of small businesses send a message to Texas lawmakers when it comes to a bill restricting transgender bathroom access, don’t go there, for business’ sake. And how many hot wars are we fighting right now? A claim by the green party candidate gets put to the truth-o-meter test. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard: