After the shooting at Robb Elementary, Uvalde came together. Now, concerns that Uvalde’s becoming a town divided by tragedy. Coming up, our conversation with the mother of a 10 year old killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary and her concerns that as questions continue to swirl around accountability and gun violence, some in the community just want to move on. Also the biggest grant in the history of the university of North Texas leads to potentially groundbreaking research on Alzheimers. And a Politifact check of claims by a Texas congressman about immigrants from Venezuela. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:
DYOR stands for Do Your Own Research. It is a common acronym used throughout the internet due to how fast and easily misinformation can spread. It is encouraging people to research things and become informed before making a decision. However, it turns out it’s not so easy to do your own research for a variety of reasons that have to do with human psychology and culture.
In our first in a two-part series on the psychology of doing your own research Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the role different dimensions of American culture play in how we orient ourselves to problems even before we start researching solutions.
New numbers on COVID-19 testing in Texas tell us what, exactly? An investigative report by the Houston Chronicle says many Coronavirus test results are not included in official counts trying to chart the spread of COVID-19. We’ll hear why not and what it means for efforts to stem the spread of the virus. Also, El Paso students reflect on the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern U.S. history, one year on. And newsman Dan Rather on a plan to improve education. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
After an unofficial moratorium, a revival of the federal death penalty. The protocol they plan to use mirrors the Texas model, we’ll have more. And: Texans with ties to Puerto Rico ask what’s next after the resignation of the territorial governor. Many are wondering where the movement that led to his ouster goes from here. Also: UT San Antonio gets tapped to boost research on battlefield trauma care in hopes of helping veterans. Plus: The week in Texas politics and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:
Texas continues to lead a fight against the Affordable Care Act. We’ll take a look at where things stand now and where a win could leave the state. Plus, battleground 2020… or maybe not. Is Texas really up for grabs as Democrats try to make their mark in Austin and Washington? We’ll explore. And going to the moon: A Texas researcher’s invention tapped to make a trip. Why he says the experience is bringing him full circle. Plus a book about the me too movement that will make you laugh, and reviewers say that’s a good thing. That and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
Amid a national call for accountability, and after years of silence, Texas clergy now say they will name names of priests accused of child sex abuse. The announcement from the 15 dioceses in Texas is seen as an attempt to rebuild trust with the state’s 8.5 million Catholics… but questions linger over the process, and whether justice can be served. Also, while the Florida panhandle assesses damage in the wake of Hurricane Michael, Texas researchers explore the long term implications of what many regard as the worst industrial catastrophe ever to hit the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, surprise findings in a survey on political polarization. Those stories and more, today on the Texas Standard.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is sounding the alarm about his Democratic challenger, Beto O’Rourke. We’ll take a look at why Cruz says the race is “too close for comfort.” Also, steer clear of the Koch Brothers! That’s the message from national Republican leaders after the Koch’s, unhappy with Trump’s trade policies, said they’d back some Democrats. And hot and dry. Weather experts say this year’s drought is bad. But how does it compare with 2011 when Texas farmers lost billions in agriculture? Plus, wind insurance rates are going up, again. We’ll explain why even Texans who live far away from the coast will feel the effects. And we look at how some Houston neighborhoods have changed since Hurricane Harvey. That and more on today’s Texas Standard:
Through hail and high water, communities in Texas stand again because the weather is NOT gonna keep us down. Join me for a virtual tour. We’ll hit Refugio, Port Arthur, Austin and even Washington DC. Plus, the bombs that destroyed the facade of racial harmony: we’ll tell you more. And who exactly is Ronny Jackson? And can he manage a 200 billion dollar budget? Also oil, cattle-ranching, big hair and Cadillacs. Nothing better than a good soap opera! Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
2018: the year of the underdog? With two weeks left for filing in next years elections, why it may turn into the year of the under card. Also- the emergency within an emergency. As Harvey’s rains hammered Houston, a chemical plant fire created the potential for an explosive catastrophe. What a new report says about disaster preparation in one of the world’s petrochemical capitals. Also the keystone pipeline once again takes center stage after an oil spill. And pushing back against the bullies. A north Texas mosque trying to help young muslims. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:
Those Texas political maps ruled as drafted with discriminatory intent? The supreme court says they’re staying for now, we’ll have the latest. Plus, something weird happening in Waco? A certain disorder in the court as the first trials get underway in the so-called twin peaks biker shootout story, we’ll explore. And in El Paso the demolition of historic buildings despite a court order. We’ll hear about why, and the protests over the changing character of a downtown. And if the business is fighting deadly pathogens, in Texas business is very good. We’ll hear why. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:
Should women be required to buy separate insurance for abortions? The Texas lawmakers behind the emotional debate explain their positions. Also the ballot measure never said anything about ‘sports.’ That’s the argument attorneys for a historic El Paso neighborhood are making to fight a proposed activity center. And crude exports from the the Permian Basin are injecting new life into the port of Corpus Christi whose economy took a hit during the energy downturn. Also the misuse and addiction of opioids kill as many as one hundred Americans every day. The new task force in San Antonio to combat the crisis. And a team at Texas A&M is working to keep the lights on across the state. A look at the vulnerability of the power grid. That’s all ahead on The Texas Standard:
A new transgender ban for the US Military? A presidential proclamation on social media this morning sparks a scramble for answers, we’ll explore. Also, the mayor of Corpus Christi tells us he’s got a question for the man he voted to be governor: why the assault on cities? We’ll talk to mayor Joe mcComb as he and more than a dozen of his mayoral colleagues from across the state get ready to meet with Governor Abbott. Plus, file under not fake news: is Snopes, the original fact checking site of the world wide web, in danger of going dark? And what do Texas cities sound like? Our commentator on the greatest songs about Texas towns and a whole lot more, today on the Texas Standard:
As Texas goes, so goes the nation? Lawrence Wright makes that argument in a new piece in the New Yorker magazine. He’ll break down his reporting. Also scientists in San Antonio are learning about how the brain’s two halves talk to each other and how that chatter could lead to a better understanding of devastating conditions. And are special needs students the best group to test “private school choice” in Texas? A policy expert weighs in ahead of the start of the special legislative session. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
Public money for private education; thought the plan was dead? School savings accounts become an 11th hour battleground, we’ll have the latest. Plus: plunger proof? The so-called Bathroom Bill back on a fast track to become Texas law, we’ll explore. And storms are on track for parts of Texas this week, but when it comes to tornados we’re safer than we might. We’ll hear from a researcher who developed the system. And she was literally the poster girl of the 70’s. Who knew she was a remarkable artist in her own right? Reconsidering Farrah Fawcett. All that and much more today on the Texas Standard:
The 45th president of the United States promises big changes right away, with immigration high on the list, we’ll explore. Also, though many of the new president’s proposals remain rather ambiguous when it comes to detail, we do know how Mr.Trump plans to move forward with what he calls extreme vetting, we’ll break it down. And another big change expected early on: repeal of the affordable care act. Not so fast- we’ll hear why experts think this won’t be as simple a matter as Republicans might wish. And what kind of hat is that? A run on pink yarn points to legacy of craftivism, as women descend on Washington for protest. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:
There appears to be a consensus winner, but did the needle move? Voices seldom heard on the morning after an historic debate. Plus, if you could ask any question this election season, what would it be? More than a thousand public radio listeners have weighed in, and today, we’ll hear the top five which public radio stations across Texas will try to answer in the run up to election day. Plus the making of a power couple, the Clintons were hardly the first. And with costs on the rise and students loans in the news, is higher ed still considered the value investment it once was? The envelope please: results of a new survey are in. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:
What does it take to do heavy duty research and generate new ideas in an academic field? A pile of degrees and years and years spent closed off in a room with noses to the grindstone? Not necessarily! In this episode of KUT’s podcast Higher Ed, Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore what it takes to create new knowledge and who is actually qualified to do that. They hear from some undergraduate students doing their own original research. Who says research is only for grad students and professors! Ed and Jennifer also discuss what it takes for students and faculty to facilitate original and creative work. Hope you’re feeling creative; the answer to the math puzzler about the deck of cards is revealed.