Voting

Texas Standard: May 19, 2017

A police pension crisis creating big problems in Dallas. Now has a solution that appears to make all sides happy, we’ll explore. Also legislation being pushed by Texas Republicans could benefit Democrats, so why do Dems oppose it? We’ll check it out. And a new music festival in San Antonio that may be the first like it anywhere… how “Good Vibrations” is reaching an otherwise under-served audience. Plus it’s Friday so that means we’ll hear from the Typewriter Rodeo and wrap up the week in Texas Politics. All that and more today on the Standard:

Texas Standard: March 2, 2017

It’s been called unconstitutionally dangerous to Texas kids. Finally a fix for a failed child welfare system? That’s our top story today. Plus, thousands of Texans without voter ID went to polls anyway, signed affidavits and cast their ballots. Why 4 months later, some may face criminal charges. And the farm to table movement and a fresh push to change the tax menu. Also nature or nurture: new research in the Alamo city could prompt a rethink in how best to get newborns out of intensive care. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: February 6, 2017

Her arrest and death made national headlines, but will the Sandra Bland act win the support of Texas lawmakers? We’ll explore. Also with talk of a wall and America first, what started out as boycotts in Mexico may be a new nationalism in the making. Our conversation with a longtime student of Mexican culture and politics. Plus a glut of oil rewriting the rules in the energy capitol: 20 years from now, what’s the future of the energy biz? 5 takeaways from a new prediction. And one and done: straight ticket voting in Texas and the push to pull the plug on an old system. Plus: credit where credit is due. A coaching feat for the ages. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: January 16, 2017

Does the voting rights act still protect minorities? A working-class Texas town could be at the heart of a new test for the landmark law, we’ll explore. Also for decades, Texas has permitted vaccination exemptions for reasons of conscience. We’ll hear about a plan to change that. And if they build it, will they come? Selling state planners on a “prairie to port superhighway” thru Texas. And cattle rustlers beware: the big money’s on a new outlaw …time to lock up your beehives? And in south Texas scores of pelicans falling from the sky directly onto traffic below…the mystery…and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Vote

Today is the last day of early voting in Texas, and next Tuesday is Election Day. Forget the candidates, forget the talking heads on cable news, forget the social media arguments – remember that part of what makes our country special is our right to vote. No matter who you tick the box for, make sure you get your voice heard.

Polarization

Have we evolved into a nation of extremes? In an election season like this one (as if we’ve ever seen anything like this) we may think that there is no middle ground, and there’s a reason for that.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about why we’ve become more polarized politically in the last 30 years.

Voting

We get it, voting requires effort and it’s a choice, but that doesn’t predispose it to being something people just don’t do, so why don’t more people go to the polls when it comes to voting?

In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke take on the psychology of voting.

Texas Standard: October 27, 2016

An unprecedented step starting today as state police sweep across Texas to find almost 3 thousand missing foster care kids, We’ll explore. Also: if you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump or Clinton, what ya gonna do? Today, the bottom line on whether its possible to vote for 3rd party candidates in Texas…and if so, which ones. And a pill that could prevent HIV, long a goal in the battle against AIDS. But why so few of those most likely to benefit opting for it? Plus an outsized personality tries to go from outrageous entertainer to politician. Sound a little Kinky to anyone? Those stories and much more today on the national news show of Texas, the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: October 21, 2016

Amid talk of rigged US elections, Russia generously offers election monitors to Texas, we’ll follow the story. Also early voting begins next week, and judging by your messages to us: Texans have a lot of questions about the nuts and bolts. We’ll break out the tool kit, and check in again with our resident panel of still undecided voters. Also, on November 22nd 1963, at one of the most historic sites in Texas, nothing happened. Or so it might seem to travelers at Love Field. The mystery behind a missing monument. Plus the week in Texas politics, the talk of Texas and much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: October 6, 2016

Did he really say that about women and Mexicans? Why is it even a question? The history of the big lie and how it works. Also as hurricane Matthew bears down on the east coast, how well prepared are we to weather a storm of such scale? A Texas lawmaker tells us after years of debate, there may actually be action for a coastal barrier. Also development in Texas’ biggest cities now squeezing out something else; parking. We’ll explore the implications. Plus a mystery involving guns, a landing strip, a training camp and a famous Texas lawman. Investigators at the pentagon trying to put the pieces together. All that and more today on the Standard:

KUT Weekend – April 1, 2016

What does the future hold for local businesses on South Congress Avenue? Why can people in Hyde Park hear music playing miles away at Stubb’s? Why are grackles are attracted to H-E-B parking lots? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Texas Standard: March 30, 2016

Top 10 and you’re in: its supposed to promote diversity in the state’s colleges and universities. How well is that working? We’ll find out. Also justice Scalia dies in west Texas and no hearings are in sight on a replacement. A top Texas constitutional scholar says it doesn’t have to be that way. An idea to break the nomination stalemate. Are you getting the best bang for you buck when it comes to electricity? The place many Texans turn for answers may be rigged. Russia and Iran get low marks for locking up citizens…does Texas score even worse? All that and more on todays Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: November 4, 2015

HERO gets beaten at the ballot box–Houston residents reject a proposed equal rights ordinance. Voters statewide approve billions more for transportation…yet a key lawmaker says it won’t be enough. And the voice of big oil in Texas says more regulation please? Also Alaska, ticking off Texans since 1959…or so goes the bumper sticker. Our commentator says not so fast and he’s just getting started. All those stories and more on todays Texas Standard time: