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January 29, 2021

Texas Standard: January 29, 2021

By: David Brown

Could you draw a map of the state of Texas? Try drawing the political maps. This year, it promises to be tougher than ever. As redistricting begins in Texas, what to look for in what is likely to be another highly contentious process. Also, are you having trouble getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Many are. Our own Terri Langford set out to try to navigate the journey to get vaccinated in Texas, and it wasn’t pretty. We’ll hear what she learned firsthand. And the story of a Texas-based video game store stock that rocked Wall Street: a morality tale? The truths not quite so simple. All that and more today on the Texas Standard:


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April 16, 2024

Austin to be hit as Tesla announces 14,000 layoffs

Are protest organizers responsible if a participant breaks the law? A court decision could have a chilling effect.A new report on maternal health shows Black Texans are much more likely to die after giving birth than their white counterparts.What layoffs at Tesla mean for jobs in Texas and the EV car market.The Houston Dash celebrates […]

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April 15, 2024

Tracking the unprecedented rise in ocean temperatures

Rising temperatures in the forecast this week. Will blackouts come with them? ERCOT, the state’s electric grid operator, says the power might go out this week.Did a doctor in Houston keep patients from receiving organ transplants? His own hospital is investigating.And becoming a psychologist is expensive, but Texas is trying to make it cheaper. Could […]

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April 12, 2024

The move away from fossil fuels may exacerbate water scarcity in South Texas

Corpus Christi at the intersection of a clash between dueling demands – one for water, another for energy alternatives.Dallas City Council votes to expand historical preservation efforts, with a specific outreach to communities of color.If you’re looking for an apartment in Texas, do you know what you’ll really be paying each month? A warning to […]

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April 11, 2024

Hurricane season forecast to be ‘most aggressive’ ever

After an extraordinary embassy raid, Mexico breaks ties with Ecuador as the U.S. joins other nations in condemnation.How Central Texas has become a big player in the push for U.S.-built semiconductors.A Texas runner heads to Boston for what will be his last marathon after being diagnosed with ALS two years ago. We’ll hear from Austinite […]

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April 10, 2024

‘Texas, Being’ poetry collection takes reader on a Texas tour

Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued to block a guaranteed income program in Harris County, calling it “plainly unconstitutional.”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz insists his podcast is a volunteer gig and not about the money. But a new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission says the arrangement violates campaign finance laws.Houston’s mayor claims the city […]

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April 9, 2024

Revisiting the exploits of a notorious Texas jewel thief

As Texas eclipse watchers bask in the afterglow, we’re checking in on one event that was forced to end festivities early due to inclement weather.A quarterly report offers a look at the health of Texas’ oil and gas industry. Energy analyst Matt Smith breaks it down.The new book “The King of Diamonds” by Rena Pederson […]

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April 8, 2024

Total eclipse 2024: A special broadcast from the Kerrclipse Festival

Eclipse day has finally arrived, and Texas Standard has a special broadcast from the path of totality. We’re live at the Kerrclipse Festival, on the grounds of the famous Kerrville Folk Festival, to talk forecast, what NASA and other researchers hope to learn today, the eclipse “observer effect” and much more.

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April 6, 2024

Texas Extra: More from Bill Nye on the total solar eclipse

“Science Guy” Bill Nye has been beloved by children for generations. He was so kind and generous in a recent interview with the Standard focused on the upcoming total solar eclipse. He also answered a question about why he has been making headlines with his thoughts on climate change. This extended version also includes an […]

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