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Texas Standard: February 5, 2020

President Trump delivers a State of the Union tuned for election season, as the spanish language response is delivered from the Lone Star State. Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune has the highs and lows from last night’s speech before Congress. Plus, destination Texas as Britain makes its first post Brexit foreign trade visit. The…

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Texas Standard: January 16, 2019

Dallas and Houston both reporting slowdowns at airports as unpaid TSA workers call in sick. Now a call for airport screeners to go on strike. We’ll explore. Also, what’s worse than a partial government shutdown? Ask someone living in the UK right now. Why an impasse over Brexit could leave a mark here in Texas…

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Democracy (Ep. 31)

“Our enemy is apathy.” –Yanis Varoufakis In 2015 today’s guests were propelled onto the global stage by their efforts to take on the European banking establishment and restructure the Greek government’s financial system.  For 5 months they worked to negotiate alternatives to further austerity measures; trying to extend loans while moving Greece toward a more solvent state.  Their efforts to confront the Eurozone and proceed democratically to carry…

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Steven Thrasher (Ep. 5)

Steven Thrasher is a writer for the guardian and a PhD student in American Studies at New York University. In this conversation with University of Texas Sociology Professor Ben Carrington, Thrasher discusses his first encounter with Stuart Hall’s work. The interview provides insight into Hall’s intellectual reach. Thrasher shares how his engagement with Hall comes…

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Imani Perry (Ep. 4).

Imani Perry is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. In this conversation with University of Texas Sociology Professor Ben Carrington, Perry discusses Hall’s work as foundational for her own intellectual trajectory as a cultural theorist. Likewise, Perry addresses Hall’s relevance for understanding a U.S. context by noting that the questions Hall asks…

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Texas Standard: July 7, 2016

Texas versus New York. There’s clearly a bit of a rivalry there and it may just have heated up over a hot-button issue. Plus Texas Senator Ted Cruz has been quieter since suspending his campaign for president… but his political machine hasn’t slowed down… it may just be re-tooling. Also… 1.4 million Texas public education…

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Texas Standard: July 4, 2016

What if British businesses staged their own miniature Brexits and moved to Texas? We’ll explore Governor Greg Abbott’s British Invasion. Plus attention big oil: you’ve been subpoenaed. Why California’s attorney general is investigating some of the biggest names in Texas energy. They promise miraculous cures thru stem cell technology…but experts warn a lot of it’s…

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Texas Standard: June 27, 2016

The Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion laws, calling them a “substantial obstacle” for women. We’ll unpack what that means. Also the guardianship system is supposed to provide financial stability for the elderly who can no longer manage their funds. But some Texans are abusing the system. And Texas nursing homes prescribe anti-psychotic medications at…

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Texas Standard: June 24, 2016

“Brexit.” It’s no longer just a clever nickname for a British referendum. It’s now a geopolitical reality. We’ll explore what it could mean for Texas. Also another reality Texans are grappling with is the Supreme Court tie vote on immigration. So what happens now and does Texas remain at the center of the issue? And…

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