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How Did Lake Travis’ Sometimes Islands Get Their Name?

They usually only appear when there’s and drought and lake levels are low. But who named them?

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Texas Standard: July 23, 2019

It’s not just protesters in Puerto Rico. From Killeen to El Paso and beyond, Texans with ties to the territory join a push to get its governor to resign. We’ll have the latest. Also: El Chapo, the drug lord convicted in a U.S. court last week, ordered to forfeit a multibillion dollar fortune. But not…

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Texas Standard: September 12, 2018

This time, it’s for real: the National GOP worried that Beto O’Rourke has a real shot at tipping the balance on Capitol Hill. We’ll take a look at the details. Also, Bob Woodward’s book just out this week details chaos in the Trump Administration, but there’s nothing chaotic about the systematic dismantling of environmental regulations….

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Life On Mars

Recent discoveries — and ongoing drought — inspired this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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Texas Standard: August 6, 2018

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…

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Texas Standard: July 30, 2018

Retired Texas teachers say they feel let down by a vote that could mean lower pension checks. We’ll explore the impact and the next steps. Also a multi-million dollar settlement involving a Houston-area refinery accused of doing too much polluting. We’ll look at the legal moves that made it happen. Plus, the story of a…

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Texas Standard: May 23, 2018

Lupe Valdez is the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. We’ll take a look at what she faces as she sets her sights towards the November Election, and Greg Abbott. Plus, we’ll break down the runoff results and hear from the political experts about which races surprised them and which could be clues to what could happen next…

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Texas Weather is Never Normal

When Admiral Perry arrived at the North Pole, according to legend, he said, “Must be a cold day in Amarillo!” He was referring of course to the old Texas saying that there is nothing between Amarillo and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence. Amarillo and the Panhandle are not just famous for arctic…

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Texas Creeks

If there’s one thing Texans can count on, it’s that they can’t count on creeks to flow all year. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Jodi Egerton as she wrote this week’s poem.

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The Time It Never Rained

The great Texas meteorologist Isaac Klein reportedly said back in the ’30s that Texas is a land of eternal drought, interrupted occasionally by biblical floods. Here is the way one writer describe one of these twenty-year droughts: “It crept up out of Mexico touching first along the brackish Pecos River, and spreading then in all…

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Hot Peppers: Gary Nabhan (Ep. 10)

In this edition of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Gary Nabhan, author of: Chasing Chiles – Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail; Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity; and Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey. Nabhan is an internationally-celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving…

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Texas Standard: July 21, 2015

The dust bowl, in reverse? As parched California goes bone dry- the headline across Texas..drought is over. In the run up to 2012 Rick Perry trumped up his cowboy in chief bonafides. Today, Rick Perry’s running without the Texas swagger..and some say, he tossed his mojo too… we’ll take a look. Despite the diplomatic thaw,…

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May 28, 2015

Flash flood warnings across Texas today. Evacuations in Parker County and the search for victims continues elsewhere – why are there so many homes in flood zones? We’ll speak to a reporter who says there’s a race in Texas to build in harms way. Meanwhile the rain has put a final nail in the coffin…

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