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Texas Standard: July 18, 2017

Governor Abbott says city politicians are trying to California our Texas. Hurting the Texas brand. But CEOs say there’s something far worse. The story today on the Standard. Happy first day of the special session. Coming up, what to expect and today’s listener question: Why can’t the lege work faster? The Texas housing boom of…

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What’s Up With Those Handmade ‘We Buy Houses’ Signs Around Austin?

You’ve probably seen them while driving around town –- those handwritten signs next to the road with messages like: “We buy houses for cash! Call now!” What are they about, and why?

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Texas Standard: May 26, 2017

Tasers are supposed to be a less-lethal tool for police. But sometimes they still result in deaths, we’ll explore. Also the double-s word is getting thrown around again: special session. We’ll check in on the Texas Legislature as lawmakers set to wrap up. And Texas sheep and goat ranchers are losing animals to predators. How…

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Texas Standard: May 16, 2017

Spy satellite photos made public plus a disturbing allegation against Syria that raises the specter of war crimes, we’ll explore. Plus reporting on the border has always been a challenge, but now it’s deadlier than ever, and some fear a shadow of silence spreading over Mexico. We’ll explain. Also Texas set to become the first…

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12th & Chicon: Live Broadcast Wrap-up

In October, KUT embarked on a project to tell the story of a neighborhood in transition: the area around 12th and Chicon streets in East Austin. Decades ago, it was a center of black life in the city, but over the past few years, the forces of gentrification have taken hold. We opened a bureau…

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12th & Chicon: Surviving the Development

KUT’s Jennifer Stayton spoke with Nefertiti Jackmon, executive director of Six Square, and Natasha Madison of the 12th Street Merchants’ Association at a live broadcast during Morning Edition from the Urban Co-Lab on 12th and Chicon streets. This is an excerpt from the entire broadcast which can be heard on another episode of this podcast.

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12th & Chicon: Austin’s Affordability Crisis

Dr. Eric Tang is an associate professor at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at UT-Austin. After analyzing that data a few years back, Tang wanted to look more closely at why African-Americans were leaving Austin – specifically, East Austin. KUT’s Jennifer Stayton spoke to Tang about this new research for our On…

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Texas Standard: March 13, 2017

Did Texas Republicans draw up districts intentionally to dilute minority voting strength? A federal court says yes: now what? It used to be known as the spinach capitol of the world. These days, it’s famous as the city where nearly every top official was charged with corruption. Crystal City: one year later. Also: it’s part…

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12th & Chicon: Allowing Denser Housing

Neighborhoods in East Austin are not immune to the difficult deliberations over housing density, affordability, and when a “tear-down” truly needs to be labeled historic. City council and the Historic Landmark Commission are challenged with weighing the rights of a homeowner and the desire to preserve Austin’s history.

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12th & Chicon: Preserving History

Ebony Acres, a historically black neighborhood in East Austin, is at the crossroads of preservation and development. With some homes slated for demolition, some neighbors are trying to slow the tides of change.

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12th & Chicon: Rising Land Values

Changes in the population of Austin, and the people now living here, are creating opportunities, but they’re also causing tension between the newcomers and the old-timers. The impact in East Austin can be seen through new construction as well as felt by residents.

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Why Does It Take So Long to Get Anything Built in Austin?

Austin residents are no strangers to orange cones dotting the highways or construction cranes in the sky. But one KUT listener wondered: Why does it take so long to get anything built around here?

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Texas Standard: May 16, 2016

Is there a way to stop skyrocketing prescription prices? A Texas congressman calls for aggressive therapy, we’ll explore. Also should drugs developed with taxpayer support have the patents pulled when prices get too high? A Texas democrat rallies his colleagues to push the Obama administration to do just that. We’ll talk with him. Plus nine…

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Texas Standard: March 22, 2016

A primary day in the US- a bloody day in Belgium, one some see as an attack on Europe …but what does it mean for us? We’ll explore. Also a white mob nearly burns down a city -the year 1943, the place, east Texas…a forgotten chapter of history which resonates today. A surge in citizenship…

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Texas Standard: February 16, 2016

Brake lights for miles- But is building more lanes on highways making things worse? We’ll explore. Also taking a bite out of crime… or at least the way we treat some criminal evidence. Plus… how some invasive plants are making it tough for border patrol agents to do their jobs. And we’ll check in on…

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Texas Standard: January 29, 2016

Equal Rights. Equal Obligations? A rite of passage for men may become a legal requirement for young women, too. Details today on the Texas Standard. Efforts are underway to remove a last vestige of sexism in the military. Not all women are thrilled about it, however. We’ll explore. Also Is growth is Texas making economic…

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Texas Standard: January 15, 2015

Did Texas Senator Ted Cruz stop the questions about his Canadian birth? Donald trump doesn’t think so. We’ll explore. Also why corruption among cops on both sides of the border is a problem for every Texan. And rewriting the book of life: every chapter and every relationship one memory at a time That’s the new…

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Texas Standard: September 30, 2015

Should police be required to live in the cities they serve? What about a bonus for those who will? Also, imagine making more than 200 thousand dollars a year but not letting go of your subsidized housing? The issue over-income families. Plus- an abortion clinic closed in the wake of new state restrictions, reopens…but for…

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