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Texas Standard: December 26, 2016

What were the top stories of 2016? This hour, we’re revisiting the people and events making news across the lone star state. Plus in 2014 people called it the surge. This year, as the numbers of Central American families crossing the border broke new records, what was being done to keep them from coming in…

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Texas Standard: November 16, 2016

A bill introduced to end sanctuary cities across Texas… but wait a minute. Are there any sanctuary cities across Texas? We’ll explore. Also a new oil boom becomes a knife fight for land. We’ll hear where, what’s behind it, and who’s getting rich. Plus Texas leads the nation in wind power, but at times, has…

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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…

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Texas Standard: October 5, 2016

It is being called the largest humanitarian event since the earthquake of 2010. A hurricane strikes Haiti, we’ll explore the implications. Also are police tracking who attends gun shows? A report that cops are making lists of license plate numbers triggers alarm bells over civil liberties. Plus to be undecided in Texas: with voting in…

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Texas Standard: October 3, 2016

Across Texas, people are talking about taxes, and not necessarily those of a certain presidential candidate. We’ll explore the details. Also the face of immigration is changing, literally. Detentions along the southern border show an unexpected rise in the numbers of people neither from Mexico or Central America. We’ll hear who they are, and what’s…

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Texas Standard: September 8, 2016

After 9/11 she left New York for Galveston. Her mission today: to get permission to sue the Saudis for the death of her husband, we’ll explore. Also voter ID restrictions in Texas. You thought they’d been overturned? Now the state’s back in court over the issue. What it means as election day fast approaches. And…

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Texas Standard: May 11, 2016

Overflow capacity at a Fort Worth school board meeting and a debate over bathrooms and gender identity. We’ll explore. Also he’s an army vet who’s earned a burial at Arlington if there’s room…but while he’s alive, he’s not allowed to step foot in the US. We’ll speak with him, and hear about the many others…

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Texas Standard: April 28, 2016

Educators do the perp walk in El Paso. 5 indicted on federal charges, some wonder what took em so long. The back story today on the Texas Standard. Also if you’re in Texas illegally, your legal options are limited…one thing that is possible however: adoption. A state policy raising eyebrows and interest. And amid a…

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Texas Standard: March 17, 2016

A Texas Police officer charged with murder after an off-duty encounter. So what should you do if approached by a plain-clothed person who says they’re a cop? We’ll explore. Also Merrick Garland: The SCOTUS nominee may have the name of a cowboy but does he have other Texas ties? He does when it comes to…

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Texas Standard: January 6, 2016

How the administration’s plan to re-patriate Central Americans is waking up Texans. This hour, Dilley Texas is once again a hot bed for immigration detention – but THIS time, Central Americans are leaving the country. Also, Why Texas is on the front lines of the war against tropical diseases. And what businesses and politicians have…

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Texas Standard: October 12, 2015

Is it a mental health issue or a gun problem? Mass killings spark a move by the Texas senior senator to tighten the law. Following the money: when major events across Texas claim to have major economic impacts, do the numbers add up? Also, Houston known for its hip hop but it wasn’t always. One…

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Texas Standard: August 25, 2015

The flood of immigrant children trying to enter the Texas border illegally has been cut in HALF. Is it proof the Texas border surge worked? Not everyone thinks so. Plus, your property tax bill could change depending on the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the city of Austin against the state of Texas. Also,…

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Texas Standard: July 16, 2015

Born in Texas, but denied a birth certificate. 17 Immigrant families file a civil rights suit saying their documents should be good enough. Also, a nuclear deal between Iran and the US…could North Korea be next? We’ll explore the possibilities. The city that almost singlehandedly gave birth to the concept of reefer madness is leading…

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Home and Homelessness

This month’s episode explores what it means to be displaced or without a home. Our new roundtable participants ask: How do we define “home”? Is it a house? Is it family, a sense of community? Is it a place or a feeling? The discussants share their perspectives, from the practical concerns of living on the…

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