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Texas Standard: April 3, 2020

Jammed phone lines, websites overloaded, for thousands of Texans seeking unemployment help and hitting walls. So what’s next? Our conversation with the Texas Workforce Commission about efforts to get relief out to Texas’ newly unemployed. Also, legal pushback on paid sick leave ordinances, where do we stand? And when does lots of space mean you’re…

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Poem In My Pocket

This Typewriter Rodeo poem was made based on a listener request. Share your ideas on social media or email [email protected]

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Closet Recordings:Jack Gilbert

In this, the tenth, edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “Failing and Falling,” by Jack Gilbert.

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Closet Recordings: Jane Hirshfield

In this, the ninth, edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “Day Beginning with Seeing the International Space Station and a Full Moon Over the Gulf of Mexico and All Its Invisible Fishes,” by Jane Hirshfield.

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Closet Recordings: Philip Levine

In this, the eighth, edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads, “The Mercy” by Philip Levine.

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Closet Recordings: Adélia Prado

In this seventh edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads “Guide” by Adélia Prado, translated into English by Ellen Doré Watson.

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Texas Standard: March 27, 2020

Concerns about safety for people in detention and behind bars in Texas. Whats best for their health and efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19? We’ll explore. Also, a steep learning curve for stay at home students statewide, as well as their parents and teachers. We’ll hear about that challenge. And in a state that…

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Closet Recordings: Pablo Neruda and The Friday Poetry Lesson

On this special Friday edition of This is Just To Say, The Closet Recordings, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to My Socks” and adds a lesson to all you young poets out there for how to write an ode. This is a great exercise for you to do with your kiddos…

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Closet Recordings: Lucille Clifton

In this fifth of our Closet Recordings during the quarantine, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads “Blessing The Boats,” by Lucille Clifton.

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Closet Recordings: Stanley Kunitz

In this fourth of our Closet Recordings during the quarantine, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads “The Layers,” by Stanley Kunitz.

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Closet Recordings: Wendell Berry

In this third of our Closet Recordings during the quarantine, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads “The Peace of Wild Things,” by Wendell Berry.

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Closet Recordings: Mary Oliver

In this second of our Closet Recordings during the quarantine, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain reads “When I am Among The Trees,” by Mary Oliver.

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Closet Recordings: William Stafford

As we all try to adapt to life during this pandemic, poet and novelist Carrie Fountain will add perspective and guidance through poetry. In the first of our special episodes of This is Just To Say titled, Closet Recordings, Fountain reads William Stafford‘s poem “For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid.”

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Texas Standard: March 20, 2020

The latest on efforts to develop a Cornonavirus vaccine and speed up research on medical treatments. Also with stay at home the order of the day, some tips on how to get more work done, even with the kids around. And diversionary tactics that don’t involve a screen. They call them books. Hot tips for…

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Preservation

This poem was made by request. You can share your ideas for the Typewriter Rodeo on social media or by emailing [email protected]

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Texas Standard: March 13, 2020

This is not a test. As Texas responds to a pandemic, health officials struggle to find ways to deal with a lag in Coronavirus testing, we’ll have the latest. Plus in major cities across the Lone Star State, city streets, schools and universities and office buildings getting empty. Events from rodeos to concerts and games…

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Traci Brimhall

Poet and novelist Carrie Fountain talks with poet Traci Brimhall about how hard it is to write a love poem, let alone a funny one. They swap quotes and discuss living the life of a “poet,” and Traci reads her poem, “Love Poem Without A Drop Of Hyperbole In It.“

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Texas Standard: March 6, 2020

A plan to restore the faith of Harris county Voters on their election system can’t come fast enough, we’ll have details. Plus we’ll tell you everything we know about the Coronavirus and how to prepare. And if you’re struggling to find housing in Texas, you’re not alone. Apparently we are short by about half a…

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WWII Veterans

This Typewriter Rodeo poem came by request. If you have an idea for a poem, let Texas Standard know on social media or email [email protected]

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Bathroom Break

Sometimes it seems like movies are getting longer — or perhaps it’s that our ability to make it through the movie without a quick run to the restroom is getting weaker. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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