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Texas Standard: January 4, 2017

A big deadline approaches in Congress, this one affecting more than 120-thousand Texans. We’ll explore why the so-called Dreamers are in limbo. And another big issue in Texas: the high rate of moms dying during or shortly after giving birth. We’re getting new information about the problem. Also, if you’re decluttering for the New Year…

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V&B – The Problem With Power: How The Office of President of The United States Is Set Up To Fail

The Impossible Presidency author Jeremi Suri joins No End Save Victory author David E. Kaiser along with the eminent economist James K. Galbraith and KUT’s Rebecca McInroy to talk about the history of the presidency from Washington to Trump, and what’s next for the role of the leader of our democracy.

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Texas Standard: September 19, 2017

Looking for bipartisanship? Look in the direction of the Pentagon. Lawmakers take a big step toward a massive boost for the US military, we’ll have the latest. Also, President Trump makes his first foray into the UN club he once made fun of. What’s his message, and what does it tell us about the relevance…

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Texas Standard: July 27, 2017

And on the eighth day the Texas senate took some time off. After passing 18 bills in one week, what happens next? We’ll explore. Plus he took an oath to serve his country. She is now wondering if she’ll be forced to leave the military. A conversation with an Air Force Staff Sergeant based in…

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Transition

Inauguration Day is here, and that means change. We don’t know what’s next – but we rarely ever do. Whether you cheered or not, tomorrow is a new day, with new problems, new ideas, and new ways to be a part of your community.

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Texas Standard: January 20, 2017

The 45th president of the United States promises big changes right away, with immigration high on the list, we’ll explore. Also, though many of the new president’s proposals remain rather ambiguous when it comes to detail, we do know how Mr.Trump plans to move forward with what he calls extreme vetting, we’ll break it down….

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Threatening To Leave The Country

When elections don’t go your way, you might be tempted to seek out a change of scenery, perhaps a change of citizenship. But it’s important to remember that you are what makes this country so special. So put down your visa application and look around – this can still be your home.

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What It Means to Be a Texas Gentleman

One of my favorite, but now largely unknown speakers in American history was Robert Green Ingersoll. Redwater, Texas was originally named Ingersoll – after him. He was a philosopher and a popular intellectual, the most sought after orator of his time. He left us many fine proverbs. One of my favorites is this: “The greatest…

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Texas Standard: December 20, 2016

The assassination of a symbol of the old order. The rise of populist nationalism. Can history help us, or are we kidding ourselves? We’ll explore. Also events in the US, Turkey and Germany this week have millions turning to the past to help make sense of the future. A Texas-based scholar will try to help…

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Unity

It’s been a long year and a long week, no matter how you voted on Election Day. We are all tired, and starting to look towards the future. It’s worth remembering that even though we may have different points of view – in the end, we are all humans.

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Texas Standard: November 10, 2016

Is governor Perry going to Washington after all? Why the president elect may be looking to Texas to fill some top jobs, we’ll explore. Also, a prominent congressman from Texas tells us the Senate should kill the filibuster. Not that there’s no precedent for such a rule change, as Senate democrats may recall. Plus Wendy…

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Vote

Today is the last day of early voting in Texas, and next Tuesday is Election Day. Forget the candidates, forget the talking heads on cable news, forget the social media arguments – remember that part of what makes our country special is our right to vote. No matter who you tick the box for, make…

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Undecided Voters

With 59 days left to the 2016 Presidential Election, most people have had their decision made for several months. But there are hold-outs – some are still researching issues and exploring their options. This poem is for the ones who dare to wait.

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The Race Has Gotten Ugly

We’ve been hearing from presidential hopefuls for nearly three years now. It’s 2016, and here we are counting down to the general election. Tensions are high and lines have been drawn. The one thing we can all agree on: things are getting ugly.

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Contested Convention

All the political hubbub around picking the 2016 electoral candidates at statewide conventions, like the one happening in San Antonio next week, is what inspired Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fruchter to write this week’s poem.

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Texas Standard: March 2, 2016

In the electoral wrecking ball of 2016, the Texas establishment emerges largely unscathed. But there’s more than meets the eye–we’ll explore. Happy Texas Independence Day! We’ll break apart the winners and losers all across the state, and what the outcomes tells us about who we are and where we’re headed politically. Also it could be…

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Ode to Candidate Drop-Outs

Every election year, there are candidates who decide to leave the race before it’s over. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Kari Anne Roy as she wrote this week’s poem.

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Texas Standard: December 1, 2015

Ted Cruz wants to be President. Born in the USA? Not exactly. Natural born citizen? Who be the judge? You be. Also- a terrorist army raking in half a billion a year from oil. What’s the best strategy for capping a gusher? A potential vacancy raises the question of whether the NBA’s ready for its…

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The Ticket: The First Democratic Debate

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Polls

National polling firm Gallup announced it won’t be polling for the Presidential election in 2016. Watching poll numbers fluctuate inspired this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem by Jodi Egerton.

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